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Rudy deLeon, Center for American Progress, Danielle Pletka, AEI

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is looking for collaboration from the think tank community. He told Federal News Radio back in January that his House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces wants more input from groups of think tanks working together on issues of national defense and national security. At least one effort is delivering on Chairman Forbes's wish -- and was -- before he even expressed that wish. Danielle Pletka is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Rudy deLeon is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Deputy Secretary of Defense. Danielle tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why their effort isn't just a collaboration between AEI and CAP.

Tags: Rudy deLeon , Danielle Pletka , CAP , AEI

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:17pm EDT
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Lt. Col. Mark Reith, 690th Network Support Squadron, Air Force

The newest edition of the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk is now active on the desktops of airmen all across the Air Force. Version 2.0 includes capabilities that will make users more self-reliant, which will save the Air Force money. Lt. Col. Mark Reith, commander of the 690th Network Support Squadron, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how airmen will find some new power when they click on the vESD icon on their desktops.

Tags: Air Force , Lt. Col. Mark Reith

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Civilian agencies could spend about 10 percent more on IT than what was originally predicted in the fiscal 2015 budget. IDC Government Insights says the budget for civilian agencies is set at $43.6 billion for this fiscal year. But IT spending will likely reach about $48 billion by the end of this summer. Shawn McCarthy, a research director for IDC Government Insights, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what he found.

Tags: Shawn McCarthy , information technology

Friday - 03/27/2015, 04:10pm 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: Beth McGrath , DoD , acquisition reform , Mac Thornberry

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:58pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is in the middle of a long push to overhaul its personnel practices. Navy officials think those practices are too rigid, and that they're based on concepts of talent management that are really outdated. Officials want new data analytics capabilities to help determine what's good and bad about the current system, and they're asking industry for help. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Navy , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:43pm EDT
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Friday federal headlines - March 27, 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, the Senate passes it's budget plan and a group of congressmen want to reform the Secret Service.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive report ,

Friday - 03/27/2015, 07:25am EDT

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

Tags: Larry Allen , SEWP 5

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:41pm EDT
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Ron Prater, Partner and Co-Founder, Corner Alliance

Leaders at the National Institute of Health have a new BRAIN to leverage. The Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network is based in the cloud, and it's ready for other agencies to leverage. Ron Prater is partner and co-founder of the Corner Alliance, one of the co-developers of the program. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how BRAIN works.

Tags: Ron Prater , NIH

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:37pm EDT
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Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

Tags: Bill Welch , Department of Veterans Affairs , contracting

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:35pm EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, wants to alter the chain of command in the defense acquisition reform process. But his reform bill also zeroes in on the Pentagon's IT acquisition process. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president for public sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those details of the bipartisan bill will help the Defense Department keep its technological edge.

Tags: Trey Hodgkins , Mac Thornberry , defense acquisition , information technology

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
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