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1:01 am, October 31, 2014

Federal News Radio News Stream

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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with FEMA's Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner, chief information officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities around the agency's Resilience and Security review, mobility, and IT governance, among other topics.

Updated 01 minutes, 59 seconds ago

What is the Economic Development Administration?

Jay Williams, assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, will talk about what the U.S. Economic Development Administration is doing to create jobs and generate private investment in the nation's economically distressed communities.
October 31, 2014

Updated 04 minutes, 59 seconds ago
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Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm EDT

Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, OITS, GSA

Better information will lead to better buying. That's the premise behind new efforts from the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. Tom Sharpe (the head of FAS) and other GSA leaders detailed those efforts at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg this week. Mary Davie is Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she detailed the information you can get, and how it will help with buying decisions.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

Your car, your medical device and even your toaster are among the facets of life that are quickly becoming Internet-based. This is why the Homeland Security Department is already working on cybersecurity for these and many other devices. Doug Maughn, director of Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller. In part one of their interview, Maughn says the latest broad agency announcement from DHS is shaping its future cyber research and development efforts.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:19pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the Department of Veterans Affairs finally started transitioning its claims process from paper to digital two years ago, not everything worked perfectly. The Veterans Benefits Management System was prone to crashes and didn't exactly get a warm embrace from its users. But VBMS has matured a bit since then. In the fourth quarter of 2014, it had zero unplanned downtime, and VA is just about to process its one million claims in an entirely-paperless format. Dawn Bontempo, director of Veterans Benefits Management System, talked about the progress with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The MythBusters concept for federal contracting reform is almost four years old. In February 2011, Dan Gordon, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said it would help solve a culture of miscommunication between agencies and the contracting industry. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Coalition's using the MythBusters concept to celebrate their 35th Anniversary Celebration.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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Demetra Nightingale, Chief Evaluation Officer, Labor Department

A group of more than 700 federal experts gets a new infusion of talent. The National Academy of Public Administration is celebrating a new class of NAPA fellows. The fellows guide the evolution of federal management policy. One of those is Demetra Nightingale, the chief evaluation officer of the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the lessons learned in government that can apply to the work with NAPA.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:10pm EDT
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Lou Kerestesy, CEO and Founder, Gov Innovators

NASA begins an official investigation into what caused the supply rocket explosion in Virginia yesterday. It's an expensive setback for the agency's strategy to rely more on contractors -- and contractor-led innovation -- to meet its mission. Lou Kerestesy is founder and CEO of GovInnovators. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing hidden opportunities to find innovation inside their own organizations.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:05pm EDT
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Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT

Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services

America's national security mission must adapt to the increasing complexity of threats. That means guarding against traditional risks and innovating to anticipate emerging ones. Technology can help, but it can be difficult to navigate the IT solutions amid shrinking budgets and a flood of data. Mark Testoni is president and CEO of SAP National Security Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with advice on improving the mission as well as the business of national security.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:54pm EDT
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Larry Youngner, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Office of Special Counsel recently found the Army had discriminated against transgender civilian employee Tamara Lusardi. Lusardi, a quality assurance specialist, faced what OSC described as "frequent" and "pervasive" harassment on a daily basis. The Army didn't admit to prohibited personnel practices, but it did agree to start diversity and sensitivity training. Larry Youngner is a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the implications of the case.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:52pm EDT
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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with CBP's Charlie Armstrong

Charlie Armstrong, the chief information officer at Customs and Border Protection, joins Federal News Radio to discuss his IT priorities, cloud computing, securing networks and systems, and workforce and morale issues, among other topics.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 01:00pm EDT

GSA's 18F applies agile approach to hiring as part of growth strategy

The 7-month-old innovation lab will launch three pilots this fall as part of its new consulting services. Greg Godbout, the executive director of 18F, said the organization now has 100 employees, up from 14 in March, and cut the time to hire down to about eight weeks.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 09:59am EDT
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Thursday federal headlines - October 30, 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, crews search for scorched rocket wreckage along the Virginia coast, Defense Secretary Hagel orders a 21-day quarantine for all military service members returning from the West Africa Ebola mission and the Air Force said its bombing campaign against the Islamic State is putting a strain on its maintenance workforce.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 09:26am EDT

DoD to ramp up deployment of Apple, Android smartphones

The Defense Department, long beholden to BlackBerry as its main mobility solution, plans to increase its use of Apple and Android smartphones tenfold over the next year.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Your Halloween Preview: Trick or Treat, except minus the treat

For some feds, every day seems like Halloween, with Congress routinely handing out tricks disguised as treats, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 02:00am EDT

The way it was and the way it is on Capitol Hill

Maryland Congressman Frank Wolf and Janet Kopenhaver with Federally Employed Women join host Mike Causey to talk about what's ahead for Congress and feds.
October 29, 2014

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 05:45pm EDT

Tangherlini: Agencies can learn a lot from startups

The ability to take risks and a hyper-focus on customer needs are just two of the things GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the federal government can learn from technology startups.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 05:08pm EDT
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Greg Godbout, Executive Director, 18F Program, GSA

The General Services Administration's 18F innovation lab is moving out of the start-up phase and into the small business stage. Part of the growth of 18F comes from looking at common roadblocks in government a little differently. Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's 18F, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how 18F is growing its staff and beginning to impact federal procurement.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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