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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.

Coming up: Open Season continues with AETNA Federal Plans

Tom Bernatavitz, vice president of Aetna Federal Plans, joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan to talk about Aetna health care plans that are available to feds during Open Season.
November 24, 2014

Updated 45 minutes, 37 seconds ago

Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Updated 34 minutes, 37 seconds ago
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The 100,000 Jobs Mission: Is it a success?

Maureen Casey with JP Morgan Chase and Company, and the Rand Corporation's Dr. Margaret Harrell, join host Derrick Dortch to talk about a new report that looks at lessons learned from a program that helps veterans find jobs in private sector.
November 21, 2014

Friday - 11/21/2014, 07:56pm EST
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Federal News Countdown: Containing GOP outrage, Upside of a shutdown

Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, founding partners of Accelerated Government Strategies and hosts of Women of Washington on Federal News Radio, counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 05:51pm EST
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Anne Richards, Assistant Inspector General, Office of Audits, DHS

For the second consecutive year, the Department of Homeland Security earns a clean audit opinion. But there is still some work for the agency to do, according the agency's Office of Inspector General. Anne Richards, assistant inspector general in the Office of Audits at the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the lessons the agency learned last year and how they helped them stay clean this year.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:08pm EST
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Six years into his presidency, Barack Obama will meet for the first time with Senior Executive Service leaders. The Dec. 9 event is open on a first-come, first-serve basis to SES employees and other senior-level federal managers. Carol Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executives Association, says "His failure to meet with career SES has been a strategic omission until now." Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the event means for participants.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:02pm EST
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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

Bid protests by vendors are up, but the number of cases the Government Accountability Office upholds is down by 4 percent. Dan Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law studies at George Washington University and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how you should understand the mixed messages.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 03:54pm EST
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Members of the Senior Executive Service have been invited to a meeting with President Barack Obama, or at least a few thousand of you. On the Federal Drive, Tom Temin discussed this and other developments this week with Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:35am EST
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Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
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Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

Two Treasury agencies have managed to make big gains in hiring veterans. In 2014, half of new hires at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint were veterans. Now, veterans make up about one-third of employees at each of the two agencies. How'd they do it? Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, shared details with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:16am EST
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Petition for four-day Christmas weekend fails to get 100,000 signatures

With about 92,500 signatures, a petition to give federal employees a four-day weekend around Christmas came up just short of getting a response from the White House.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:15am EST

Friday federal headlines - November 21, 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 Justice Department has a record year for money collected in civil and criminal cases, the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds the firing of the director of the Veterans Affairs Alabama health care system and a petition to make Dec. 26 a federal holiday this year comes up short.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 10:48am EST

Ukraine to receive U.S. military aid

The United States is planning to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of Humvee vehicles.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 09:55am EST

President's immigration plan pushes DHS to restructure personnel, tighten border security

Under President Obama's executive order on immigration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a slew of memos outlining the agency's push to reform its personnel structure, review premium pay, and better secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 08:33am EST

DoD's 'vertical integration,' effort to further pare administrative costs

Two early pilot programs have shown the Pentagon that it can reduce overhead spending by carefully studying its excess costs rather than cutting each office's budget by an arbitrary figure. Once expanded across DoD's support agencies, the savings could run into the billions.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:54am EST

Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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What are your odds of surviving 2015?

Few of us are going to live into our 100s, but choosing the right health care plan for you may make getting older more comfortable and put money in your wallet too, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 02:00am EST

Public interest watchdogs discuss agency watchdogs

Project on Government Oversight general counsel Scott Amey and Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project join host Debra Roth to talk about the inspector general community and the challenges IGs face in identifying fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal government.
November 21, 2014

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 09:34pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The first case of a fired Senior Executive Service member at the Department of Veterans Affairs has a decision from the Merit Systems Protection Board. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose that SESer isn't an SESer any more.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 04:19pm EST
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