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Online Chat: Martha Rubenstein, CFO, NSF

Martha Rubenstein, the National Science Foundation's chief financial officer, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat.

Updated 12 minutes, 07 seconds ago

Improving the user experience on your agency's website

Tim McLaughlin, CEO of Sitework, will discuss how his company is helping agencies make their websites more user friendly.
September 30, 2014

Updated 38 minutes, 07 seconds ago
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Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

Secret Service boss vows White House breach 'will never happen again'

Updated 1 hours, 31 minutes ago

Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

President 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.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:05am 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.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 11:00am EDT
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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.

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

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.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:57am EDT
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VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:36pm EDT

Considerations for your ongoing financial planning

Joe Sullender, certified financial planner and senior vice president of investments of the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, answers your financial planning questions.
September 29, 2014

Monday - 09/29/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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The end of FY 2014, SES reform, and more

Tom Temin, anchor of the Federal Drive on Federal News Radio, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss a wide range issues including the end of the fiscal year, and a possible SES exodus.
September 29, 2014

Monday - 09/29/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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DoD helps service members to vote

With the November 4th midterm election coming, DoD officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:58pm EDT

White House unveils new open government initiatives

The White House has unveiled new or expanded commitments to open government. Included are plans to adopt an open source software policy, with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015, as well as plans to improve delivery of government digital services.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official 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 executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Federal agencies are not using performance data to make better management decisions. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required agencies to do that, and to document how they do it. The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the scores on performance data at your agency.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Marty Rubenstein, Chief Financial Officer, National Science Foundation

The results are in from Federal News Radio's 2014 Chief Financial Officers survey. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the results with Martha Rubenstein, chief financial officer of the National Science Foundation. Jason explained what we asked, and the kind of response we got from agency CFOs.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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André Mendez, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from one building to another just across the street, 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 Mendez is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Telework's turning tide; Recognizing outstanding public service

Molly O'Neill, vice president at CGI Federal, and Jonathan Breul, former executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 12:22pm 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.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 10:29am EDT
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