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8:07 am, April 17, 2014

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Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford and Roth

How much control can agencies exert over employees' behavior when they are on work trips? And in social-work situations, what are the hard-and-fast rules that employees should follow? Two recent incidents make us ask. The Secret Service recently recalled three agents from an overseas trip after they were caught drunk. On the other hand, the Veterans Affairs Department has rehired an employee who admitted to drinking and driving on a business trip. A passenger fell out of his van and died. In this week's, Legal Loop, federal employment attorney Debra Roth discusses these thorny issues with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:01pm EDT
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Debbie Hersman, Chairwoman, National Transportation Safety Board

The long-time leader of the National Transportation Safety Board is stepping down at the end of the month. Chairwoman Debbie Hersman says it's been "a great ride." Under her leadership, the board has challenged the transportation industry and other government agencies in the name of passenger safety. Hersman told Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp she is moving on to what she calls a second "dream job" as the head of a safety advocacy group.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:40am EDT
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Shelley Metzenbaum, President, Volcker Alliance

The Obama Administration has tried to infuse a love of data and evidence into the federal bureaucracy with mixed success. It's also pledged to give agencies more flexibility in hiring to bring people with fresh ideas into the government. For perspective on the management agenda, Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Shelly Metzenbaum, who served as Office of Management and Budget assistant director for performance. She now is president of the Volcker Alliance. Metzenbaum recently testified on Capitol Hill about the problems she sees in federal management and performance.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:18am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Pressing questions about federal financial management shared services must be answered in the next few months. The Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department and the CFO Council are trying to plug the holes in the shared services process that thwarted the effort a decade ago. In part three of his special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller speaks with Beth Angerman, director of Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation. She says the administration is ensuring success this time.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:10am EDT
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Navy looks to overhaul acquisition processes for aviation systems

The Naval Air Systems Command's acquisition practices are laden with so much unnecessary costs that its commander worries about its ability to meet its mission to the fleet a few years from now. NAVAIR's commander said it's time to rethink the way it engages the acquisition system and with industry.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:55am EDT
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Treasury figuring out how the shared services pieces fit into governmentwide puzzle

In part 3 of our special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio explores the administration's plans to ensure success in consolidating and standardizing financial systems this time around. Beth Angerman, director of Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (OFIT), said the goal is creating a repeatable, sustainable process for agencies to move to federal financial management providers. Over the next six months, Treasury and OMB must answer many of the outstanding questions about how this initiative will truly work.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:26am EDT
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Federal leadership development is not a luxury

Absent significant investment in developing the leadership abilities of supervisors, the federal government is going to have morale and performance issues for years to come, says Jeff Neal, former CHCO at Homeland Security.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:00am EDT

DHA builds a healthier DoD workforce through shared services

From health records to rubber gloves, the Defense Health Agency is streamlining health care at the Pentagon. In this week's Agency of the Month radio show, host Lauren Larson speaks with Navy Capt. James Poindexter, acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services, and Dave Bowen, director of health care IT and chief information officer at the Defense Health Agency.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 03:31am EDT

Easy Rider -- or Highway to Hell?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is getting to and from work your best time of day? Are you listening to books or learning a language? Or do you have the commute from hell? Do you arrive at work and home having committed murder in your heart?

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The leader of the Naval Air Systems Command says his service needs to make dramatic changes to the way it acquires planes, helicopters and other aviation systems. Otherwise, he says, the Navy faces a future in which it can't afford the weapons systems it needs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports on the upcoming changes at NAVAIR.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:26pm EDT
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Rep. David Price (D-N.C.)

Personnel costs take up a larger share of Customs and Border Protection's budget than ever before. More than 70 percent of the agency's Fiscal 2015 budget request will go to compensation. Some members of Congress are worried those rising costs will crowd out CBP's ability to deliver high-priority IT projects and fulfill its mission. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem CBP has is two-fold.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:22pm EDT
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Christopher Pernin, RAND Arroyo Center

The rapid acquisition policy the Army uses in Afghanistan could be moving too quickly. The department can customize how it uses the Defense Acquisition System to make sure war fighters get what they need. But the Army's information technology systems might need a slower approach. Christopher Pernin, director of the Force Development and Technology Program at the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior physical scientist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, tells In Depth with Francis Rose they believe the Army can use acquisition policies it already has to improve its IT systems.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:06pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise may not seem like an element of the golden era of federal employment. But Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey looks at all the things that didn't happen in the past year or so in his column and says this might be as good as it gets for a while.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:00pm EDT
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Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff

The Defense Department's overall budget will shrink by a combined $900 billion by fiscal year 2021, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. He tells the Senate Armed Services Committee how the Army will absorb more than $260 billion in cuts during that span. On Pentagon Solutions, Odierno says the Pentagon is creating a Total Army Solution for the looming budget cuts.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:48pm EDT
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Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The military's commissary system is in line for cuts in the Fiscal 2015 budget request from the Pentagon. Those cuts, like a lot of other cuts, have some pretty strong opponents. But in the case of the commissaries, the opponents aren't necessarily obvious. On Pentagon Solutions, Todd Harrison, senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, explains why the commissary system is generating some much heat.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:42pm EDT
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An update on the Senior Executives Service

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will discuss the status of the SES, and Nicole Johnson and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about cloud computing and the likelihood that feds will get a pay raise.
April 9, 2014

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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OSC targets Hatch Act violations at IRS, improper hiring at CBP

A customer service representative at the IRS who repeatedly greeted taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 could now be facing significant disciplinary action, according to the Office of Special Counsel. It's one of three cases of improper political activity at the agency recently uncovered by OSC. Meanwhile, three career officials at Customs and Border Protection are under fire by OSC for allegedly manipulating the hiring process to install job candidates favored by political leadership into career appointments.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 03:45pm EDT

Catalysts for Government's Big Data Revolution

What are the infrastructure underpinnings of big data and big databases. Users of big data have been concentrating on the tools to mine the information in big data. In this conversation, we will discuss what it takes to house, maintain and serve up big data. Such data stores are characterized by a mix of relational/structured data and non-structured files such as video, images, PDFs, and office documents. A number of new solutions are emerging - different types of storage, different approaches of optimizing the data center to handle big data.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:49pm EDT
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On DoD: Leadership skills for veterans, VA's disability backlog and DoD's change to GSA schedules

On this week's On DoD, Jared Serbu talks to Eric Jeffries, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Exelis; Zachary Hearn, the deputy director for benefits at the American Legion; and Alan Chvotkin, vice president at the Professional Services Council.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:12pm EDT
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Are agencies doing enough to weed out redundant programs?

Three years after the Government Accountability Office first reported that federal agencies were managing a maze of potentially duplicative federal programs, the watchdog agency has added nearly a dozen more areas to its tally of duplication and overlap. GAO's latest report identifies a total of 26 areas for potential cost-savings, ranging from fragmented operations to out-and-out copycat programs being run by multiple agencies.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 12:36pm EDT
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