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The lessons and legacy of NSPS

The Defense Department's long experiment in a pay-for-performance system was supposed to provide a model for the rest of government. Instead, after six years and protracted legal battles, the National Security Personnel System. was abolished by Congress. With more than 225,000 employees, who were once covered by the system, now converted back to the General Schedule, Federal News Radio examines the lessons learned and legacy of NSPS.

Tags: NSPS , NSPS transition , general schedule , pay for performance , workforce , management , pay , pay and benefits , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 03:02pm EST

F-35 moves to next level

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. military is moving ahead with developing the Marine Corps version of the next-generation strike fighter jet, but warns the program is "not out of the woods yet." Those remarks came as the F-35B Lightning II was removed from "probation" and granted full status along the other two variants of the Joint Strike Fighter. He said the F-35, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, is "absolutely vital to maintaining America's air superiority".

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Monday - 01/23/2012, 10:30am EST

Air Force: Underperforming programs will suffer in 2013 budget

In next year's budget, key factors for program funding are performance, performance and performance, the Air Force's top acquisition official said.

Tags: Air Force , DoD budget , acquisition , NETCENTS , NETCENTS 2 , ERP , IT acquisition , David Van Buren , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/23/2012, 09:39am EST
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DoD, industry take on 'pervasive instability' in contracting

Ray Bjorklund, vice president and chief knowledge officer at Deltek, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss DoD contract management.

Tags: Contracting , acquisition , Industry , Ray Bjorklund , Deltek , contract management , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 01/20/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Analysis: 3 areas DoD can target for cost-cutting

Travis Sharp, a defense analyst at the Center for a New American Security, outlines three main areas where DoD could make cuts.

Tags: Travis Sharp , CNAS , budget , Congress , Sequestration , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/20/2012, 11:25am EST
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Navy breaks ground on second-largest federal solar project

The Navy has signed a deal to start funneling green energy to its largest base. Instead of costing money, the project will save money, Navy and industry officials say.

Tags: energy , SunPower , Navy , China Lake , Clifford Maurer , power purchase agreement , green government , Karen Butterfield , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/20/2012, 05:08am EST
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Analysis: Sequester unlikely, but major Defense cuts ahead

Russel Rumbaugh, co-director of budgeting for foreign affairs and defense at the Stimson Center, sees the looming sequester as an empty threat. Meanwhile, DoD and the administration move forward with significant cuts in spending.

Tags: Leon Panetta , Federal Drive , Russel Rumbaugh , Stimson Center , sequester , Sequestration , budget , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 12:13pm EST
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Army updates policy on flying unmanned aircraft in U.S.

The Army uses the drones for warfighter training and unspecified "domestic operations" in civilian airspace.

Tags: DoD Update , Federal Drive , Army

Friday - 01/20/2012, 09:41am EST

Pentagon pays heavy price

Since Pakistan shut down U.S. supply lines in late 2011, the Pentagon has been spending more than six times what it normally does to get supplies to troops in Afghanistan. According to information obtained by the Associated Press, it now costs about $104 million per month to move the supplies through a longer northern route, $87 million more a month than when the cargo moved through Pakistan.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 06:28pm EST
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