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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.

Will you be getting a new boss soon?

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs for Shaw Bransford and Roth will discuss job turnover in federal agencies, and Federal Times writer Andy Medici will talk about an increase in discrimination complaints in the federal government and the latest problem at the VA.
October 1, 2014

Updated 57 minutes, 48 seconds ago

TSP funds dip into the negative in September

After rebounding in August, nearly all of the federal Thrift Savings Fund accounts posted negative numbers at the end of September. Despite this one-month dip, year-to-date percentages remain positive.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 12:33pm EDT

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.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 12:00pm EDT

Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Relief is coming to border patrol agents on the Mexican border. Congress is boosting spending for Customs and Border Protection to deal with unaccompanied minors. The agency will have the flexibility to hire more agents and staff at detention centers. Plus, the flood of illegal immigrants has slowed down, at least for now. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. He gave Tom Temin an on-the-ground view of what's going on at the border on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:44am EDT
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Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project

The Marine Corps has settled a complaint with a high-profile whistleblower. Marine Corps civilian scientist Franz Gayl had raised concerns about delays in sending the blast-resistant trucks known as M-RAPs to Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, after the seven-year battle, the service is pledging to create a better environment for whistleblowers. Tom Devine is the legal director for the Government Accountability Project and he represented Franz Gayl. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details of the case.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 11:42am EDT
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GSA awards DHS headquarters contract to Grunley, Shalom Baranes

Phase two of the Department of Homeland Security's $4.5 billion renovation project at St. Elizabeths is moving forward. The General Services Administration on Tuesday awarded two construction companies with a contract that will help consolidate the agency's office space.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 10:27am EDT

Wednesday federal headlines - Oct. 1, 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 General Services Administration awards a contract for a new Homeland Security headquarters building, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks a rise in federal workplace deaths.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 08:33am EDT

Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and executive branch auditors are part of the oversight process from the beginning.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:03am EDT

Congressional resistance to cost-cutting opens $70B hole in DoD budget

The Pentagon will begin a new fiscal year under yet another continuing resolution. When a budget finally is passed, Defense Department officials expect Congress to reject a significant number of proposals to cut DoD's own costs.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 03:53am EDT
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Does the federal government really need DHS?

Doing away with DHS would result in a massive government reorganization that would most likely be even messier than the one that created DHS, says former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Lights out for your boss

Most members of Congress are not as cute as Bambi, but they do have some similarities to the four-footed animals that are overrunning the Capitol region, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

Strategic sourcing, GSA schedules, and more

Carolyn Alston, executive vice president and general counsel for the Coalition for Government Procurement, will discuss a wide range of procurement issues including interagency contracting, and acquisition streamlining.
September 30, 2014

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:49pm EDT
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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

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:34pm EDT
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Rep. Coffman calls on VA to take swift action against Susan Taylor

The chairman of the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald wanting more details on the actions it will take in light of the inspector general report involving the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and FedBid.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 06:34pm EDT

Survey: Retirees want greater flexiblity in TSP accounts

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board conducted a survey to find out why so many former feds are withdrawing all the money from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts so soon after retirement.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Pentagon's chief information officer has a plan to save up to $20 billion in IT spending over the next five years. The CIO's office will try to consolidate databases from every single defense agency to get rid of data duplication. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a similar cost-saving strategy for federal contractors and agencies that have too many data reporting requirements built in their contracts.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Minority Whip, House

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the government shutdown. This year that won't happen until at least Dec. 12, and most people on Capitol Hill (from both parties and both chambers) believe we won't see another shutdown for a long time. But Congress still has a way to go to get a deal done for the rest of fiscal 2015. On In Depth with Francis Rose, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he's not sure what to expect when Congress comes back after the election.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Even with Congress out of town, the clock is ticking to figure out a budget plan by Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out. Katie Maddocks is government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the CR is the biggest source of tension among her members.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

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

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 12:40pm EDT

Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

President Barack 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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