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4:31 am, October 22, 2014

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 CBP's Charlie Armstrong

Charlie Armstrong, the chief information officer at Customs and Border Protection, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat on October 30, 2014.

Updated 31 minutes, 23 seconds ago

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with NASA Ames' Jerry Davis

NASA Ames CIO Jerry Davis joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities for NASA Ames, including workforce development, big data analysis and his efforts to improve the center's cybersecurity.

Updated 31 minutes, 23 seconds ago

Answers to your health plan questions

Dave Snell, director of retirement benefits for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, will answer your questions about your federal health care plan.
October 22, 2014

Updated 03 minutes, 23 seconds ago

Online Chat: Ask the Benefits Expert

Benefits expert David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joins Federal News Radio's Mike Causey for an online chat about Open Season and federal benefits.

Updated 31 minutes, 23 seconds ago

The Army evolves its network integration process

The Army's network integration exercises will emphasize more lab testing and less integration during the NIE itself. Future NIEs will be biased toward programs of record, not off-the-shelf technologies.

Updated 29 minutes, 54 seconds ago

Insurance against the vacation from hell

What if you're a federal employee or retiree who gets sick overseas? Will your health insurance plan cover you? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has all the answers -- or knows someone who does.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: The price of mistrust

The results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey are in at many agencies. Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security and the chief human resources officer at the Defense Logistics Agency, says the numbers aren't pretty.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 05:03pm EDT

HHS hopes to ignite employees' entrepreneurial spirits

The Health and Human Services Department is offering $5,000 in seed money for HHS employees who have start-up business ideas that will also help the agency. It's called the HHS Ignite program: agency entrepreneurs get the seed money and a little bit of coaching to try to get their business ideas off the ground. If they're successful, it's a win-win for both the agency and its employees.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:52pm EDT

Hacks, CDM continue to push cyber to forefront of CIOs' priorities

A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:39pm EDT

GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

Federal agencies not following cloud security rules

Federal agencies are falling short on following the rules and regulations of cloud security. The Council of Inspectors General looked at 77 different cloud computing contracts at 19 different agencies and found most are not following FedRAMP guidelines and federal best practices.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:03pm EDT

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplify Ventures

Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:15pm EDT
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J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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Mystery submarine surfaces in Sweden

Reminiscent of something that would've happened during the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day on Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 10:41am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - October 21, 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 number of veterans running for Congressional office is dropping, U.S. military officials say it's still too early to tell if air drops to Kurdish forces in Khobani will help and the Government Accountability Office sustains a protest against the embattled contractor USIS

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 08:01am EDT

Government Contracting Myth No. 1: We should never protest

In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is na´ve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:52am EDT

It's your choice: Bankruptcy insurance or catastrophic coverage

During open season, feds and retirees in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program have dozens of choices ranging from low-premium health maintenance organizations to plans that provide national and worldwide coverage, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

Social Security and retirement

Lester Austin, retired public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security and retirement questions.
October 20, 2014

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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