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Steve Bucci, Allison Center Director, Heritage Foundation

The Pentagon announces more successful air strikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The new year hasn't brought a new policy in dealing with the Islamic State, but more American advisers are on the ground in Iraq. And 2015 may be the year that calls for more of an American military presence in both countries to get louder. Steve Bucci is Director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said decisions the enemy makes may force the hand of the United States.

Tags: Steve Bucci , Heritage Foundation , Islamic State , DoD , sequestration , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:26pm EST

Jane Holl Lute, President, Council on Cybersecurity

A data breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs is the latest in the long line of cyber events in the Federal government. Jane Holl Lute is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Cybersecurity, and former Deputy Secretary of the Homeland Security Department. In her Top 3 for 2015, she writes low cost, basic cybersecurity prevents 80 percent to 90 percent of all known attacks. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained whether or not she's confident that equation will stay the same this year since incentives for the bad guys will continue to grow.

Tags: Francis Rose , Janet Holl Lute , Council on Cybersecurity , cybersecurity , technology , United Nations , Top 3 for 2015

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:28pm EST

Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they're interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she's worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she's keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.

Tags: NARFE , Francis Rose , Jessica Klement , Top 3 for 2015 , retirement , budget

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:29pm EST

Monday federal headlines - January 5, 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, Congress returns to Washington tomorrow with some new faces, the Office of Personnel Management addresses changes to veterans preference and most funds in the Thrift Savings Plan return in the negative in December.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 08:35am EST

Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Major reforms are coming to the Senior Executive Service. A Leadership Development Program, an advisory group and new customer service award are some of the major changes President Barack Obama has proposed. Bob Tobias, professor with Key Executive Leadership programs at American University, says the reforms are a start. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose he's looking for stronger leadership over of the Executive Branch in 2015.

Tags: Bob Tobias , American University , Senior Executive Service , management , workforce , Top 3 for 2015

Monday - 12/29/2014, 03:04pm EST

Friday federal headlines - January 2, 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 Postal Service will start a round of plant closures next week, the FBI plans to add some new experts to its investigative teams cyber agents and leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee want answers about how federal law enforcement uses technology for sweeping up cell phone data.

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Friday - 01/02/2015, 08:03am EST

New IG council chair maps out oversight priorities

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General. On Jan. 1, Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, will begin his two-year term as chair of the organization. He and his predecessor, former GSA IG Brian Miller, discussed the many challenges of directing the 72 inspectors general in government.

Tags: Brian Miller , GSA , Michael Horowitz , Justice Department , Council of Inspectors General , CIGIE , oversight , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 12/31/2014, 03:13pm EST

Chris Smith, AT&T Government Solutions

A flurry of cybersecurity bills passed through Congress after six years of no legal progress at all on the cyber front. Individually, none of the five cyber bills stand out above the rest. That's according to Chris Smith, vice president of for technology at AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's the passage of all five at once that's significant.

Tags: Chris Smith , AT&T , technology , cybersecurity , Congress ,

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:04pm EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - December 30, 2014

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 IRS says it will launch the 2015 tax filing season on time, the Navy assists in the recovery of a downed Indonensian airliner and a special inspector general will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 08:17am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The improved sharing of law enforcement and homeland security information is having the intended effect 10 years after Congress created a new office to lead the effort. The impact of all the changes can now be understood more than a year after the tragic and deadly attack at the Boston Marathon. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He told executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about how the response to the Boston Marathon attack, and other examples, shows just how much progress has been made over the last decade.

Tags: Jason Miller , information sharing , law enforcement , homeland security , Boston Marathon , Kshemendra Paul , ISE , Information Sharing Environment , Tom Temin , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:31am EST
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