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Friday federal headlines - April 17, 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, talking about low morale at DHS is only making it worse, a new Congressional tip mailbox gives federal employees a place to sound off about their agencies and the Senate confirms a new undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department.

Tags: newsletters , Federal Drive , In Depth

Friday - 04/17/2015, 08:54am EDT

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

A Republican congressman yesterday introduced draft legislation to take the air traffic control system private. It would split the FAA in half, privatize the operational part and hand it over to the employees. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Mica admits this isn't his first attempt to change things.

Tags: John Mica , FAA , Congress , House , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
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Nate Lesser, Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the government and private industry to be on the same page when it comes to cybersecurity. The agency that issues hundreds of pages of cyber guidance for federal agencies also invited businesses from banks to restaurants to share best practices for public-facing web applications. Nate Lesser is the deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain with what they discussed, and where things go from here.

Tags: Nate Lesser , NIST , cybersecurity , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:13am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency managers have about a month to come up with new management goals for fiscal 2016 and 2017. As part of the Office of Management and Budget's annual goal-setting process, agencies are following a well-worn path. But this year that path also includes a bit of a twist. Lisa Danzig is the associate director for Personnel and Performance at OMB. She told executive editor Jason Miller about how the administration wants to ensure long-term focus on achieving its agency high-priority goals. As always, it starts with a memo.

Tags: Jason Miller , OMB , Management , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:34am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - April 16, 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 IRS has a very bad tax day on Capitol Hill, a congressional panel calls for the resignation of Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart and Homeland Security is asking for a big boost in cybersecurity spending next year.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:14am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM) is spreading to eight agencies, including some big ones. It's all the result of a big new contract award. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where CDM is headed over the next year.

Tags: Jason Miller , CDM , Booz Allen Hamilton , Contracting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:42am EDT
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Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

The Army's electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They've taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It's designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won't necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.

Tags: Joseph Dupont , Army , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Electronic Warfare

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

Tags: Gene Dodaro , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Comptroller , Congress

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Contracting

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - April 15, 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, NIH awards dozens of vendors spots on its latest governmentwide technology acquisition vehicle, GAO lays out its annual duplication and waste list and the remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor will be identified More then seven decades later, remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor more than seven decades later.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:20am EDT
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