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Thursday federal headlines - January 8, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a former HUD employee is sentenced for stealing more than $800,000 dollars from the government, the Postal Service breaks an agency record for parcel deliveries and Chuck Hagel might be secretary of Defense a month longer than he and President Obama anticipated.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 07:55am EST

Roger Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Agilex, Former CIO, VA

Christmas is over, but a new Congress starts this week. So now is really the perfect time to offer Capitol Hill a federal IT wish list. Roger Baker is chief strategy officer of Agilex, and former chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a wish list of his own.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:20pm EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The retirement claims backlog reached its lowest level in more than a year. The Office of Personnel Management said it received 1,600 fewer claims last month than expected. But it's predicting 19,000 new claims for the month of January. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says more federal employees will retire this year than in the last -- but there's a whole group of people leaving government that isn't getting enough attention.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:37pm EST

Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Agencies across government are changing their budget priorities as the money shrinks. That means your agency may have to get creative to provide training opportunities. Virginia Hill is national president of Young Government Leaders. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. She says you shouldn't wait for someone else to take the training lead.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:28pm EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. military relies on commercial technology for the most important building blocks. It doesn't design and build its own computing hardware any more. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Navy is applying the same principle to its big weapons systems more and more.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:39pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Housing and Urban Development expects the 1,000 new employees it hired in 2014 to do more than just help it to meet its mission.The new employees are an important way HUD is leading a culture change. Michael Anderson is HUD's chief human capital officer and Towanda Brooks is HUD's deputy CHCO. In part two of their interview with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller, they discuss the secondary goal of HUD's 2014 hiring spree.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Rafael Borras, Senior Advisor, AT Kearney

A chief risk officer can help some agencies deal with budget uncertainty and high-profile program failures like HealthCare.gov, according to the Office of Management and Budget. 2015 may be the year OMB lays out a way to add the new CXO title to the federal workforce. Rafael Borras is a senior adviser at AT Kearney, and former under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says agencies need to pay attention to OMB's plan for enterprise risk management.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

As the 114th Congress convenes this week, leaders on both sides of the Hill say budget issues will be priorities. Leaders at the Defense Department are already campaigning against sequestration, and the budget will likely be a big part of the discussion at Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing next month. Dov Zakheim is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Comptroller of the Department of Defense. He's also a member of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said DoD getting in front of the sequester problem is the right strategy.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - January 7, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog drops to its lowest point in more than a year, a Navy commander pleads guilty to federal bribery charges and two people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting at a Veterans Affairs medical clinic in Texas.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 08:40am EST

Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates

Turning the calendar to 2015 has some federal leaders thinking more about the year 2020, specifically what the federal workforce looks like in five years. A lot of the focus has been on recruitment in the past few years. Elaine Duke is principal at Elaine Duke and Associates. She's former Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. She says retention could be the big challenge for the new year.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:23pm EST
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