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Lots of loot for the taking in GSA's open-floor headquarters

Thieves would like GSA's new open-floor design, the inspector general finds.

Tags: GSA , federal buildings , workspaces ,

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:35am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Lock up your stuff is one of the most basic, if not the most basic, workplace rule. Lax security and potential for theft are a couple of the downsides to the open floor plan the General Services Administration advocates and other agencies are pursuing. GSA's Office of Inspector General found some pretty expensive -- and valuable -- items laying out in the open at headquarters. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the IG found and what GSA can do about it.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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GOP to agencies: Why do you pay employees not to work?

Congressional Republicans probe for answers following a GAO report that the government spent nearly $3.1 billion in paid administrative leave over a recent 3-year period. While most employees took such leave for a week or less, 263 spent a year or longer on paid administrative leave.

Tags: Chuck Grassley , Darrell Issa , paid leave , GAO ,

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:12pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Federal Salary Council voted to add 13 cities to a list of communities where federal employees are paid more. The council was aiming to close a growing gap between federal employees and private counterparts in certain regions of the country. But the administration has frozen locality pay until at least 2016. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the council recommends.

Tags: Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Federal Salary Council , locality pay , pay and benefits , workforce

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:57am EDT
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Bennie Adkins, Medal of Honor Recipient

The Army brought its top brass to Washington this week for its annual Association of the U.S. Army Expo. Among the dignitaries, an unusual recipient of the Medal of Honor. It's typically given to service members within three years of their heroics in battle. In the case of 80 year old retired Special Forces member Bennie Adkins, it took nearly five decades. Adkins tells Emily Kopp how he learned he would receive the nation's highest military award.

Tags: Bennie Adkins , Medal of Honor , AUSA , Special Forces , Army

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:06am EDT
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In and out of government, employers hesitate to Google employees

From Google searches to LinkedIn connections, a wealth of publicly available online information can reveal a person's mindset, and possibly tip off the government to the next Edward Snowden or Aaron Alexis. The intelligence community has done some testing, but a final policy remains elusive. Contractors are hesitant.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , security clearances , continuous evaluation , social media , insider threat

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 01:27pm EDT
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Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

Tags: Charlie Sowell , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Salient Federal Solutions , contracting , social media

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, U.S. Army

Sometimes you have a plan but contingencies come up and force you to change. That's the situation the Army finds itself in. The service is taking a close look at how budget constraints and blossoming global conflicts are forcing it to adjust. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and director of Acquisition Career Management. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the U.S. Army Expo.

Tags: Michael E. Williamson , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Army , AUSA , aquisition

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:11pm EDT
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Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Only a few weeks ago, Army leadership was planning to shrink its force to levels unseen since before World War II. But that was before Islamic State terrorists threatened to take over Iraq and Syria, before Russia invaded Ukraine and before the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to West Africa to help control the Ebola outbreak. Now the Army's Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, suggests the Army and political leaders need to rethink their plans. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo about the Army's next steps.

Tags: Ray Odierno , Tom Temin , Army , AUSA , Islamic State , Syria , Iraq

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:01pm EDT
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Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Tags: acquisition , Dan Gordon , Jim Williams , Federal Drive , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition reform , acquisition myths , Mythbusters

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT
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