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Thursday federal headlines - December 18, 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, lots of federal agencies will have new assignments under the Obama administration's new policy towards Cuba, top Air Force officials cancel their plans for involuntary force reductions in 2015 and OPM updates its closure procedures.

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Thursday - 12/18/2014, 08:23am EST

Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Linda Robinson , RAND Corporation , Afghanistan , asymmetrical warfare , Francis Rose , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST

Bob Behn, senior lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

With about two years left in the Obama administration and a new President's Management Agenda, measuring that success becomes more critical. One way people do it is with Key Performance Indicators. Bob Behn is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of "PerformanceStat Potential." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said having too many key indicators may be worse than not having enough.

Tags: Bob Behn , Francis Rose , Harvard Kennedy School of Government , management

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:00pm EST
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Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency is just getting started with a new cybersecurity methodology called the continuous monitoring risk scoring system or CMRSS. Dave Bennett is DISA's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about the CMRSS approach.

Tags: Jason Miller , Francis Rose , DISA , Dave Bennett , CIO

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:03pm EST
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Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

Tags: Steve Kelman , Harvard Kennedy School for Government , Francis Rose , pay for results , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:54pm EST
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Kim Weaver, director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

President Obama signs a bill that changes how new Federal employees will save for retirement. Instead of having 3% of their pay go into the G Fund if they don't choose for themselves, the money will go into one of the TSP's lifecycle funds. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the TSP has been behind this idea for a long time.

Tags: Kim Weaver , TSP , Lifecycle Funds , retirement , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:43pm EST
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Michael Horowitz, IG, Justice Department, Brian Miller, Navigant

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General in the federal government. The Chair of that organization serves a two-year term, and the new leader takes over Jan. 1. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration. He brought the council's new leader on In Depth with Francis Rose to officially introduce him.

Tags: Francis Rose , Michael Horowitz , Brian Miller , Navigant , Justice Department , Council of Inspectors General

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:08pm EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - December 17, 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, lawmakers are furious with the Social Security Administration for targeting family members to resolve decades-old debts, the Transportation Security Administration asked for and received an exemption from the Obama administration's ban on racial profiling and a former Homeland Security Department official is sentenced to three years in prison.

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Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 08:46am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Eleven members make up the Postal Service Board of Governors. They're a little short on manpower right now though. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp reports they only have five members. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose how they got that way and why that's hurting their work.

Tags: Francis Rose , Emily Kopp , Postal Service Board of Governors

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:50pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards in procurements has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is writing a new policy to give agencies some guidance on how to include the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program, or FedRAMP, standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new policy and other expected changes to FedRAMP in 2015.

Tags: Francis Rose , Jason Miller , cloud security , FedRAMP

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:48pm EST
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