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Federal News Radio News Stream

The News Stream is a continuously updated list of every story, interview, panel discussion, and feature added to FederalNewsRadio.com. As a story is posted to the website, it will appear at the top of the News Stream. Never miss a beat with Federal News Radio's News Stream.

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with FEMA's Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner, chief information officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities around the agency's Resilience and Security review, mobility, and IT governance, among other topics.

Updated 34 minutes, 23 seconds ago

What is the Economic Development Administration?

Jay Williams, assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, will talk about what the U.S. Economic Development Administration is doing to create jobs and generate private investment in the nation's economically distressed communities.
October 31, 2014

Friday - 10/31/2014, 09:57pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Midterm elections, senior leaders

Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 05:07pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A maritime disaster 51 years ago prodded the Navy to put in place a world-class safety regime that's kept the U.S. submarine fleet safe from any major mishaps for the last four decades. After a major breach of Navy networks last year, officials say they've decided they need to replicate that engineering rigor and organizational discipline in cyberspace. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the service is calling its "cyber awakening."

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Today is Halloween -- The day when you have to keep an eye out for tricks and/or treats. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she went over a quick quiz to help boost your knowledge of where to find retirement treats, and how to stay away from nasty financial tricks.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

Seventy-eight fusion centers scattered across the country help streamline information sharing during a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The fusion centers bring together local, state and federal agencies to quickly deal with those types of threats. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient Network Systems. He's also former chief information officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether modern information-sharing techniques, like the fusion centers, are actually making the country safer.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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DHS' SWAMP helps clean software of cyber flaws

The Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP) is a new initiative from DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division to test apps for security vulnerabilities before they are installed on agency networks. S&T also sponsored the HOST program to promote the use and security of open source tools.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 03:09pm EDT

Good news in the EVS: A well-educated federal workforce

A deep dive into the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey reveals that 39 percent of feds have improved their educational status over the last decade.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 02:24pm EDT

Doug Criscitello, Managing Director, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP

The ups and downs of federal budgeting require managers to be nimble and creative. Doug Criscitello has learned a few lessons from decades of work in federal finance. He was Chief Financial Officer of the Housing and Urban Development Department, and also held posts at the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Management and Budget. He is now the managing director for the global public sector practice at Grant Thornton. He has also recently been inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he hopes to do at NAPA.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Anne Altman, Manager, U.S. Federal Government and Industries, IBM

A new partnership between IBM and Twitter is designed to help enterprises get better market intelligence. It could also have application for federal agencies. The collaboration will allow IBM to offer clients access to Twitter data, and will include new applications to analyze data and enhance agency understanding of what's going on in social media. Anne Altman is the General Manager of IBM's US Federal and Government Industries. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how this data service might work for federal agencies.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Hagel meets with Kodheli

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Albania's Minister of Defense Mimi Kodheli Monday at the Pentagon. Hagel thanked Minister Kodheli for her leadership in Albania's generous support to the government of Iraq through resupply donations.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 11:44am EDT

Former Boeing procurement officer, two subcontractors sentenced for kickbacks

Three individuals parties were implicated in a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 10:00am EDT

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.

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

Cars, toasters, medical devices add to DHS' cyber headaches

The Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division received dozens of proposals to protect the next emerging area for cybersecurity, called physical systems. S&T will receive 70 proposals across four major areas and award $95 million to the best ideas in early 2015.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Fatal Attraction: Working for Uncle Sam!

History has shown, working in a federal office can sometimes be dangerous, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 02:00am EDT

Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

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

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.

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.

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

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