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Rich Wilkinson, Vice President for Client Services, NeoSystems

The Defense Contract Audit Agency has a backlog of around five years worth of Incurred Cost Submissions it needs to audit. The Government Accountability Office, the DoD Inspector General and Congress have all been critical of DCAA's inability to address the backlog. Now the agency is taking aggressive, and somewhat unusual, measures to address the problem. A policy memo went out recently with requirements for the agency's auditors; attached was a list exposing around 1,000 delinquent contractors. Rich Wilkinson is vice president for client services for NeoSystems. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how contractors should handle the situation.

Tags: Rich Wilkinson , NeoSystems , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Defense Contract Audit Agency , backlog , Incurred Cost Submissions , GAO

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 09:00am EDT
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Navy seeks data analytics to help overhaul personnel practices

The Department of the Navy plans to use one of the three projects in its Innovation Cell to create data analytics for talent management. The goal of the cell is to rapidly acquire commercial IT by involving industry early in the requirements process.

Tags: Navy , technology , acquisition , Innovation Cell , workforce , talent management , Bill Moran , Victor Gavin , Laura Knight , industry , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will propose a 401k-like retirement program for uniformed military personnel this week. USA today reports the goal is that everyone that leaves the military takes away a retirement fund, even if they don't stay in 20 years. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he compared the idea to the work he's done on compensation and the work the Military Compensation Commission did.

Tags: Todd Harrison , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , In Depth , retirement

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

If Congress passes the defense acquisition reform bill, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry this week, it won't be enought to fix the defense acqusition system. And he's the first to admit that. But the legislation does attempt to chip away at what Thornberry views as clear problems, including a lack of clear lines of authority, and too much paperwork. Beth McGrath, federal practice director of Deloitte and former deputy chief managment officer for the Defense Department, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what she thinks of the bill.

Tags: In Depth , Beth McGrath , acquisition reform , Mac Thornberry

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:58pm EDT
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Air Force gives sex assault victims Ďa voice to their choice'

Lt. Col. Andrea deCamara, chief of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency's Special Victims Counsel Division, said victim empowerment is extremely important. "The conviction is not what we'd like to focus on for the victim; it's empowering the victim to be able to make informed choices," she told Federal News Radio's Agency of the Month radio show.

Tags: Agency of the Month , Air Force , Andrea deCamara , Special Victims Counsel , sexual assault , Judge Advocate General , Jason Fornicola , workforce

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:52pm EDT

Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tags: Brian Bouffard , Navy , Bowe Bergdahl , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 06:11am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Even if Congress finally finds a way around sequestration, the drawdown plan the Army has already laid out would take it down to a size of 450,000 soliders within the next five years. Officials said they won't be able to shed 40,000 personnel just through attrition. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is expected to involuntarily separate at least 14,000 more soldiers, and thousands more if the budget caps stay in effect.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Army , budget , sequestration , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The House and Senate Budget Committees are working through plans today that would add funds to the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. But the White House has already said President Barack Obama won't sign a budget with a huge increase in OCO funding. Long-term financial planning for the military is one aspect of a long-term strategy detailed in a new work called "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security." Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the author and senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jerry explained where the term "avoiding trivia" comes from and how it applies to military strategy.

Tags: Jerry Hendrix , Center for a New American Security , budget , Congress , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:43pm EDT
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