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Despite increased reporting of sexual assaults, DoD still struggles to tackle issue

It's been 23 years since the Tailhook scandal rocked the Navy, and the Pentagon is still struggling to eliminate sexual assaults from the military. The number of reported cases is on the rise, but is counting cases alone solving the problem?

Tags: Paula Coughlin , Protect Our Defenders , Max Maxwell , JAG , DoD , Navy , sexual assaults , workforce , Federal Drive , Trust Redefined , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:29am EDT
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Col. Mark Maxwell, Judge Advocate General

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 rewrote the Uniform Military Code of Justice as it applies to sexual assault cases. Congress stopped short of stripping military commanders of their authority over the process, as many victims' advocates wanted. But it gave the military's legal corps more control over investigations and prosecutions. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees, Tom and Emily spoke with Col. Max Maxwell on The Federal Drive. He is the strategic initiatives officer for the Army Judge Advocates General Corps.

Tags: Max Maxwell , JAG , Federal Drive

Monday - 05/19/2014, 02:09pm EDT
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Harry Hallock, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement

After more than a decade of high-tempo work aimed at getting equipment to the battlefield as quickly as possible, the Army official in charge of contracting says it's time for his workforce to slow down and think. Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu the Army took contracting shortcuts during wartime and not all of them were smart decisions.

Tags: Harry Hallock , Jared Serbu , contracting

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
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Air Force's progress raises DoD's confidence toward audit readiness

The Air Force does a 180 and now predicts it will meet the September and the 2017 financial management deadlines. Government auditors and Senate lawmakers agree the key to this effort is whether the Defense Department can upgrade and improve their track record in implementing ERP systems.

Tags: financial management , DoD , Bob Hale , Air Force , Jamie Morin , Robert Speer , Asif Khan , GAO , audit readiness , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandler, U.S. Army

The military has doubled-down on efforts to prevent sexual assault. They've labeled this month "Sexual Assault Awareness Month." It's a topic Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler brings up whenever he visits soldiers. He says "Take back your Army" from those who commit sexual assault. Chandler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp some of the most recent statistics about sexual assault in the Army.

Tags: Raymond Chandler , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Army breaks ground on DoD's biggest solar project to date

The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. The solar panels are expected to provide 18 megawatts of electricity, enough to light a small-sized city.

Tags: DoD , Fort Huachuca , Katherine Hammack , Amanda Simpson , Green government , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 04:12am EDT
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Amanda Simpson, Executive Director for Energy Initiatives Task Force, Army

The Army breaks ground Friday on a giant solar array at sunny Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Once built, it will provide about a quarter of the energy needed to power the mid-sized base. It will be the largest solar project in the military's portfolio for a while. Amanda Simpson, executive director for the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force, described the scope of the project to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Amanda Simpson , Green government

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Army shrinking the size of its workforce

The Army says it must shrink to 490,000 by October 2015, and then to 450,000 two years later. If automatic budget cuts resume, the Army will have to reduce to 420,000. The Associated Press reports while a lot of the reduction may come from voluntary retirements, resignations and decreased enlistments, Army commanders will have to force as many as 3,000 officers to leave by the end of October 2015. Of those, nearly 1,500 are captains, 550 are majors.

Tags: DoD , Army reduction , workforce

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 08:46am EDT

Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.), president, National Guard Association

An independent commission to make recommendations about the restructuring of the Army isn't meeting with much welcome from Army leaders. But it does have some support. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association, is one of the most outspoken advocates for the outside commission. He told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army needs an outside look before it downsizes.

Tags: Gus Hargett , DoD , In Depth

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:01pm EDT
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DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , DoD , Dick Ginman , Coalition for Government Procurement , Jeff Koses , GSA , Jason Miller , Harry Hallock

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT
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