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Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.


Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:26pm EDT
Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

The Defense Department competes about 60 percent of its contracts and task orders. DoD says the main reason it won't compete a contract is because only one company shows up to the bargaining table. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked DoD's contract history to see if it's leaving money on the table.


Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:18pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Today is the first work day of Public Service Recognition Week. The finalists for this year's edition of the Service to America Medals is out. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a sneak peek of this this year's list of finalists for the Service to America medals.


Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

The White House endorses 10 of the 15 recommendations the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made in its report in January. The House Armed Services Committee included several of those recommendations in their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. Dov Zakheim was a member of the Comp commission, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained if it's important that both the White House and the committee are breaking those recommendations up.


Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The federal government is taking two steps forward on ways to strengthen cyber networks for both the public and private sector. The House of Representatives passed two bills to strengthen information sharing in the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget is asking for public input on ways to overhaul the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Chris Smith is vice president of technology for AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked progress on the recent push to improve the cyber systems inside and out of your agency.


Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 4, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.


Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Congress is lifting the Windfall Elimination Program for a select few members of the federal workforce. The WEP can sometimes be the barrier between an extra $400 a month in Social Security benefits. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the recent lift from Congress means for members of the Civil Service Retirement System.


Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), House Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows has an email tip line so federal employees can tell him about what they see at their agencies. His subcommittee just held a hearing called, ''The Worst Places to Work in Government." But he says he wants to highlight the good things the Executive Branch is doing too. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he and his staff have focused on since he took leadership of the subcommittee.


Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 1, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:37pm EDT
Tony Scott, Federal Chief Information Officer, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget releases a draft policy for public comment to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance implements the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). In an exclusive interview, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Building a workforce for the year 2025, requires an infusion of new employees to replace the ones that leave, even if they're not leaving as fast as everyone thought they would. Attracting those new employees -- so far -- hasn't involved much discussion with the current employees, who are like the ones the government wants to attract. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp talked to some of them and tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she found.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:02pm EDT
John Harvey, Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth

The military branches have a template that civilian agencies could use to build their workforces for the next decade. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the tools civilian and uniformed leaders in the military will have to build a workforce for the year 2025, and how both forces will collaborate in the coming decade.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Catherine Emerson, CHCO, DHS, and Miriam Cohen, CHCO, NRC

Strategies for building a workforce of the future are under development now at several different levels of government. Catherine Emerson is chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, and Miriam Cohen is chief human capital officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the tools they have to make sure their work forces are ready for the year 2025.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 08:34am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 30, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the FAA says the gyrocopter that landed on the Capitol lawn two weeks ago looked no different on the radar from a bird, a bill to strengthen the patent system gets high marks from Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and two whistleblowers at the TSA won't face more retaliation.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:00am EDT
Recruiting, retention key to bucking federal retirement trends

A reverse retirement wave is challenging chief human capital officers to rethink how they plan their workforce in FY 2020 and beyond. Two agencies -- one large, one medium -- described how to find success in one of the most important parts of that planning process: Building and maintaining a fluid pipeline of incoming and outgoing career employees.


Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:00am EDT
6 signs of hope for the federal workforce of the future

While statistics show that baby boomers within the federal government are in no hurry to retire now, eventually that day will come. And the new leaders who will take their place want to work for a government that is nimble and uses technology to its advantage. In the final part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we take a look towards the future. What will the workforce of 2025 look like? We asked six government leaders today where they see the greatest opportunities for growth and what's working now that could be replicated on a larger scale.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces "operational" ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the "strategic" reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.


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