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Monday federal headlines - November 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, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announces his retirement, the State Department shuts off its unclassified e-mail after a cyber attack and the Pentagon looks for fresh ideas on how to keep military superiority.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/17/2014, 08:19am EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A two-pronged approach to building the workforce of the 21st century is coming from the Office of Personnel Management. Director Katherine Archuleta says the strategy includes some technology, some new approaches to old problems and some old-fashioned glad handing. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the two employee groups that form the two prongs of the OPM strategy.

Tags: OPM , Katherine Archuleta , Emily Kopp , workforce , millenials , recruitment , Francis Rose

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:26pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs just found out that independent auditors have given their IT security program a failing grade for the 16th year in a row. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on the security shortcomings and what VA says it's doing to fix them.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , IT security , DoD , Jared Serbu , Francis Rose

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , open season , Medicare Part B , National Institute of Transition Planning , benefits , Francis Rose , health care

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst, Forrester

The President's Management Agenda includes a big customer service component. Deputy Director for Management at OMB, Beth Cobert, details how she expects your agency to improve its customer service experience. Rick Parrish, senior analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals at Forrester, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect in the year ahead.

Tags: Rick Parrish , Forrester , OMB , Beth Cobert , management , customer service , Francis Rose

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Federal News Countdown: Underwhelming reform, Lame-duck Congress

Bob Woods, founder and president of Topside Consulting, counts down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:36pm EST

Friday federal headlines - November 14, 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, another head rolls at the Veterans Affairs Department, the Justice Department comes under fire for a cell phone data collection program, and the Pentagon warns the fight against ISIS may need more American troops.

Tags: Federal Drive , newscasts

Friday - 11/14/2014, 07:00am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration's effort to benchmark costs and best practices of agency back-office functions is overcoming its initial skeptics. The Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration say this is the first step toward long-term and meaningful efficiency and effectiveness improvements. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how some agencies are doing an about face when it comes to understanding the value of this benchmarking initiative.

Tags: GSA , Office of Management and Budget , management , efficiency , Jason Miller , Francis Rose ,

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:29pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Army Corps of Engineers say the effects of climate change mean its vast network of civil works projects is going to have to contend with weather events that are more severe and most importantly less predictable. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Corps is changing its planning process to account for that uncertainty, and it's about much more than building higher and stronger dams and levees.

Tags: Army Corps of Engineers , Army , Jared Serbu , Francis Rose , climate change , management

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:27pm EST
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Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

Tags: Kim Hayes , Robert McDonald , Veterans Affairs , veterans , customer service , Ambit Group , GovCon Awards , Francis Rose

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
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