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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, members of the Senior Executive Service get an invitation to meet with President Obama in person, federal government and critical infrastructure operators in the private sector have a new cybersecurity challenge and the Labor Department cites a shipyard in Norfolk for health and safety violations.
It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But Wednesday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov fails to shine much of a brighter light on the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, and what he knew and when, leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the hearing.
New missions the Defense Department has taken on in the past year strengthen the resolve of Pentagon leaders to ask Congress to bust its budget caps. The Pentagon has already made clear that it doesn't believe sequestration-level budgets in 2016 and beyond will provide enough money to run the military effectively. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.
Open architecture, where the Navy isn't locked into a particular vendor forever on a particular system, gets a huge boost from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. The Navy has a unique chance to reshape its fleet in the coming years. Bryan Clark, senior fellow of strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and Director of the CNO's Commander's Action Group, says the driving principle behind that reshaping should be the concept of "offensive sea control." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about what that concept looks like.
The Defense Department's Better Buying Power principles are saving the Navy hundreds of millions of dollars. In one instance, the Better Buying Power approach allowed the Navy to acquire three new guided-missile destroyers because it saved a total of $300 million on the entire purchase. Nick Guertin, director of Transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the future of the Navy's acquisition policy and how the BBP strategy will play a role.
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 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee elects as its next chairman, a Senate vote ensures business as usual for the National Security Agency and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James wants to make all jobs in the service open to women.
A Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from retired Rear Adm. Earl Gay on his nomination to be the Office of Personnel's first deputy director in three years.
The Veterans Affairs Department says it closed down the paths foreign actors used to steal data from its systems. But that doesn't offset a series of disturbing reports by government auditors on the poor state of VA's cybersecurity. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest details on VA's cybersecurity problems.
The Navy's top officer says the rapid pace of technological change means his service can't afford to buy ships in acquisition programs that one single vendor builds and integrates any more. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service sees an agile acquisition process that builds modular, adaptable systems in its future.
The Veterans Affairs Department fails its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row. The State Department shuts down its unclassified email system, and the National Weather Service and the Postal Service report cyber attacks. It's all happening as agencies are deploying their continuous diagnostics and mitigation plans while they maintain their FISMA compliance environments. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, and former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the latest chain of events may mean for the future of cybersecurity policies.
Some new choices may be coming to your Thrift Savings Plan account, but you won't see those choices for a while. First, the TSP board wants to know the best way to offer those choices. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what may become part of your TSP account.
The Senate armed services committee and its subcommittees will have more than a dozen new members when the 114th Congress starts in January. And the House and Senate armed services committees will both have new chairs, since both Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are retiring. That count comes from the Military Officers Association of America. On In Depth with Francis Rose, MOAA president and CEO, retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said the new political landscape means his group has a lot of work ahead to educate the new Congress on how to legislate on behalf of the military community.
Top challenges for the Department of Health and Human Services are out from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Ten management and performance challenges are on the list, along with recommendations from the IG's office. Dan Levinson is the HHS Inspector General -- he joined Brian Miller of Navigant and former IG at the General Services Administration -- on In Depth with Francis Rose to break down the list.
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, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is giving the military credit for helping to contain Ebola, Healthcare.gov hits its first snag this open enrollment season and Mutual funds might soon be an option for employees enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan.
U.S. Cyber Command is reviewing the results of its biggest exercise of the year. CYBERFLAG is designed to test out the military forces' ability to keep fighting when an adversary is attacking their networks, and to link up cyber forces with the more traditional air, sea, land and space domains. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is Cyber Command's director for exercises and training. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the exercise -- and the three types of teams involved in it -- with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.
The Treasury Department is preparing its holiday catalog. It is loaded with shared services though, instead of lovely gift ideas. Treasury is opening the door for industry to participate in the governmentwide effort. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Treasury's plans. He joins
No more shutdowns is a promise both Speaker John Boehner (R-Nev.) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have made. So why are people whispering about another shutdown on Capitol Hill? David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call -- on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the chances for another repeat.
The three biggest landlords in the federal government don't know how much federal agencies are actually using their own property. The Government Accountability Office reports one thinks almost all of its warehouses are in use, when in reality some of them are sitting empty and forgotten. David Wise is Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the latest results in the ongoing effort to rightsize the federal real property portfolio.
About half of federal agencies have a central office dedicated to performance management, according to the Government Accountability Office. But only about half of those agencies actually get consistent funding to keep their performance offices running. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some ideas for how to improve the federal performance management system.
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, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announces his retirement, the State Department shuts off its unclassified e-mail after a cyber attack and the Pentagon looks for fresh ideas on how to keep military superiority.