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Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

If it works, kill it: How bureaucracy stops progress

Bureaucracies may be good at some things, but they always excel at one — self-preservation, says Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 03:52pm EDT

Bill would mean 5 years without a bonus for delinquent feds

Three senators introduced a bill targeting federal employees who have engaged in misconduct, are not in good standing with their agency or have violated the law.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:26pm EDT

Senators: More transparency needed on geospatial data spending

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill they hope will increase transparency on geospatial data. The bill would require agencies to report how much they spend on such data, as part of annual budget submissions to the White House.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 11:41am EDT

DoD pursues back-office savings ahead of potential cuts from sequestration

The Defense Business Board outlines three approaches for the Pentagon to save $125 billion across six administrative areas. Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work said the 90-day study will help his department improve productivity as sequestration looms.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:05am EDT
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An update on the NASA SEWP program

Joanne Woytek, program manager for NASA SEWP, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the performance of NASA SEWP IV, and what's ahead with NASA SEWP V.
March 17, 2015

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 09:30pm EDT
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David Dye, Federal Human Capital Group, Deloitte

If you believe the surveys, employee engagement has been declining across the federal government for years. A recent Presidential Personnel memo makes the Senior Executive Service accountable for several agencies' employee engagement through the SES performance management system. So how do you go about increasing engagement? David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:36am EDT
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Karen Britton, Senior Vice President, E-Management

A new item is showing up on the job description of your agency's Chief Information Officer as CIOs look for more involvement in the strategy and business operation of the agency. Karen Britton is senior vice president of E-Management, and former chief information officer of the Executive Office of the President. She explained what kind of ambassadors CIOs are trying to be on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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CFOs not giving up budget authority to CIOs without a fight

Several sources said OMB is getting pushback on its draft guidance from several CFOs who don't want to cede budgetary authority to CIOs.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:28am EDT

Brennan says new CIA cyber branch part of digital evolution

The CIA director said the agency is following the spy business into the digital realm, but it is not trying to step on other intelligence agencies' turf.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 03:58am EDT
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How many contractors does the government have?

The Congressional Budget Office recently revealed that it didn't have any comprehensive information about the size of the federal government's contracted workforce. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says knowing that number might not matter too much to taxpayers in the long run.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:31pm EDT

New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

Friday - 03/13/2015, 03:44am EDT
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Shared services report reveals CFOs' skepticism

In a new report, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte Consulting say the Obama administration needs to increase accountability and guidance if it wants agencies to embrace shared service providers. The study draws from interviews with 18 high-level officials, most of them chief financial officers.

Thursday - 03/12/2015, 06:00pm EDT
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OMB plays data matchmaker to combat rise in improper payments

David Mader, OMB controller, said the administration will target specific agencies with new technology to access more data to combat this long-standing challenge. GAO reported Feb. 26 that the governmentwide improper payment rate was 4.02 percent, meaning agencies misspent almost $125 billion in 2014.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 03:41am EDT
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Census Bureau offers primer on enterprise risk management

The people-counting agency has learned from some big mistakes. Now, Chief Operating Officer Nancy Potok shares some lessons with Federal News Radio.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:02pm EDT
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Agencies fail to make the grade on FOIA requests

The agencies that account for 90 percent of Freedom of Information Act requests received by the federal government continue to struggle in processing those requests in a timely manner, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Government.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:01am EDT
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The new Congress

Ken Gold, director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, will give his thoughts on some of the issues that Congress will be addressing over the next few months.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:47pm EDT

Can CIOs and CAOs play well in the sandbox?

It has always frustrated Mike Sade why chief information officers and chief acquisition officers often seem to communicate disparate messages regarding their agencies' goals and objectives. The 30-year federal procurement exec offers some tips on how to overcome that.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 02:57am EDT

OMB's Dave Mader: A 'zealot' for shared services

The controller in the Office of Management and Budget says the next two years are critical for financial management shared services. Mader said along with Treasury, OMB will be determining how best to get agencies to move to one of four federal providers.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 06:39pm EST
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