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Jukebox Republic offers you a weekly dose of the best pop music in Taiwan but based on a mood or idea or theme, depending on what's current or trendy. Shirley Lin is your host, introducing not only the latest releases but also some oldies, in the many local Taiwanese languages and dialects.
 
Scream & Shout with Rene Sandler is a weekly radio show with an edge. Rene Sandler is a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor who has been recognized as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the country. Each week, Scream and Shout with Rene Sandler will feature a summary of the week's headlines.plus the hottest interviews with leading attorneys, entertainers, advocates, crime victims, policy makers, and more.
 
Recently described by the media as a "legendary New York criminal defense attorney," Jeffrey Lichtman has successfully handled criminal trials and appeals on some of the country's largest stages. His clients include those charged in the federal and state systems with white collar and non-white collar offenses. For over 30 years, Mr. Lichtman's practice style has been marked by exhaustive pretrial preparation and smothering pressure inside the courtroom. His cross-examinations, in fact, have ...
 
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If you are among the millions that participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, you’ve probably heard about or maybe seen firsthand, some of the challenges as TSP rolled over to a new system earlier this month. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board says it's making some progress to resolve issues like customer service delays. By now, most TSP p…
 
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is taking a big step to reduce cybersecurity risks from its employees, often the weakest cyber link. USPTO will be among the first agencies to implement a Secure Access Service Edge architecture, known as SASE. Jamie Holcombe is the chief information officer for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Beau Hutt…
 
It's an old question. An agency awards a services contract because of specific people the contractor promised would work on the project. Then one of them quits. In the ensuing protest cases, the Government Accountability Office and the federal courts seem to be of differing minds. We get more now from Smith Pachter McWhorter procurement attorney Jo…
 
Even as the armed forces develop hypersonic missiles, the Missile Defense Agency pursues a project to develop measures to counteract enemies' hypersonics. But the program is having significant oversight problems and technical risks. For details, we turn to the acting director for contracting and national security acquisitions issues at the Governme…
 
The House Armed Services committee spent time last week marking up the defense authorization bill for 2023. As always, the NDAA has a lot to say about procurement and contractors. But it doesn't say anything about whether they're compensated for inflation. Here with what the services contractor community is watching closely, Professional Services C…
 
A clever idea to use magnetic nanoparticles to capture valuable materials from brine. Sounds arcane, but it's blossomed into new projects that could help make the U.S. a producer, and not just a consumer, of critical minerals used in electronics and energy production. One planned pilot project, funded co-funded with industry by the Energy Departmen…
 
The American Federation of Government Employees returns to the negotiating table with Veterans Affairs officials for the largest union contract in the federal government. AFGE wants to resolve persistent points of disagreement. The union wants VA to put employees on performance improvement plans before imposing discipline. It's also wants to ensure…
 
Remember the CARES Act, enacted at the height of the pandemic? Among other things, it let agencies reimburse contractors to pay employees unable to work at an approved federal site or to telework. At the National Security Agency, lack of controls led to millions of dollars in improper payments under the CARES Act. That's according to an audit by th…
 
This year's Secretary of Defense Environmental Award winner in the Environmental Quality Individual, Team category went to the Air Force Radioactive Recycling and Disposal team. As part of the 88th Civil Engineer Group, AFRRAD handles low-level radioactive recycling and low-level mixed waste management in the Air Force and provides radioactive mate…
 
The Postal Service handed out millions of dollars in employee awards in a program that lacked solid controls. People nominated one another and then voted on whether they got the money. A few people even approved their own bonuses. For more, the Federal Drive spoke with the deputy assistant inspector general for audit, Wilvia Espinoza.…
 
The Defense Department recently brought the chief data and artificial intelligence office into full operating capability. It'll focus on advanced technologies and working fast. Not just the technologies need to move fast. Acquisition and contracting also have to keep pace with the office’s needs. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked about t…
 
The ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has one central focus of this year’s annual report to Congress: Reducing the backlog of immigration cases. As of March, there were nearly 5.2 million cases in the backlog, meaning cases sitting for than the target processing time. Some eight and a half million cases are actually pending. E…
 
In this podcast, Jeff discusses the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding abortion and gun carry permits. The left is melting down although Jeff isn’t sure both opinions are great ideas: will women who live in states that outlaw abortion be prosecuted if they get abortions in other states? And Jeff describes his trip to Brazil in 2007 to meet th…
 
June is PTSD awareness month. And according to our next guest, managing the risk factors stemming from military-connected PTSD isn’t just a job for the Defense Department and the VA. Dr. Ken Marfilius is a former Air Force clinical social worker and mental health therapist. He’s now an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Syracuse University. He t…
 
At least some members of Congress are pushing for telework to become a big and permanent feature of federal employment. The latest gambit is a bill that requires agencies to gather statistics about telework, and prevent them from restricting it. It's called the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act. We get more now from one of its sponsors, Congres…
 
The Office of Personnel Management has reached a milestone it hasn't seen since 2015. OPM Director Kiran Ahuja just hit one year in office as agency head. Ahuja has made progress in her position -- for example, giving feds time off to vote and bringing back the Presidential Rank Awards after a year's hiatus. But the agency is hitting a few bumps in…
 
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency needs to move with more speed and urgency when it comes to talent management. That’s the conclusion of CISA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. CISA is now considering a suite of recommendations from the committee on recruiting and hiring. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Doubleday.…
 
Sometimes nations declare war on themselves. When a civil war broke out in Ethiopia back in 2020, my next guest worked overtime to ensure humanitarian aid got to those who we desperate for it, and to try and mitigate some of the human rights abuses. Now he's a finalist in this year's Service to America Medals Program. He's the director of the Offic…
 
Holly Ridings, the first female chief of NASA’s flight directors, will now help lead the agency’s Gateway Program, an international partnership to establish humanity’s first space station around the Moon. In this new role, Ridings will serve as the deputy program manager. She will lead teams to build and launch NASA’s foundational infrastructure in…
 
Looking to settle your debts to the IRS, without an endless wait over the phone? There’s a bot for that. The IRS is now automating more of its call volume through automation, giving its call-center employees more time to address complex requests from taxpayers. The IRS is also rounding the corner on its pandemic-era backlog of tax returns. Federal …
 
The Air Force has seen its fair share of curveballs when it comes to budget and acquisition. Between inflation, the war in Ukraine, and COVID, the service is trying to ensure the industry supply chains stays solid and that acquisition timelines don’t slip. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione discussed some of those issues with the service’s Deput…
 
The General Services Administration reach a critical milestone last week. It chose a name for its new services multiple award contract.In his weekly reporter's notebook, executive editor Jason Miller writes about why the new name, OASIS-Plus, takes all the fun out of government contracting.By Tom Temin
 
It's official, more or less. The General Services Administration is bending nearly all of its efforts towards the idea of customer experience. That's what Federal Acquisition Commissioner Tom Howder told the Coalition for Government Procurement the other day. What does that mean for contractors? We turn to federal sales and marketing consultant Lar…
 
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