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Thursday morning federal headlines - Sept. 29

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , hiring reform , Mark Center , GSA , CSC

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 08:42am EDT

OMB wants agencies to 'own' their budget cuts

Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew said the White House will be less dictatorial and more collaborative in finding spending reductions that work for each agency, individually. Lew would not rule out further changes to federal employee pay and benefits. Agencies are encouraged to work with stakeholders, especially Congress, from the beginning of the process to what the cuts should be.

Tags: workforce , budget , Jack Lew , Todd Grams , OMB , Booz Allen Hamilton , Partnership for Public Service , management , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 05:36am EDT
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VA needs to tighten oversight of G.I. Bill

Three senators say the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill needs tougher oversight after new figures show a quarter of the program's funds went to just eight companies that run for-profit colleges.

Tags: DoD , GI Bill , Congress , VFW , vetjobs , Tom Carper , Tom Harkin , Jim Webb , Curtis Coy , ted daywalt , education , Jared Serbu , Ryan Gallucci

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:20am EDT
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Are multiple award contracts out of control?

The proliferation of multiple award contracts across the government has reached a tipping point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is on a listening tour trying to figure out how to tame this unwieldy beast. The administration's efforts come as several agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department plan to recompete or issue new procurements for MACs in the coming year.

In our special report, Contract Overload, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explores all sides of this complex issue. What is the cost to industry to continually bid on these contracts? How do these costs get passed to agencies? Why do agencies believe they need their own MACs instead of using contracts provided by the General Services Administration, or other governmentwide acquisition contracts? What, if anything, can OFPP do to reel in the explosion in redundant contracts?

Tags: contracting , OFPP , GSA , DHS , Justice , Treasury , GWAC , Multiple award contracts , Jason Miller , Contract Overload

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 03:59pm EDT

Steven Fyfe: Helping vets whose 'shoes I used to be in'

Since 2009, Steven Fyfe has been a transition patient advocate at the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His job is to help seriously ill or injured vets when they return from active duty.

Tags: new face of government , young feds , steven fyfe , veteran , transition patient advocate , hiring

Monday - 07/25/2011, 06:00am EDT

VA strategic center fills gap in acquisition chain

Iris Cooper, the associate deputy assistant secretary of Acquisition Logistics, and Construction for VA, explains the center' responsibilities.

Tags: Iris Cooper , acquisition , Strategic Acquisition Center , In Depth

Monday - 05/23/2011, 05:00pm EDT
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GAO: VA's medical equipment policy may threaten vets' safety

The VA has tried twice to fix the way its takes care of reusable medical equipment. But the Government Accountability Office is still finding some problems.

Tags: Randall Williamson , GAO , veterans , medical equipment , In Depth

Monday - 05/09/2011, 05:42pm EDT
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Shutdown would challenge vets too

Not everything will remain normal for veterans seeking help.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , shutdown

Friday - 04/08/2011, 08:40am EDT

Foreclosures hit vets hard in 2010

More than 20,000 veterans, active-duty troops and reservists lost their homes last year.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , mortgage lenders , veterans

Friday - 02/04/2011, 08:40am EST
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