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Tuesday federal headlines - November 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is giving the military credit for helping to contain Ebola, hits its first snag this open enrollment season and Mutual funds might soon be an option for employees enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 07:59am EST

David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

The three biggest landlords in the federal government don't know how much federal agencies are actually using their own property. The Government Accountability Office reports one thinks almost all of its warehouses are in use, when in reality some of them are sitting empty and forgotten. David Wise is Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the latest results in the ongoing effort to rightsize the federal real property portfolio.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:17pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department is preparing its holiday catalog. It is loaded with shared services though, instead of lovely gift ideas. Treasury is opening the door for industry to participate in the governmentwide effort. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Treasury's plans. He joins

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:26pm EST

Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, Director for Exercises and Training, Cyber Command

U.S. Cyber Command is reviewing the results of its biggest exercise of the year. CYBERFLAG is designed to test out the military forces' ability to keep fighting when an adversary is attacking their networks, and to link up cyber forces with the more traditional air, sea, land and space domains. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is Cyber Command's director for exercises and training. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the exercise -- and the three types of teams involved in it -- with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:44pm EST

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

About half of federal agencies have a central office dedicated to performance management, according to the Government Accountability Office. But only about half of those agencies actually get consistent funding to keep their performance offices running. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some ideas for how to improve the federal performance management system.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:15pm EST

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 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.

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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

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.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST

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

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.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:17pm EST
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