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Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

December 2013 was a major milestone on DoD's path to audit-ready financial statements. The Marine Corps became the first military service in history to get a clean opinion on a major part of its general fund. But new information has come to light since then, and on Monday, the DoD inspector general rescinded its favorable audit opinion - saying it's no longer reliable. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and is focused intently on DoD audit readiness over the last several years. He spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the latest developments and what they mean for DoD's broader audit goals.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget is putting federal office space and excess property in to a deeper freeze. And maybe trimming it a little bit. Two years after issuing the "Freeze the Footprint" policy, OMB will issue a follow-on memo today requiring civilian agencies and the Defense Department to develop a plan to reduce their real property footprints over the next five years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review OMB's new downsizing initiative.

Tags: Jason Miller , Dave Mader , OMB , Freeze the Footprint , Reduce the Footprint ,

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:38am EDT
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A few agencies are about to test something called a "federal feedback button." The White House hopes it will let online agencies spot customer-service issues as soon as they happen. One official likened it to Yelp for the government. Reporter Emily Kopp has written about this, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 05:45am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Tony Scott has learned at least one thing in his nearly two months as the federal chief information officer: Starting initiatives means little unless you can get them to the finish line. Scott, a pilot, makes the analogy to flying a plane. Taking off might be the fun part, but you've got to land at some point. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller covered Scott's first speech as federal CIO. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how Scott plans to pilot federal IT over the next two years.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 05:42am EDT
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Wednesday federal headlines - March 25, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Defense Secretary Ash Carter hears pushback from senior military leaders on lifting the ban on transgender people serving in the military and a Senate panel urges the President to fill vacant inspector general posts.

Tags: Federal Drive newscast , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 07:53am EDT

Tuesday federal headlines - March 24, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Sen. Jon Tester introduces a bill to improve the mental health care of the National Guard and Reserve, and the National Archives and Records Administration has a new inspector general.

Tags: In Depth , Federal Drive newscast

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 07:15am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the defense reform legislation he'll introduce this week will include a focus on DoD's acquisition workforce and strengthening the place of program managers in the chain of command. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) says Congress shouldn't try to fix the DoD procurement system all in one year, but it's time to get started. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , Mac Thornberry , acquisition , In Depth ,

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:02pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The idea of letting federal employees do government business on their personal mobile devices makes a lot of agencies nervous. The Defense Department, for years, has been one of the most nervous agencies of all. But that rigid rejection of BYOD might be loosening up just a bit. The Pentagon's planning its own test of BYOD a few months from now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about that test as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:17pm EDT
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Brian Lepore, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues, GAO

The last round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) back in 2005 did some good. Many of the bases were repurposed and used to help the homeless. But BRAC had problems, too. As outlined in a new report from the Government Accountability Office, DoD and Housing and Urban Development don't track progress on base conversions very well. It's a concern as the Defense Department raises the urgency of its request for a new round of closures. Brian Lepore, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the problem.

Tags: Brian Lepore , GAO , BRAC , HUD , DoD ,

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:56am EDT
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Lisa LaPlant, FDsys Program Manager, Government Publishing Office

The Government Publishing Office is on GitHub. The open source community portal already has more than 10,000 government users worldwide. They use the space to collaborate on software code, data and policy. GPO will share information about how content is stored and processed on its flagship Federal Digital System (FDsys). Lisa LaPlant is the FDsys lead program manager. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the decision to form an open source community.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 09:55am EDT
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