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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with Labor's Dawn Leaf

Labor Department Deputy CIO Dawn Leaf joins Federal News Radio for an online chat to discuss her priorities around IT modernization, data center consolidation and cybersecurity.

Updated 45 minutes, 54 seconds ago

US won't reveal records on health website security

Citing threats from hackers, US won't release security details for federal health care website

Updated 57 minutes, 50 seconds ago

Why busy women get things done

Linda Washington, former assistant secretary for Administration at the Department of Transportation, discusses the importance of being inclusive within federal agencies on this week's Women of Washington radio show.

Updated 1 hours, 09 minutes ago

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A few weeks ago, you may never have heard of the Ebola virus. Now you can't stop hearing about it. Although only a few Americans have been infected, the virus' potential has several federal agencies working to better understand, treat and find a cure for this deadly disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss NIH's efforts to combat the Ebola virus.

Updated 1 hours, 13 minutes ago
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Edward Lowery, Criminal Investigation Division, Secret Service

In 2013, more than $156 million in counterfeit U.S. currency made it's way into circulation globally before being seized. The modern day counterfeiter is operating in a world of accelerating technology and instant information. Edward Lowery is special agent in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Secret Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how counterfeit criminals have evolved.

Updated 1 hours, 50 minutes ago
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Wednesday federal headlines - August 20, 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, the Merit Systems Protection Board has new rules on firing senior executives at the VA, and workers' compensation costs skyrocket at the Postal Service.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 08:10am EDT

Navy turns to strategic sourcing to cut conference spending

The Navy awarded blanket purchase agreements to 17 small businesses, which they hope will take care of most DoD's conference planning needs for the next three years.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:31am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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The Millionaire Inside of You

Are you a $1 million baby? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you can be if, like some other feds, you make the most out of your Thrift Savings Plan.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Strong DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm

Truth, calm, justice are goals of aggressive Department of Justice response to Ferguson death

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:58pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega-schedule. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how GSA is rethinking professional services contracting. Read Jason's related article.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:40pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is taking a strategic sourcing approach to the way it spends money on conferences. The service awards 17 blanket purchase agreements for conference planning, and in the near future, those BPAs might become the only authorized way to spend money on official meetings for the Navy and Marine Corps. Jamey Halke, Navy Department strategic sourcing program manager, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu. He explains the Navy's response to governmentwide pressure to reduce spending on conferences. Read Jared's related article.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

One of a federal agency's acquistion strategies might disappear. A rewrite of the Federal Acquisition Regulation sets new requirements for blanket purchase agreements. The goal is to promote competition for new contracts. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rewrite will have some unintended consequences for federal agencies.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:19pm EDT
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Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:15pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

When Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, it will have to figure out how to fund the government to start off fiscal year 2015. Most people think it will be a continuing resolution. But they may wind up needing more than the 12 days they have scheduled now. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said getting a budget in place will take up a lot of Congress's time -- and may stretch that time to the limit.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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Dr. Tom Murphy, Program Manager, Wounded Warrior Intern Program

The Navy puts its wounded sailors back to work before they're even discharged from the hospital. The Wounded Warrior Intern Program takes wounded sailors interested in science and engineering careers and puts them to work at Naval Sea Systems Command. Dr. Tom Murphy is the program manager. He explained how the program works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

The 10-year anniversary of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is next week. Agencies have spent the last 10 years pursuing ways to verify the identities of their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services is one of them, and the Inspector General's office at HHS has new research on how the agency is doing. Tom Salmon is assistant inspector general in the Office of Audit Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this work may be new -- but the HHS IG has been reporting on HSPD-12 for a long time.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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Labor overcoming budget stagnation to modernize IT

Dawn Leaf, Labor's deputy chief information officer, said the agency is moving to a centralized infrastructure and hopes to give its bureaus a platform on which to build mission-critical apps.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 02:31pm EDT
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Michael Bromwich, Founder and Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group

Inspectors General are encountering speed bumps in their daily routines. Forty-seven IGs say they are having a hard time getting documents from their respective agencies in order to complete their work. Agencies include the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Now, the IGs are asking the Office of Management and Budget for help. Michael Bromwich is founder and managing principal of the Bromwich Group and an experienced federal troubleshooter. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to clarify the relationship between IGs and agencies.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 11:34am EDT
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Mike Hettinger, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Tech America

The Defense Department's Industrial Policy Chief, Elana Broitman, stepped down in July, after only five months on the job. The departure comes as relations between industry and the Pentagon are somewhat strained. Mike Hettinger is the senior vice president for the public sector at Tech America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Broitman's departure means for contractors.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:43am EDT
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