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Friday federal headlines - October 31, 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 DoJ Inspector General has dinged the ATF for selling grenade parts in Mexico, USAID asks contractors working in West Africa to draft emergency evacuation plans and spending by the intelligence community reaches $50.5 billion in fiscal 2014.

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Friday - 10/31/2014, 09:40am 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.

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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.

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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.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:15pm 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.

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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.

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

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:13pm 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.

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

Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Leadership at the top of the Defense Department believes the United States military is in danger of losing its technological edge over the rest of the world. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports the Defense Department is already trying to save money by changing its acquisition policies for major projects in the technology development phase. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, and co-director of the "Beyond Offset" project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways the U.S. military can maintain its military edge.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:43pm 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.

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