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Dr. Chris Jones, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have a new deal in place. They're calling it a public-private partnership, and it will enable Northrop Grumman to provide the Air Force with sustainment of future weapon systems. Air Force officials say they hope the deal will improve efficiency, both in negotiations and in implementing future projects. Dr. Chris Jones, the president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the partnership and how it works.

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Twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight

Identical twin fools NASA at brother's launch on 1-year flight; White House sends congrats

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Wednesday federal headlines - April 1, 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,

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Nabors promoted to VA chief of staff

The Veterans Affairs secretary has picked a White House veteran to be his new chief of staff, replacing Joe Riojas. Riojas has been with VA since 2009 and is leaving government.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:48am EDT

IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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SSA shows off agility in responding to citizen needs

The Social Security Administration followed a familiar roadmap to let citizens find and print their 1099 forms. SSA is using an agile software approach that was successful in turning legacy apps into modern Web programs.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:07am EDT
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No more fireproof feds

Members of Congress are pursuing legislation that would make it easier to fire federal employees for misconduct or malfeasance. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the lawmakers are focusing on career civil servants, namely members of the Senior Executive Service.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 03:00am EDT

SES members troubled by prospect of at-will employment

A new survey shows just how jittery Senior Executive Service members are following a landmark law targeting SES members in the Veterans Affairs Department. When asked about at-will employment, SES members questioned their choice of careers and said they would not recommend it to others.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 12:01am EDT
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Dress-wearing man killed by NSA police had lengthy record

Dress-wearing man killed at spy agency gate after stealing car had lengthy criminal record

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 11:42pm EDT

Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

US agents accused of stealing $1 million in digital currency during online black market probe

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 08:40pm EDT

Dr. Robert Shapiro, Founder and Chairman, Sonecon

The U.S. Postal Service's financial problems are widely known. The solutions are still in progress and may be years away. But the problems may not be management problems. Robert Shapiro is founder and chairman of Sonecon, and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Postal Service's problems may be incentive problems.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Both the House and Senate's budget plans for fiscal 2016 aim to reduce the federal deficit. And to help do that, both plans include provisions to increase federal employee pension contributions. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, NARFE said those and other provisions tantamount to a pay cut for federal employees.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:24pm EDT
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Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation

The United States could find itself in military conflicts in three regions: Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The "Index of U.S. Military Strength" from the Heritage Foundation says the U.S. military is only well-equipped enough to protect American military interests in Europe. Dakota Wood is senior research fellow of defense programs at the Heritage Foundation, and editor of the Index of Military Strength. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained that and other findings from the Index.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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David Robinson, Associate Administrator of Mission Support, FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is changing how it chooses future leaders. FEMA's leadership development program is trying to target employees for promotion that display true leadership skills, instead of just a mastery of technicial skills. David Robinson is FEMA's associate administrator of mission support. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what those leadership skills look like and how the agency will use those to plan its future.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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Outgoing FDA Commissioner confident in agency's future

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg steps down after nearly six years on the job.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 11:19am EDT
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Congress to feds: Do union work on your own time

Two Georgia lawmakers have both introduced bills that would bar federal employees from conducting union work while on the clock. OPM data shows official time has been on the rise since fiscal 2008.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 10:51am EDT

Latest on NSA shooting: Driver refused orders to stop

Latest on NSA shooting: Driver failed to follow orders for safely leaving restricted area

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:46am EDT

Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

She manages Housing and Urban Development's day-to-day operations, including a $45 billion annual budget and approximately 8,500 employees. As Women's History Month comes to a close, she's been sharing her experiences to help other women build successful careers in government. Nani Coloretti is the Deputy Secretary at HUD. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she recounted growing up under the mild skies in Hawaii.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:45am EDT
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John Benison, Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, HUD

Two dozen federal employees will form a group advising the President on possible changes to the Senior Executive Service. The White House wants advice on improving how the government recruits, hires, develops and retains SES members. John Benison is the equal employment opportunity director at Housing and Urban Development, and a member of the president's advisory group. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with an early morning report.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:42am EDT
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Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
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