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Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

A partially trained workforce working within a nearly impossible system is not a recipe for success. But that's how things are when it comes to federal acquisition, according to the Professional Services Council. The industry group has sent Congress a long list of recommendations to make procurement faster and more competitive. Council President Stan Soloway joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the study got started.

Tags: Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , acquisition , workforce ,

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:14pm EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tags: Ariel Levin-Waldman , GSA , OMB , GAO , Veterans Affairs , David Mader , Michael Gelber , David Wise , James Sullivan , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , FBI , management , Public Buildings Service , real property disposal , Freeze the Footprint

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is a step closer to transforming the Veterans Affairs Department. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to a $17 billion deal. Among many things, the bill will provide funding for veterans to seek care at non VA facilities. Martin Matishak, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to break down the numbers.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:39pm EDT
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Shutdown: Not Again!

Worried about a repeat of last year's government shutdown? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells us whether there's another October surprise in your future.

Tags: Mike Causey , workforce , shutdown , budget , sequestration

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The National Security Agency's top lawyer says the Edward Snowden disclosures not only hurt U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities - they may have also damaged the chance of Congress successfully passing cybersecurity legislation anytime in the near future.

Tags: National Security Agency , Jared Serbu , cybersecurity , DoD

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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Lawmakers respond to IRS email scandal with new regulations

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members approved the Federal Records Accountability Act, which mandates preservation of digital correspondence. The committee also passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, which would establish a presidential committee to find and review outdated, burdensome, costly or obsolete regulations.

Tags: Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Mark Meadows , management , regulations , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SCRUB Act , Lois Lerner , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Friday - 07/25/2014, 03:39pm EDT

Rep. Latham wants to beef up agency performance requirements

Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) introduced a bill requiring agencies to use continuous process improvement measures. The bipartisan "Lean and Responsive Government Act" looks to improve efficiency and effectiveness in agency management.

Tags: OMB , GAO , Tom Latham , Henry Cuellar , management , performance , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:19am EDT

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Your agency could save itself time and work on the hiring process if a new bill from Senator Jon Tester becomes law. The Competitive Service Act would let other agencies share information about applicants they didn't hire that might fit your agency's openings. In our Congressional Spotlight on In Depth with Francis Rose, Senator Tester explained how he thinks the bill will make your agency's hiring process faster and better.

Tags: Jon Tester , hiring , workforce ,

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:55pm EDT
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