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Tuesday federal headlines - February 10, 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, President Obama asks Germany for the benefit of the doubt on National Security Agency surveillance, the second-highest ranking official at the Secret Service is stepping down and the Fish and Wildlife Service will spend $3.2 million dollars to help save the monarch butterfly.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 07:35am EST

Wednesday federal headlines - February 11, 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, the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approves Ash Carter to be the next Defense Secretary

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 08:32am EST

Norm Lorentz, Former Chief Technology Officer, OMB

The nation's third federal chief information officer will inherit an agenda that builds off his predecessors. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, says incoming CIO Tony Scott will start working on legacy projects, like the administration's Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Norm Lorentz is former director of the global public sector practice at Grant Thornton, and the first chief technology officer of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he took an inside look at Tony Scott and the work that's ahead for him.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:19pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House announced Tuesday a new cyber threat intelligence center to better understand and coordinate the response to the threats the nation faces. The approach the administration is taking isn't a new one. In fact, it's modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the center and why many experts say this approach seems like the right one.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon says Congress needs to approve the President's request to exceed the sequestration budget caps in 2016 and beyond, or the military's reduced readiness will fall even further. But Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work says it's not purely a money problem. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the military services won't get to "full spectrum" readiness for another eight years, even in a best-case scenario.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:28pm EST
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Keith Trippie, CEO, Trippie Group

Two new entries join this year's High-Risk List from the Government Accountability Office. Nextgov reports the GAO includes IT acquisition and veterans health care in its biennial risk assessment. Keith Trippie is CEO of Trippie Group, and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office in the CIO Office of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the challenges agencies face to get off the list.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:23pm EST
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Chip Fulghum, Chief Financial Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department would furlough 30,000 employees if the agency shuts down at the end of the month. Secretary Jeh Johnson says even if Congress passes a continuing resolution, he still might have to furlough employees. Chip Fulghum is the chief financial officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what how a CR affects his agency's operation.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy and Marine Corps are investing millions of dollars in unmanned helicopters, jeeps and ships, which sound like they're right out of science fiction novels. The scientists and technologists were in full geek mode as they discussed the next generation vehicles and weapons at the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller visited the expo and spoke with several of the people behind the new innovations.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:55pm EST
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Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, inherits a governmentwide IT budget of about $81 billion. He also takes over at a time when federal agencies are ramping up their cybersecurity spending. Karen Evans is executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former e-Government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down his top priorities as the new federal CIO.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:45pm EST
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Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

Federal agencies are wise to contractors that low-ball their contract prices just to get a deal. Some of those companies try to get around the low price by doing the work at normal price anyway, and getting the agency to reimburse them. Bill Welch is partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he did a post-mortem on a recent Navy contract that shows the agency's catching on to this tactic.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:39pm EST
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