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Friday federal headlines - February 20, 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, a former Army captain is sentenced to five years in prison for wire and mail fraud, a new research center will help local governments increase their resilience to natural disasters and the operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 08:25am EST

Bill Milton, Chief Human Capital Officer, USDA

Training money is usually one of the first casualties of tight budget times. But some agencies are finding ways around current budget pressures to get their employees what they need. One of them is the Department of Agriculture. Billy Milton is chief human capital officer at USDA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how USDA is getting its training done with the resources it has.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 04:21pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The horror story of the $600 toilet seat is many years behind us. But the 21st Century equivalent may be the $29 stapler that Richard Ginman used as an example for why the Defense Department would audit General Services Administration schedules. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that story of the stapler got him motivated to do some research, and see if he could find that stapler.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:51pm EST
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Maj. Gen. Steve Smith, Former U.S. Army, Pat Park, Metalogix

Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning personify the concept of the insider threat. Defending against that threat is now one of the highest priorities for the military and intelligence communities. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Steven Smith is former chief information security officer for the Army. He's now Security Technology Adviser to Metalogix. Pat Park is vice president for public sector at Metalogix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained how agencies can tackle the different types of insider threats.

Tags: Steven Smith , Army , Metalogix , Pat Park , Industry Chatter , Industry ,

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Thursday federal headlines - February 19, 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,

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 08:41am EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

If you've never heard of the Invoice Processing Platform, you're probably not alone. It's a system for handling electronic transactions with vendors. And now the Office of Management and Budget is developing new guidance that strongly encourages agencies to use it and it alone. At the moment, your chief financial officer is commenting on the draft guidance. It's all part of OMB's more aggressive push to shared services in 2015. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what he's found out about the draft guidance, and where OMB is heading with shared services.

Tags: Jason Miller , Invoice Processing Platform , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , technology , OMB ,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:15am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By one measure, the Defense Department's health care bill is triple what it was 15 years ago. By another, medical costs make up 10 percent of the military's budget, compared to 6 percent in 2000. A new report from the Center for a New American Security says the department has to get health spending under control, and offers two main prescriptions. Peter Levin is an adjunct fellow at the center, and also a former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, he says it's true that the nation's overall health care costs have been rising, but DoD seems to be last in line to address the problem.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Center for a New American Security , Peter Levin , Veterans Affairs ,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 05:32pm EST
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Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Dov Zakheim, CSIS

Sequestration is still the law of the land, and the spending cap that the government has to work under is about $498 billion for the defense budget. But more and more members of Congress say that's not enough for the Pentagon. Dov Zakheim is senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Bob Hale is a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Both have served as Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about the possibilities for an agreement on the defense budget.

Tags: Bob Hale , Booz Allen Hamilton , Dov Zakheim , Center for Strategic and International Studies , DoD ,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is celebrating $2 billion of savings. The concept of "should cost" management was a key component of the first version of DoD's Better Buying Power program when it was first rolled out almost five years ago. But the Air Force's acquisition chief says the concept of "should-cost" has helped his department cut program costs by about $2 billion over the last several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Acquisition , Air Force , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 04:39pm EST
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Hurd: 'Three-Legged Stool' key to federal IT reform

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has four top priorities as new chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT, and he wants to use a "three-legged stool" approach to realize them.

Tags: Will Hurd , Congress , House , technology , cybersecurity , House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT , information technology , Sean McCalley

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 02:51pm EST
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