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7:47 am, July 30, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with GSA's Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer at the General Services Administration, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat.

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The SES, pay raises, and government hiring

Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro joins host Mike Causey to discuss congressional legislation that would make it easier to fire members of the Senior Executive Service, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss pay raises, and the state of federal hiring.
July 30, 2014

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Diverse workforce the key to better business results

Dr. Pam Drew of Exelis sits down with the Women of Washington radio show to discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace.

Updated 47 minutes, 07 seconds ago

Industry group calls on White House, not Congress, to lead acquisition reform efforts

The Professional Services Council is the latest group to weigh in after members of Congress sent out the call for contributions to next year's likely round of acquisition reforms. PSC's reply rests largely on the idea that the executive branch can fix most of the current problems on its own.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:16am EDT
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GSA cuts 1,000 noncompliant vendors from IT schedule

Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, said removing 1,000 vendors who weren't meeting the minimum annual sales requirement of $25,000 a year is saving the agency about $3.2 million a year in administrative costs. At the same time, GSA is adding 30-to-40 new vendors each month to Schedule 70 as part of its effort to make sure agency customers have access to new, innovative companies.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:48am EDT
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Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

Senate confirms new VA secretary; vote looms on $17B measure to reform VA health care

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 03:16am EDT

SES: Sacrificial lambs or sacred cows?

Before political correctness took hold, the definition of "mixed emotions" was a man watching his brand new Cadillac hurtle off a cliff with his mother-in-law at the steering wheel. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says SESers may be soon experiencing similar mixed emotions.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:49pm EDT

FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 29, 2014

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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Copy data management

Ash Ashutosh, CEO of Actifio, will discuss how his company can help your agency reduce the size and cost of its data center.
July 29, 2014

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 08:48pm EDT
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FBI scopes out final locations for consolidated new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is culling the IT schedule herd. Over the last year, GSA has canceled about 1,000 Schedule 70 contracts. Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why GSA is undertaking this reduction effort and what benefits they see from it.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:29pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is hunting for ideas for its next round of reforms to the defense acquisition system. But from the perspective of one major industry group, almost everything that's wrong with acquisition can be fixed without new legislation. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:18pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A chance to take your ideas straight to the top of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration is coming. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He's preparing for a face-to-face with Tom Sharpe, the Commissioner of the FAS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger explained what the meeting will cover and what kind of input he's taking.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:12pm EDT
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Sam LaGrone, News Editor, US Naval Institute

An uninvited guest crashes the world's largest international naval exercise. A Chinese spy ship is watching over the Rim of the Pacific exercise that runs until Friday. But the ship isn't breaking any navigation laws, so Chinese military experts say it's a non-issue. Sam LaGrone, news editor of the US Naval Institute, broke the news of the ship's presence outside RIMPAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains why it's not a huge surprise.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:10pm EDT
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Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

Career employees in the senior executive service are mostly men. The non-profit group Federally Employed Women says men make up more than two-thirds of SES employees. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of FEW. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how FEW's trying to rejuvenate a program that helps women join the SES.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:07pm EDT
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Linda Fisher Norton, CEO, Leading in Context

Robert McDonald's confirmation as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs today may be the beginning of a new culture at the agency. Ethics is one aspect of that culture that Congress will be watching very closely. Linda Fisher Thornton is CEO of Leading in Context. She writes in Gov Exec about building an ethical culture in a Federal agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what's the same -- and what's different -- about building that culture in government as compared to the private sector.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 03:53pm EDT
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Cyber handbook provides critical link between DHS, industry

The National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, introduced Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, outlines five key principles that aim to move forward the collaborative cybersecurity effort.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Green blazes trail to making ambulances safer for EMTs, patients

Working with a public-private team, James D. Green recommended 10 crash safety standards or practices to be used for ambulances and their equipment.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 01:27pm EDT
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Gandomi plays key role in U.S. efforts to counter African extremist group

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Scott DeLisi said the State Department's Jonathan Gamdoni worked on the frontlines in coordinating efforts to counter The Lord's Resistance Army.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:49pm EDT

Cymbalsky builds consensus for new energy conservation standards

John Cymbalsky reached out to industry, environmental groups and consumers to quickly reach a consensus on new energy conservation standards for commercial equipment and residential appliances.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:11pm EDT
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