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VA calls for its own BRAC process to close outdated facilities

The Veterans Affairs Department says it is spending $24 million per year to maintain facility space it can't use. Some of the restrictions on closing them are political, some are local, so VA thinks it needs a BRAC of its own.

Tags: Congress , VA , BRAC , Robert McDonald , Helen Tierney , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/06/2015, 04:32am EST
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Air Force: ‘Every gallon of gasoline counts'

Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Roberto Guerrero cites new efficiencies, public/private partnerships as keys to reduced energy use.

Tags: Agency of the Month , Air Force , Roberto Guerrero , energy , efficiency , safety , aviation , security , public private partnerships , Jason Fornicola

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:18am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has a similar problem to the Defense Department: too many underutilized facilities in its inventory and a lot of dilapidated structures it can't afford to tear down. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, VA is asking Congress for its own version of a BRAC.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Veterans Affairs , In Depth

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:45pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force announces a nine-step plan to make itself more diverse. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh detail the plan in a memo. Emily Kopp has details on the memo and the rollout with Secretary James at an event Wednesday at the Center for a New American Security. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the diversity goals aren't limited to one group or another.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Deborah Lee James , Air Force , In Depth

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:22pm EST
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Army: Sequestration to cause 'domino effect' on base maintenance

After two years of operating under sequestration level funding, the Army now faces a $3 billion maintenance backlog and 5,500 work orders, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

Tags: Army , Sequestration , Katherine Hammack , In Depth , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:58am EST

Carter opens door to more DoD civilian job cuts

Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

Tags: workforce , Congress , Sequestration , Ashton Carter , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , House Appropriations Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. Some are new ideas; others are existing programs that will be enhanced. That's according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. She spoke at an event on women and leadership yesterday, sponsored by the Center for a New American Security. Emily Kopp was there, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a report on it.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Air Force , Deborah Lee James

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 10:15am EST
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James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , Air Force , diversity , Mark Welsh , Center for New American Security

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:34pm EST

Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

The Defense Department will close 15 sites in Europe over the next two years. The Department expects the European Infrastructure Consolidation to save $500 million a year. Katherine Hammack is assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared the details on this and DoD's other cost-saving plans.

Tags: Katherine Hammack , Army , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:07pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon's strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Ash Carter , Jared Serbu , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:50pm EST
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