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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

From the perspective of federal technology companies, there's a lot to like in this year's House and Senate defense authorization bills and not much to complain about. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, a leading industry group likes some of the acquisition reform provisions so much, it's urging that they be extended governmentwide.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:31pm EDT
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says she wants the General Services Administration's 18F program and U.S. Digital Service to stick around once the Obama administration leaves. And a new hiring authority from the Office of Personnel Management means tech experts will soon join other agencies, like the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. Mark Forman, vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this could be a hard sell for the next administration.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Human capital management has stayed on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk List since 2001. But there are four main areas government hasn't tackled yet to solve its biggest human capital challenges. Yvonne Jones, director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management last week. She's tells In Depth with Francis Rose about government's progress on strategic human capital management over the last year.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27pm EDT
John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

Twenty-five agencies can now make special appointments to hire new digital services experts faster. The Office of Personnel Management says jobs are at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for up to two years. It's similar to the pilot program OPM launched for the General Services Administration's 18-F program and Office of Management and Budget's Digital Services office last year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, says the authority is better late than never.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:21pm EDT
Kathy Hutson and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos, NSA

The top of the agency is where the National Security Agency's strategy is for building the next generation of intelligence and intelligence personnel. Kathy Hutson is director of human resources and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos is chief of personnel assessment research and development at the National Security Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Hutson explains how the NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers is involved in planning the agency's human capital strategy.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 27, 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, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the latest cyber criminals are no amateurs, thirteen cities will see an increase in federal locality pay starting next year and President Obama urges the Senate to extend provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in four days.

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Internal Revenue Service says it's notifying more than 100,000 taxpayers that their personal information was stolen from IRS data systems. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the data breach appears to have spanned about three months, and it appears to be the work of a highly-organized criminal syndicate.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:36pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Discretionary spending for civilian agencies dropped 7 percent next year over 2015 levels, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. But the committee's Democrats aren't happy about that. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where Congress left some of its biggest appropriations negotiations before this week's recess.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Cabinet-level agencies across government are developing their digital services strategies. Those teams will be innovation drivers throughout the Executive Branch. But eventually you'll have to do something with that innovation. Rory Schultz, deputy chief information officer at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, talking about innovation is fine, but eventually it will be time to move.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, American University

A Senate hearing last week on civil service reform drummed up little interest, and there was little movement toward any legislation. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said his subcommittee was in a "listening stage" now. Bob Tobias, professor within the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, said it shouldn't be so hard to gather members of Congress, the administration, agency and union leaders to talk about civil service reform. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government has done it already.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Ram Murthy, CIO, Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board needs help upgrading its legacy systems. The agency has 200 major applications systems, with about 7 million lines of COBOL. The RRB is asking for $12 million through fiscal 2017 to modernize all of its applications and get rid of its legacy systems. Ram Murthy, chief information officer for the Railroad Retirement Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the first phase of the project.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 07:35am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 26, 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, the Senate has voted to make it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq that the United States supports its fight against Islamic State militants and a labor union wants the government to follow the lead of Los Angeles and raise minimum wage.

Monday - 05/25/2015, 02:31pm EDT
Nominee Roth says she'll keep good things going at GSA

Denise Turner Roth, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the General Services Administration says, if confirmed, she'll make sure recent reforms are woven into the agency's fabric.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Denise Turner Roth, Acting Administrator, GSA

Denise Turner Roth is the acting administrator of the General Services Administraton. President Obama proposes to make her the permanent administrator. In an exclusive interview, she tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her priorities for the agency if she's confirmed and how she and her team decided what those priorities should be.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Government addresses 37 percent of the 440 areas of overlap the Government Accountability Office identified in the last five years. And new editions of government waste books from Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggest agencies could spend less time on catfish inspections and bomb-sniffing elephants and more time on new technology and shared services. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about four ways to redesign the Executive Branch.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:50pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration finds the Internal Revenue Service's changes to its exempt organizations unit should prevent another scandal like the one that hit the agency almost two years ago. John Koskinen, commissioner of the IRS, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why another scandal couldn't happen again.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:53pm EDT
USAID's Beers provides 'tremendous' leadership during response to Ebola outbreak

The Partnership for Public Service recently named Mia Beers as a 2015 Sammies finalist for leading the U.S. Agency for International Development Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team's efforts during the last year's Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 02:22pm EDT
Why Koskinen says the IRS won't cause another scandal

It's the IRS' employees, rather than its rules, who will keep the agency out of trouble, Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 11:39am EDT
GAO: Most agencies meeting requirements to improve records management

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives issued a set of requirements in 2012 for agencies to improve their electronic records management. A new Government Accountability Office report says most agencies are meeting those requirements, but some still have more work to do.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:10am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 22, 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, Denise Turner Roth gets a shot at becoming permanent administration at the GSA, the White House wants to teach old dogs some new tricks and a lawmaker slams the Small Business Administration for flaws in the procurement process.

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