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1:54 pm, January 29, 2015

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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 54 minutes, 22 seconds ago

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

Independent panel recommending changes to military health care, retirement

Updated 00 minutes, 11 seconds ago

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

Obama's budget to seek to 'fully reverse' automatic cuts, boost spending by $74 billion

Updated 01 minutes, 31 seconds ago

When is phased retirement coming to your agency?

The waiting game continues for agencies to implement their own guidance and put phased retirement into practice. An OPM spokesman told Federal News Radio it hasn't received any applications for phased retirement so far, and it has no reports on agencies implementing the program.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 10:12am EST
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Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the secret service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:16am EST
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Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 09:12am EST
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Thursday federal headlines - January 29, 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, a new bill would make the details, costs and performance metrics of every federal program more transparent, the Justice Department has pushed back the court dates for thousands of immigrants who are waiting for hearings and an independent panel will recommend changes in the military health and retirement system designed to save $20 billion dollars over the next four years.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:17am EST

McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST

Winter Blast: A tale of two-plus cities

Charm City and D.C. may be close in physical proximity, but they're far apart in just about everything else, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:00am EST

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

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:16pm EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

Gov't to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

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

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 05:06pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith describes the type of people needed to populate the new digital services offices across government in a simple way: TQ. So what kind of person is that? Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller describes Smith's formula on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:25pm EST
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Jim Russo, Network Services 2020, GSA

Federal agencies are seeing an explosion in the use of satellite services. A lot of that growth is happening the defense and national security sectors, but it's not all happening there. Mary Davie, the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, writes about the explosion on her Great Government Through Technology blog. Jim Russo is the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Technical Lead at GSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the DoD connection is important in the satellite category.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:22pm EST
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Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
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Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Department of Defense is making another push for an electronic health record system. One factor is interoperability with the system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. EHRs, and a functional, interoperable system, may become a national security asset. Phil Carter is senior fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans & Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. He participated in a CNAS event called A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes. Dr. Karen Guice -- the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs -- was one of the speakers. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what his takeaways were from the event.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:14pm EST
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Ray Chandler, Sergeant Major of the Army

Friday is the last day of service for Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler. He will retire as the top enlisted man in the Army after nearly 34 years of service. He's the 14th Sergeant Major, and his main job is advisor to Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what thoughts are top-of-mind for him as he prepares to wind down his service.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Robot door greeters first step toward robot Marines?

The Navy is funding robotic door greeters to learn more about potential futuristic training options for the Marine Corps.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 03:49pm EST
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