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Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

Six airstrikes near Kobani in Syria are part of today's Operation Inherent Resolve action. The Defense Department says the military executed two more airstrikes near Fallujah in Iraq. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at American University, and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He writes in Foreign Policy magazine under the title "The Varnish of Vietnam." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the fight against the Islamic State isn't winnable.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Veterans Affairs Department tops the list of most time spent on union business in fiscal 2012. The VA uses a little more than 1 million hours in total. But when you look at the numbers by hours per union employee, you get a completely different list. Bob Tobias is professor in the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University and teaches about labor-management relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered insight into the figures on official time.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Only two agencies show any progress in following the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Those two are the Office of Personnel Management and the Labor Department. The Government Accountility Office says GPRA compliance is actually getting worse at other agencies. Bob Tobias is Business Development director of the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the failing grades mean for performance-based management in the federal government.

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Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The House passes a series of bills to change the work life of some federal employees. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act changes the due process for career SESers accused of misconduct. Three bills aimed at the IRS would target how employees work and communicate with each other. Bob Tobias is a professor for Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the ramifications of the bills on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Internal Revenue Service has a hard number of how much money each of their revenue agents brings in for every dollar invested in their pay and benefits. But that's not possible for every agency or every job description. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what he thinks the key is to put a dollar value on the work employees do.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency needs to clarify what it expects from employees who telework. That's according to the Patent Office Professional Association. Their president says the recent telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office exposes problems with how agencies manage employees working outside the office. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained what he sees behind the controversy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:02pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

It's been almost five years since Congress eliminated the National Security Personnel System, and almost three years since it told the Pentagon to come up with a new performance management system for civilian personnel. Now, DoD has released some early details on what that new system will eventually look like. In a semiannual report to Congress last week, officials said they had notified DoD labor unions that the new system will evaluate employee performance in three tiers and promised that those performance reviews will be linked to organizational goals. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the system changes on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:29pm EDT
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Bob Tobias, Director, American University

Some changes are coming at the top of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with new leader coming in for the Veterans Health Administration next Wednesday. VA's General Counsel Will Gunn plans to resign early next month. The changes appear to be the result of a trust issue at the agency. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that performance issues are in the public spotlight because of the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs, but the problem actually goes way beyond the VA.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The IRS keeps revealing more instances of lost emails of employees in its tax exempt division. This week's revelation from the House Ways and Means Committee follows Friday's disclosure that a computer crash eliminated thousands of emails from former division chief Lois Lerner. Investigators now say another six division employees had their computers crash. Two Republican lawmakers call on the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Commissioner John Koskinen faces skeptical members of Congress today. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the records management side of this issue.

Tags: Dan Metcalfe , IRS , Federal Drive , House Ways and Means Committe , Lois Lerner

Friday - 06/20/2014, 01:22am EDT
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Dan Metcalfe, Adjunct Professor of Law, American University

The Associated Press reports the government is going to unusual lengths to cloak the use of surveillance technology by local police. Rarely has the federal government interfered in local open-records conflicts. But recently, the FBI told a court in Arizona, releasing information about police surveillance would make it harder for the bureau to protect the public from terrorism. Dan Metcalfe is an American University law professor and executive director of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how often the federal government intervenes in record requests involving non-federal agencies.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:10am EDT
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