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Tuesday federal headlines - September 23, 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, U.S. forces launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, and the Postal Service adds 9,000 jobs.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 08:48am EDT

Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is out of sync with the General Services Administration and their plan to consolidate DHS headquarters. Poor planning is causing cost overruns and delays, and the construction project still has another 12 years to go. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency about the progress on the $4.5 billion project, and shared his insight on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

President Barack Obama's signature makes the continuing resolution through Dec. 11 official. And the leaders of the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate are already at work on a spending plan for the rest of fiscal 2015. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the committee's work on the omnibus bill.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel's decision last week to move out of the federal chief information officer's position and into a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development caught most people by surprise. But after spending more than three years as the federal CIO, many experts surmise VanRoekel's decision was as much about stepping into a new role fighting the Ebola virus as it was that he probably needed a change. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his bi-weekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason tells In Depth with Francis Rose what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

A continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 now has President Barack Obama's signature. It prevents a full government shutdown from kicking in on Oct. 1, but it doesn't do much else for federal employees. Colleen Kelley is president of the National Treasury Employees Union. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed the impact of the CR for her members.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Charles Tiefer, Law Professor, University of Baltimore

A contracting loophole denies small businesses the chance to land subcontracting opportunities with the Defense Department. The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program removes the requirement for prime DoD contractors to report their small business subcontracting plans. That leaves them without an incentive to meet their small business goals. Charles Tiefer is a law professor and contracting expert from the University of Baltimore. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's time to end the 25-year old test program.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Monday federal headlines - September 22, 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, Gen. Ray Odierno says sequestration will significantly degrade the Army's ability to carry out its mission, and a bill passed in the Senate would remove administratively uncontrollable overtime pay for border patrol agents.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 08:22am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new program debuts on Federal News Radio. We're introducing you to the people behind some of the most important, difficult and complex work in the federal government. Emily Kopp hosts the debut program of "Federal Voices." She tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she's covering.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The deadline is coming quickly for you if you're planning to retire this year. The first step is to figure out what you need to turn into the Office of Personnel Management. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a list of steps you need to follow if you want to retire before the end of the year.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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