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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

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it's taking the DoD directive to trim its headquarters staff extremely seriously. And that's not just because it will save money. The service's number two civilian sees it as an opportunity to flatten what he calls a "sclerotic" bureaucracy, which does a poor job of responding to changing circumstances and urgent needs. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Army , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:47pm EDT
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Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

The Navy is applying its 20-year-old open systems architecture strategy to a new class of ships. The OSA strategy tackles acquisition and system development in a modular way, so the Navy can customize weapon systems and designs throughout the lifecycle of the program. Nick Guertin is director of transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said open systems architecture is even more valuable today because it also drives down costs.

Tags: Nick Guertin , Navy , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:18pm EDT
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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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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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