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GAO: Pentagon needs to connect dots between workforce planning, budget needs

The Defense Department is getting smarter about workforce planning making sure it has the right people with the right skills in the right positions. But DoD's five-year strategic workforce plan, released last fall, is short on details in a few key areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , workforce , DoD , Ron Sanders , Jack Moore , acquisition

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:41pm EDT

Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Over the past decade, Congress has stepped up pressure on the Defense Department to gather data about its civilian workforce, and to use that data to develop a strategic workforce plan. The Pentagon has a plan, but according to the Government Accountability Office, it has some gaps: It leaves out some of the information Congress mandated. DoD's workforce strategy doesn't appear to be tied to either its budget plans or its broader management strategies. Brenda Farrell is director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. She discussed the report on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: GAO , DoD , workforce , Congress , budget

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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Feds fast-tracking new system for keeping tabs on cleared personnel

In Part 4 of the special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines the government's plan to use new technology to keep better tabs on cleared personnel on a near, real-time basis. But some experts wonder whether such a plan could be implemented successfully in the swift timelines sought by the government.

Tags: oversight , security clearances , Questioning Clearances , continuous evaluation , OMB , ODNI , DoD , Marcel Lettre , Beth Cobert , Evan Lesser , GAO , Bill Henderson

Sunday - 05/18/2014, 08:44am EDT
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Concerns over quality continue to plague OPM's background investigations

Ten years ago, the federal government was faced with a crisis in managing security clearances: costly delays and backlogs in performing background investigations. The Office of Personnel Management stepped in and tremendous progress clearing the backlog and meeting strict new timelines mandated by Congress. But some critics now worry too much focus has been put on speed in the process and not enough attention has been given to quality. In our special report, Questioning Clearances, Federal News Radio examines why efforts to measure the quality of background investigations have stalled.

Tags: OPM , security clearances , background investigations , GAO , Merton Miller , DoD , Questioning Clearances , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

In Depth Show Blog - November 14, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Joe Herres , Jim Beaupre , In Depth

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 05:46pm EST

Federal Drive Show Blog - November 6, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: federal drive , Bob Litan , Mike Causey , Jared Serbu , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 09:23am EST

Quality not a priority in security clearance process, GAO says

Concerns over missed red flags in Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's background have thrust the federal government's security clearance program into the spotlight. But the problem is likely bigger than one company. The Office of Personnel Management and its contractors which accounts for 90 percent of the federal government's background investigations, has faced persistent challenges with security clearances over the years, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: OPM , security clearances , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jack Moore , GAO

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 06:16pm EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - September 23, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: federal drive , Steve Shih , Devon Hewitt , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/23/2013, 12:36pm EDT

Federal Drive Show Blog - July 22, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , jon tester , Jared Serbu , Jason Miller , Brendan Goode , Christopher Payne ,

Monday - 07/22/2013, 10:22am EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Oct. 15, 2012

David Goldman of Public Health Science discusses a new customer complaint form put out by USDA. Martin Libicki of the Rand Corp. talks about Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent speech on cybersecurity. John Mahoney discusses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's latest report on the federal workforce. GAO's Brenda Farrell talks about her agency's analysis of the Military Health System.

Tags: DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update , John Mahoney , Martin Libicki , David Goldman , cybersecurity , DoD , USDA , federal drive

Monday - 10/15/2012, 09:14am EDT
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