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Federal News Countdown:

Federal consultant Jeff Koch and Jonathan Breul, former executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:37pm EDT
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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.

Tags: Jared Serbu , shared services , OMB

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
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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.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , WEP

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
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Time to start planning new retirement reality

The so-called "retirement wave" isn't coming. But a dramatically different workforce challenge is coming fast.

Tags: The Reverse Retirement Wave , Francis Rose , commentary , retirement ,

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:49am 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.

Tags: Rep. Mark Meadows , Congress , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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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.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
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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 FederalNewsRadio.com 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.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT

Kymm McCabe, Founder, ValueStorm Growth Partners

The inspectors general community is producing more than twice as many indictments and criminal investigations today than 20 years ago. In 2013, IGs from 78 different offices processed 19,000 of them; in 1995 they only did 8,000. Kymm McCabe is founder of ValueStorm Growth Partners, and former deputy director of the Defense Department's Office of Business Transformation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said greater oversight is paralyzing agencies because they're too afraid to make a mistake.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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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.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:37pm EDT
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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.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:17pm EDT
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