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Wednesday federal headlines - May 27, 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, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the latest cyber criminals are no amateurs, thirteen cities will see an increase in federal locality pay starting next year and President Obama urges the Senate to extend provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in four days.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 08:49am EDT

Government overlooks diamonds in its own back yard

Commentary: Before turning to Silicon Valley for all the answers, government agencies should look to local talent in the D.C. area, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Tags: Tom Temin , commentary , Federal Drive , Silicon Valley , Technology , industry

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Veterans Affairs , Cybersecurity

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
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Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

Tags: Erik Wasson , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Senate , budget , Congress

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:47am EDT
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New guidance streamlines agency handling of unclassified information

The Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration has published a new guide to help agencies manage and label unclassified information.

Tags: John Fitzpatrick , NARA , Records management , FOIA , Federal Drive , Controlled unclassified information , CUI , Michael OConnell , management

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 05:03pm EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - May 26, 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 has voted to make it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq that the United States supports its fight against Islamic State militants and a labor union wants the government to follow the lead of Los Angeles and raise minimum wage.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 07:35am EDT

John Fitzpatrick, Director, Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration

It'll soon be easier for agencies to manage the dissemination of controlled unclassified information (CUI). That's thanks to a new guide published by the National Archives and Records Administration's Information Security Office. John Fitzpatrick is the office's director. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

Tags: John Fitzpatrick , NARA , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , CUI

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:46am EDT
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Andrea Ippolito & Melissa Oliver, Veterans Affairs Department

Imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone or even tie your shoes. It's an unfortunate reality for far too many veterans and civilians. VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies aims to help alleviate that. VA has invited designers and engineers to help find creative ways to solve these challenges. Andrea Ippolito is a presidential innovation fellow in VA's Office of Innovation; Melissa Oliver is an occupational therapist and assistive technology program coordinator. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Creation Series.

Tags: Andrea Ippolito , Melissa Oliver , Veteran Affairs , Federal Drive , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:53am EDT
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Carol Cha, Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The government spends about $1.2 billion a year on mobile devices and services. But the Government Accountability Office found many agencies aren't keeping good track of those devices, or the money it spends on them. Carol Cha is the director of IT acquisition management issues at GAO. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: Carol Cha , GAO , mobile , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:05am EDT
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Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Bloomberg Government has compiled a list of the top 200 federal contractors of the last fiscal year and found some surprising trends. First off, it learned the government spent 3.1% less on contracts in fiscal 2014 than in 2013, when it had to deal with sequestration. Duncan Amos is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Federal Industry Leaders Study.

Tags: Duncan Amos , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , contracting , Emily Kopp , Federal Industry Leaders Study

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:08am EDT
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