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GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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Despite objections, Air Force sees no good alternatives to eliminating aircraft fleets

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Air Force's proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it's the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT
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Studying women's figures

Lots of important people in government spend a lot of their time studying women's figures. And many agree it is the right, and smart, thing to do, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. Also, a lot of women think it is time to stop studying them and get down to action.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ken Allen, Executive Director, ACT-IAC

The departure of Dave McClure at the General Services Administration marks the loss of another John J. Franke Award winner. McClure received that award last year. Friday is the deadline for nominations for this year's award. Ken Allen, executive director of the ACT-IAC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose time is running out to recognize some of the federal government's greatest work.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:46pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's top officer says Congress needs to allow his service to make the painful decision to retire entire fleets of aircraft in order to cope with budget cuts. Gen. Mark Welsh says if the money has to come from somewhere else, all the alternatives would jeopardize the Air Force's core missions. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:40pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new procurement ombudsman is closing the communications gap between the General Services Administration and its vendors. Creating the ombudsman job is one of several ways GSA is trying to be more responsive to its government and industry customers. Jeff Koses is GSA's senior procurement executive. In part two of executive editor Jason Miller's interview with GSA looking at industry communications, Koses discusses the new initiatives.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:29pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

At the IRS, $2.8 million worth of bonuses went to employees disciplined for misconduct. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Inspector General's office at the IRS, says the payments are legal, but the payments look like they go against the IRS mission to ensure integrity in tax administration. The IRS is supposed to fire employees who don't pay their taxes, but that's separate from the bonus payment system. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he doesn't quite understand the IG's report.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:25pm EDT
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Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The military's Vice Chiefs of Staff tell Congress the pressure they're under because of budget cuts and the potential return of sequestration in Fiscal 2016 is killing their ability to fight two wars. But Congress doesn't appear to want to pull back on capability, only on money. Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in US News and World Report about why the chiefs are so concerned about the funding curve. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose, too much mission and too little money worries the Vice Chiefs of the military.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:19pm EDT
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Closing the gender gap in government

FEW Washington representative Janet Kopenhaver, will discuss pay inequity and other issues facing women in the federal government, and Andy Medici and Nicole Blake Johnson from the Federal Times will talk about the federal employee morale survey and the Heartbleed hacking.
April 23, 2014

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:18pm EDT

First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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McGinn: Renewable energy supports Navy's operational efficiency

Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, says the pursuit of renewable energy is not just about the Navy "going green." It supports the mission.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:11pm EDT
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Coming Up: How DHA is meeting its mission

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency, joins Agency of the Month host Lauren Larson to discuss how DHA will meet it's mission to increase readiness through better health care at lower costs.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 12:00pm EDT

Dr. Willie Taylor, Department of the Interior

President Barack Obama wants the government to lead by example. He asks agencies to triple their use of renewable electricity sources by 2020 and get at least one-fifth of their energy from renewables. Willie Taylor, director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance at the Interior Department, explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how his agency plans to meet the goal.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:41am EDT
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Evan Croen, Bloomberg Government

It's that time of year again, when Bloomberg Government ranks the top 200 federal contractors. Which ones made it through 2013's ups and downs intact? Which ones thrived? Evan Croen, director of government sales research with Bloomberg Government, explained the 2013 contracting environment to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Sarah Jane Staats, Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a young, small agency with a big mission. It seeks to help countries climb out of poverty. Its principles should sound familiar: Use evidence, focus on results, be transparent. Time and again, the White House has asked all agencies to apply those principles to their own work. But putting them into practice can require tradeoffs. Sarah Jane Staats, senior policy adviser for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the agency applies its principles day to day.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:26am EDT
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Jim White, Director of Tax Issues, Government Accountability Office

Budget cuts have left the IRS high and dry. The Government Accountability Office says the agency has absorbed $900 million in cuts over the past four years. At the same time, the agency is failing to keep up with a growing source of tax revenue: large partnerships. Congress has raised concerns about the extent to which the IRS is able to audit these entities. Jim White, director of tax issues at the GAO, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the partnerships.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:19am EDT
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CIA prison documents to be turned over

Prosecutors must turn over details about the time Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, a Guantanamo Bay detainee, spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. That was a military judge's order in the case on Tuesday. Defense attorneys representing Nashiri had sought the order. He's accused of master-minding the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the Cole in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 42 were injured.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:04am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - April 23, 2014

The Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, Director of Intelligence James Clapper orders employees to avoid the media, and the administration reopens the flow of foreign aid to the Egyptian military.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 08:19am EDT

Navy plans action this year on two large pathways to alternative fuel

Navy says the Defense Production Act and a new partnership with USDA will help it generate several hundred million gallons per year of U.S.-based biofuel. The solicitations it plans to issue over the next year are a key stepping stone to the Navy's goal of getting half its energy from alternative sources by 2020.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:36am EDT
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