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4:16 am, September 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: Martha Rubenstein, CFO, NSF

Martha Rubenstein, the National Science Foundation's chief financial officer, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat.

Updated 16 minutes, 24 seconds ago

What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
September 22, 2014

Updated 44 minutes, 24 seconds ago
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Coming up: a look at your federal retirement annuity estimate!

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein will take you through the process of understanding your retirement annuity estimate.
September 22, 2014

Updated 01 minutes, 24 seconds ago

Do we need a million fewer federal employees?

Former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal examines the contention that hiring more federal employees would make for a smaller, better-run federal government.

Updated 16 minutes, 24 seconds ago

Our half-(p)assed Congress

It's safe to come out. Congress has wrapped up its two weeks of work and fled D.C. again. At least they passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11 before they left, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Navy looks to more interactive training for sailors to combat sexual assaults

A heightened focus of the training will be on bystander intervention, which Navy leaders believe is a major component to stemming the tide of sexual assaults that have flummoxed military officials for years.

Saturday - 09/20/2014, 03:30pm EDT

Army opens Ranger school to women

The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.

Saturday - 09/20/2014, 09:40am EDT

Positive PR for feds

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union will discuss a new website that educates people about the federal government.
September 19, 2014

Friday - 09/19/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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Support law enforcement: Ride & Run to Remember 2014

Craig Floyd with the National Law Enforcement Officers Museum, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association President Jon Adler will give us an update on this year's Ride & Run to Remember event.
September 19, 2014

Friday - 09/19/2014, 07:57pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: VanRoekel departure, NASA's next big step

Jason Miller, Executive Editor at Federal News Radio, and Tom Temin, Federal News Radio host, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:56pm EDT
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DHS getting a lift with the TIC initiative

The Homeland Security Department is earning some extra credit with its Trusted Internet Connections Initiative, thanks to a little help from the General Services Administration. The goal of the TIC initiative is to consolidate or simply eliminate network connections from outside the agency, which in turn will boost Internet security at DHS. GSA's FedRAMP program office is working hand-in-hand with DHS to do just that.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:36pm EDT

Improved online and mobile security the focus of federal grants

Three million dollars in federal grants will go to four national mobile communications companies to figure out a way to get rid of passwords. The grants come from the Commerce Department's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace program, or NSTIC. The goal of NSTIC is to give consumers better security options with their mobile and online transactions. Commerce hopes that funding research to get rid of passwords will eventually minimize the risk of identity theft.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new program debuts on Federal News Radio. We're introducing you to the people behind some of the most important, difficult and complex work in the federal government. Emily Kopp hosts the debut program of "Federal Voices." She tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she's covering.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
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Satisfaction lacking in electronic health records

Electronic health records might be more efficient than paper-based systems, but doctors and their patients aren't exactly satisfied with how they work. The American Medical Association is actually calling for a complete overhaul of EHR systems in federal agencies and hospitals around the country. The Association has a new framework it claims addresses the eight top challenges with EHR systems, and offers a solution for each. For example, many of its members complain the time they're forced to sit in front of a computer prevents them from interacting face-to-face with their patients. Pop-up reminders and hard-to-navigate menus can even make them less efficient than a paper-based system. The Association would like to see the technology integrate with the actual appointment with a patient.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The deadline is coming quickly for you if you're planning to retire this year. The first step is to figure out what you need to turn into the Office of Personnel Management. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a list of steps you need to follow if you want to retire before the end of the year.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT
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Michael McKeown, FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit

The FBI will channel more people and resources into its Pittsburgh office. It's a reward for the cybersecurity team that's credited for catching five Chinese military leaders stealing trade secrets, and a Russian-based cyber crime ring that stole about $100 million from banks around the world. Michael McKeown is supervisory special agent for the Associate Division Counsel, part of the FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit based in Pittsburgh. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the cybersecurity effort that earned the extra resources.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Carlton Hadden, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Jordan Sims, Organization Relations & Programs, Project Management Institute

Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:23am EDT
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Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
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