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Friday federal headlines - January 30, 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, President Barack Obama's 2016 budget request will include $1 billion for Native American schools, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday and the military makes data on Afghan National Security Forces classified.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Friday - 01/30/2015, 07:57am EST

Dr. William "Kip" Krebs, Warfighter Performance Dept., Office of Naval Research

The Navy has a powerful software system that dramatically reduces the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions. That same software recently made its way above the surface and was installed on the guided missile cruiser, USS Mobile Bay. Dr. Kip Krebs, program officer in the Office of Naval Research's Warfighter Performance Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the app's uses.

Tags: William Krebs , Office of Naval Research , Navy , USS Mobile Bay , technology , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:45am EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Is the federal hiring process rigged? If so, is it even worth it to apply for a federal job? A recent report from the Merit Systems Protection Board says that, for the most part, federal hiring follows merit principles. Meaning, most jobs are filled through competition. But a commentator at FederalNewsRadio.com has a contrary view, and that's gotten our readers talking. Julia Ziegler is Federal News Radio's Web Manager. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your comments on the matter.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , hiring , MSPB , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/30/2015, 10:50am EST
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Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor on Housing and Services, HUD

Volunteers across the country recently set out to conduct a count of all homeless persons in their communities. It's part of Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time counts. In fact, HUD personnel themselves join in the overnight counting exercises. They're designed to tally the number of people living in emergency shelters and transitional housing. Jennifer Ho is the HUD Secretary's Senior Advisor on Housing and Services. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained what the point-in-time counts accomplish.

Tags: Jennifer Ho , HUD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , homelessness

Friday - 01/30/2015, 09:55am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - January 29, 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, a new bill would make the details, costs and performance metrics of every federal program more transparent, the Justice Department has pushed back the court dates for thousands of immigrants who are waiting for hearings and an independent panel will recommend changes in the military health and retirement system designed to save $20 billion dollars over the next four years.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:17am EST

Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the secret service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

Tags: Cheri Cannon , Tully Rinckey PLLC , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Secret Service , Julia Pierson

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:16am EST
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Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

Tags: Paul Bartley , HHS , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , shared services , OMB

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:12am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith describes the type of people needed to populate the new digital services offices across government in a simple way: TQ. So what kind of person is that? Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller describes Smith's formula on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , In Depth , Federal Drive , Megan Smith

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:25pm EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - January 28, 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 man who flew a drone onto the White House lawn works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, health care enrollment is getting closer to the Obama administration's goal and there's a little less gobbledygook coming from the federal government.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:10am EST

Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

If the recent Washington Metro tunnel fire showed anything, it's that emergency coordination down under is practically non-existent. Equally missing was interoperable radio communications something the federal government has deemed essential for emergency response. Federal efforts to improve radio go back at least 20 years. Alan Tilles, chairman of the Telecommunications Department at the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the communications failure.

Tags: Alan Tilles , WMATA , Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy and Ecker , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , emergency response

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:57am EST
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