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5:15 am, December 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.

Coming up: Retirement - an opportunity to re-invent ourselves

Career transition coach Mike Townshend takes your calls and emails about retirement planning.

Updated 15 minutes, 26 seconds ago

Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Updated 15 minutes, 26 seconds ago

Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers

President Obama signed a broad $41.6 billion program of tax breaks into law that will retroactively raise the monthly mass-transit subsidy to $250 per month for 2014. The extension of these tax breaks, however, will only last until the end of 2014.

Updated 36 minutes, 26 seconds ago

Paying for the Next Generation of Federal Managers

Following President Obama's announced reforms to the Senior Executive Service, Doug Criscitello, managing director at Grant Thornton, says SES pay limits have made it difficult to attract top-quality managers across government.

Updated 1 hours, 25 minutes ago

Testing the VA's new rapid-fire-you weapon

A ruling could have a major impact on the pay, pensions. bonuses and job security of Uncle Sam's 6,000 top career executives, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 02:00am EST

Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official

Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and members of the military, among other feds, will get a 1 percent pay raise in January. Late Friday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for the increases.

Saturday - 12/20/2014, 03:00pm EST

The federal workforce year in review

Debra Roth hosts a roundtable discussion of the "hot" federal workforce topics in 2014, and what will be the big issues in 2015.
December 19, 2014

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:48pm EST
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Obama signs massive defense spending bill

Obama signs defense spending bill that expands fight against Islamic State, raises troop pay

Friday - 12/19/2014, 07:10pm EST

Federal News Countdown: VA's cyber tools, unproductive Congress

Horace Blackman, vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin, and Jon Adler, president of Federal Law Enforcement Officers of America, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:29pm EST
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Uniform Guidance alters how agencies manage $600B in annual grants

Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget cuts financial management regulations governing federal grants and other assistances by 75 percent, reducing the risk of waste, fraud and abuse and promoting greater transparency.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:11pm EST

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The head of the U.S. Agengy for International Development is stepping down after five years of service. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that leader will leave behind a legacy that proves innovation can happen in a stifling federal bureaucracy in a relatively short amount of time.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:34pm EST
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Kirit Amin lands as CIO of International Trade Commission

Two VA IT finance executives are retiring after more than 70 years of combined experience in government.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:33pm EST

Mike Astrue, Former Commissioner, SSA

Your agency has less than two weeks to decide on a two-year plan for how to structure its senior executive workforce. Once that workforce plan is in place, your agency can refocus back to an ongoing morale problem affecting the entire federal workforce. Mike Astrue is former commissioner of the Social Security Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to start progressive leadership strategies at your agency.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:31pm EST
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Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

If recent events on the cybersecurity front have scared the heck out of you, well, good. There's a lot you can do. How about start by reading the latest version of the government's premier publications on how to assess whether your security and privacy controls are adequate for today's hacker-plagued world? Dr. Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project and Joint Task Force Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the newest revision of Special Publication 800-53-A.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:14am EST
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Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Dept. of Justice

A new cybersecurity unit at the Justice Department will offer itself as a legal advisor for cyber crime investigations worldwide. It will be operating under the department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. And its doors are already open. Michael Stawasz, the deputy chief for computer crime in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why this unit was needed, as well as what sets it apart from DOJ's existing cyber crime departments.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:05am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
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Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death

Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists

Friday - 12/19/2014, 09:18am EST

Friday federal headlines - December 19, 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 Office of Personnel Management notifies nearly 50,000 federal employees their identities may have been exposed to hackers, IRS commissioner John Koskinen says taxpayers will feel the effects of cuts to the IRS budget for 2015 and the Army restores full benefits for captains being forced to retire.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 08:52am EST

IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST
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