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Damon Davis, Director, Health Data Initiative, HHS has reached old age in technology terms. Five years after its launch to make health data more accessible, the technology running the portal is well behind the times. Damon Davis, director for the Health Data Initiative in the Department of Health and Human Services, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the changes coming to later this year.

Tags: Damon Davis , HHS , Health IT ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:47pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Achieving energy independence on military bases is a priority across the Defense Department. Fort Knox, Kentucky, is the first base to actually do it. The fort uses new generators, and a supply of naturally-occurring gas deposits underneath the base, to operate all of its facilities while completely disconnected from the outside electric grid. R.J. Dyrdek, energy manager at Fort Knox, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, the initial motivation for getting off the grid was a terrible ice storm in 2009, which left parts of the base without electricity for up to a week.

Tags: DoD , energy efficiency , Fort Knox , Jared Serbu ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:30pm EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration wants to know why prices change between different schedules for the same or similar items. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's competitive pricing initiative could create a flood of industry experts jumping to conclusions.

Tags: Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , GSA

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:24pm EDT

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

More transparency is the goal of two bills the Senate will consider. One deals with the information federal agencies release when they reach settlement agreements. The other one requires details on costs and performance for federal programs. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the concept behind the bill on settlements first.

Tags: James Lankford , Senate , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:19pm EDT

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

A stack of bills that affects federal employees is under consideration in Congress. One would create new protections for military whistleblowers, and another would expedite the firing process at the Department of Veterans Affairs even more. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed how the bills could affect federal employees in the future.

Tags: Janet Kopenhaver , Federally Employed Women , Veterans Affairs Department , whistleblower ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:17pm EDT

Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

Tags: Bob Lohfeld , Lohfeld Consulting Group , ACT-IAC , Acquisition , DoD ,

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del), Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

The Senate has cyber legislation and transition legislation on its agenda in the coming weeks. The House has passed two bills on cyber security that the Senate will take up, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sends the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 to the floor of the Senate. Senator Tom Carper, ranking member of that Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there's an economic reason cyber security legislation is important.

Tags: Sen. Tom Carper , Congress , Cybersecurity

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:56pm EDT

Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

38 members of the think tank community -- from all across the ideological spectrum -- are signatories to an open letter on Defense Department reform. Philip Carter is director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained his input as one of the signers of the letter.

Tags: Phil Carter , DoD

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:15pm EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - May 6, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, OPM authorizes agencies to use speedy hiring authority to build their teams of digital whiz kids, the White House guidance to agencies on 2017 budgets calls for holding the line on discretionary spending and a pending Senate bill shows how frustrated some members are with the progress in service improvement at the Veterans Affairs Department.

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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:58am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have new power to hire experts to work on specific IT projects without having to go through the standard federal hiring process. The Office of Personnel Management authorizes the use of excepted service for digital services experts. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why OPM took this unusual step.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:01pm EDT
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