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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with Commerce's Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper, the Commerce Department's CIO, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat on Feb. 5 to discuss his IT priorities around operational excellence, enterprisewide services and infrastructure modernization.

Updated 53 minutes, 00 seconds ago

Phased retirement: Is it coming to your agency?

Julie Perkins, partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth will answer your questions about phased retirement, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will give us an update on a new round of legislation that affects federal workers.
January 28, 2015

Updated 37 minutes, 00 seconds ago

OSC fights whistleblower retaliation

Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs can mean risking everything from losing a job to losing the respect of co-workers. But in fighting whistleblower retaliation today, the Office of Special Counsel hopes future whistleblowers will come forward without fear of punishment.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 11:48am EST
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TSP investors get a bargain in 2014

Retirement plan participants last year paid less than 29 cents in administrative costs for every $1,000 they invested, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver told Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 11:24am EST
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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.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:57am EST
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Allison Wiley, Senior Research Analyst, MSPB

Hiring in the federal government is supposed to be open, competitive and fair. But you get what you measure. The Merit System Protection Board recently released its annual Fair and Open Competition report. It's designed to ensure federal employees are hired based on their qualifications, not their connections. Allison Wiley is a senior research analyst at the board. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report's findings. One of the key ones, she said, is that fair and open competition is still the standard in the majority of government hires.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:48am EST
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Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Contrary to what you may have heard earlier in the week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been charged with desertion. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. He was returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange last May. Multiple media outlets reported desertion charges had been handed down or were impending. But the Army said no decision has been made. Brian Bouffard is a military defense attorney and former JAG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to speculate on what happens next.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:46am EST
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Next step for DoD cybersecurity: Ditch passwords once and for all

The Pentagon led the way for the rest of the government by implementing two-factor authentication across many of its systems. But plenty of important IT infrastructure still relies on a "reckless" system that depends on passwords alone for authentication.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:44am EST

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.

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

Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

Pentagon documents: Obama to request big Pentagon spending hike

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:50am EST

Federal CTO Smith wants tech experts who speak the language

Megan Smith, the federal chief technology officer says agencies need employees with a high technical quotient to help build digital services. Four months into the job, Smith said digital services, policy and innovation, and STEM are her top priorities.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:54am EST
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GAO: Headquarters reduction plan still missing at Pentagon

The Pentagon wants to start the process of cutting 20 percent from its headquarters staff. But it still doesn't know who should stay, who should leave, or how to find that out, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:02am EST

Government innovation? It gets an 'A' for effort

Federal Drive host Tom Temin reports that agencies and companies at a recent technology conference are betting on innovation.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:56am EST

Phased Retirement: When? Where? Who?

Agencies are dragging their feet in implementing phased retirement. When they do, how will that affect you? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:00am EST

Adobe: putting the "portable" into the PDF

John Landwehr, Public Sector CTO at Adobe, explains how his company can assist federal agencies with their IT challenges.
January 27, 2015

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 07:18pm EST
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DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments, rewarding quality vs. quantity

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:42pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Earlier this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency announced a major reorganization. It says the changes would help drive cybersecurity into everything the agency does. But DISA will never have unlimited resources, so it's now moving toward a "risk management" approach to cybersecurity: Accepting risk in some areas so that it can make sure that what really matters is highly secure. The risk management executive is a new position within the agency's organizational chart. DISA Risk Management Executive Mark Orndorff talked about the new cyber philosophy with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

Federal agencies are experiencing a drought of IT professionals. The best way to get around it is to build an elite team of IT experts that can spearhead innovation at your agency. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient, and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ideas for how to build that elite cadre of IT professionals.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:35pm EST
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