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Thursday federal headlines - December 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, lots of federal agencies will have new assignments under the Obama administration's new policy towards Cuba, top Air Force officials cancel their plans for involuntary force reductions in 2015 and OPM updates its closure procedures.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 08:23am EST

Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

Tags: Ann Marie Dougherty , Bob Woodruff Foundation , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute , DoD

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:21am EST
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Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him, he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases one in the federal sector and one in the private.

Tags: Heidi Burakiewicz , Mehri & Skalet PLLC , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , pay

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 11:24am EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - December 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, lawmakers are furious with the Social Security Administration for targeting family members to resolve decades-old debts, the Transportation Security Administration asked for and received an exemption from the Obama administration's ban on racial profiling and a former Homeland Security Department official is sentenced to three years in prison.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 08:46am EST

Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

Tags: Daniel R. Elliott III , Best Places to Work , Surface Transportation Board , workforce , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:28am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Get rid of data centers and start using cloud computing. It seemed like a simple directive from the White House. But nothing in the federal government is that easy. Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards into cloud contracts has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is jumping in to clarify the best ways for agencies to use the Federal Risk Authorization and Management (Fed-RAMP) standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the expected changes to Fed-RAMP in 2015.

Tags: jason miller , OFPP , FedRAMP , cloud computing , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:32am EST
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Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a "high risk" list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

Tags: Gene Aloise , SIGAR , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Afghanistan , waste fraud abuse , oversight , DoD

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:12am EST
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Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing-states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

Tags: Carrie Hessler-Radelet , Peace Corps , workforce , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:04am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - December 16, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Veterans Affairs Department is getting some help from IBM's Watson, the Senate confirms Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocks a bill that aims to reduce the number of veteran suicides.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:30am EST

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 - from senior executives to civil service reform.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , workforce , Congress

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:00am EST
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