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10:22 am, February 27, 2015

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Online Chat: Joe Klimavicz, CIO, Justice Department

Joe Klimavicz, the Justice Department's chief information officer, joins Federal News Radio for a free online chat on March 4 to discuss his IT priorities around streamlining IT operations to better serve customers; transitioning IT services to a service broker model; and improving and standardizing IT portfolio management.

Updated 22 minutes, 07 seconds ago

Help for homeless vets

Randy Brown, director of Communications for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, will talk about the programs and services provided by his organization to help homeless veterans.
February 27, 2015

Updated 04 minutes, 07 seconds ago
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VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters

VA chief McDonald reaffirms support for private medical care as senators urge quicker action

Updated 25 minutes, 59 seconds ago

Daniel Snyder, Government Contract Specialist, Bloomberg Government

DOD has a plan for improving and extending the live of its existing weapons system. It involves replacing microelectronic subassemblies, and DOD has set aside a lot of money for it. A new multiple award contract (MAC) worth billions is coming from the Defense Microelectronics Activity. Daniel Snyder, a contract specialist for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the MAC and DOD's plan.

Updated 42 minutes, 07 seconds ago
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Robert Autry, President, AFGE Local 4060

Funding for DHS expires at midnight tonight, which means Congress is quickly running out of time to pass another continuing resolution. If they don't do it today, nearly 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Among the hardest hit will be FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Robert Autry, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 4060, which represents FEMA headquarters employees here in Washington, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explain how a shutdown would impact the agency.

Updated 44 minutes, 07 seconds ago
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Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO, CompTIA

Social media, mobility, analytics and cloud form the acronym SMAC. These technologies have become embedded in the federal workplace. A report released this week examines how they are converging, and what it means for agency operations. The Federal Technology Convergence Commission is a group of industry leaders tasked with assessing the impact of SMAC convergence and making recommendations to the administration. Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Updated 47 minutes, 07 seconds ago
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Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

He vows, "We will not do more with less. Those days are over." With the shadow of shutdown looming, the Commandant gave his State of the Coast Guard address this week. He said aging platforms and crumbling infrastructure threaten mission success. He also vowed to take decisive action to alleviate the strain. Adm. Paul Zukunft is the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the state of the Coast Guard.

Updated 53 minutes, 07 seconds ago
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Friday federal headlines - February 27, 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 Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch as next attorney general, some lawmakers want their paycheck withheld if the Homeland Security Department shuts down and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald tells senators he's committed to a law allowing some veterans to obtain health care at non-VA facilities.

Updated 1 hours, 49 minutes ago

A return to sequestration would set back DoD network modernization by years

Defense technology officials told House lawmakers that progress toward a Joint Information Environment would be delayed by two-to-three years if budget caps remain in place.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:20am EST

Increased federal cloud usage hinges on up-and-coming data encryption technology

Joe Paiva, the CIO at the International Trade Administration in the Commerce Department, said using a cloud encryption gateway helps protect data from the insider threat. Other agencies, such as ATF, focus on personnel security clearances to ensure their information is protected.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 03:41am EST

If you are a fed, every inch counts

Size does matter, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, especially when it comes to the federal government when it snows.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 03:00am EST

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans eye new approach to avoid Homeland Security partial shutdown

Friday - 02/27/2015, 02:20am EST

Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The size of the civilian workforce is on the decline at the Defense Department. But three other agencies plan to add 5,000 civilian employees each in the next year. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rebalancing means federal contracting opportunities will start growing in new places.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:42pm EST
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Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:15pm EST
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Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
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Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch nomination to serve as attorney general

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:58pm EST

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:33am EST

Justice applying lessons learned in kindergarten to IT

Joe Klimavicz, the Justice Department's chief information officer, said shared services needs to be part of the culture of the organization. His office launched version 1 of the IT shared services catalog late last year.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 10:08am EST
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