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Tuesday federal headlines - Sept. 30, 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 Office of Special Counsel said it persuaded VA to settle with three whistleblowers in the Phoenix medical center, and a secretive data mining firm wins a big contract.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:17am EDT

Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

President Barack Obama is going it alone for the time being. He's sending military resources to drop bombs and shoot missiles at the Islamic State line in Iraq and Syria. He's working largely without the counsel, much less consent, of Congress. Is there a big vacuum in Washington with Congress gone until after the mid-term elections? Or is there a streamlined operation without too much distraction? Justin Sink, White House correspondent for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Tom Temin , Congress , DoD , Justin Sink , Hill Newspaper , Federal Drive , Islamic State , White House , Barack Obama

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:05am EDT
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André Mendes, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from a building close by to one several blocks away, the BBG seized the opportunity. The agency countered with a plan to renovate the offices on the fourth floor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building. Phase one of the new open-office plan is almost complete and is changing the interior look of the 76-year-old building. André Mendes is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , Public Buildings Service , Andre Mendez , Broadcasting Board of Governors , renovations

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is proposing stricter lending protections for service members who take out short-term loans. The department says the move would close several loopholes in current regulations that are supposed to protect service members from predatory lenders. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details from his DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD , Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , loans

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:57am EDT
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Relmond Van Daniker, President, Association of Government Accountants

A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Relmond Van Daniker , Association of Government Accountants , taxpayers , financial management , people

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:00am EDT
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Monday federal headlines - Sept. 29, 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, part of the Broadcasting Board of Governors is consolidating offices, and an American Ebola patient is being treated at the National Institutes of Health.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:37am EDT

Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

Tags: Dafna Rand , Center for a New American Security , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:24am EDT
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T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

Tags: TJ Kennedy , First Responder Network Authority , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:29am EDT
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Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

Tags: David Thompson , Strategic Command , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:55am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department is a classic. It's a tale of a senior veterans health administration deputy chief procurement officer committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:20am EDT
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