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Survey: Retirees want greater flexiblity in TSP accounts

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board conducted a survey to find out why so many former feds are withdrawing all the money from their Thrift Savings Plan accounts so soon after retirement.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The DATA Act has already garnered more attention, more high level focus in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years. The big question is whether that focus and attention will last beyond this first year. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some experts believe the DATA Act is so different than other transparency laws.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department starts a new fiscal year Wednesday without a final budget in place, just like the rest of the government. But department leaders are working under the assumption that Congress will eventually reject up to $70 billion worth of proposals the department made to find cost savings in its 2015 budget. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Pentagon's chief information officer has a plan to save up to $20 billion in IT spending over the next five years. The CIO's office will try to consolidate databases from every single defense agency to get rid of data duplication. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a similar cost-saving strategy for federal contractors and agencies that have too many data reporting requirements built in their contracts.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Minority Whip, House

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the government shutdown. This year that won't happen until at least Dec. 12, and most people on Capitol Hill (from both parties and both chambers) believe we won't see another shutdown for a long time. But Congress still has a way to go to get a deal done for the rest of fiscal 2015. On In Depth with Francis Rose, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he's not sure what to expect when Congress comes back after the election.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Even with Congress out of town, the clock is ticking to figure out a budget plan by Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out. Katie Maddocks is government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the CR is the biggest source of tension among her members.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:27pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Federal agencies are not using performance data to make better management decisions. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required agencies to do that, and to document how they do it. The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the scores on performance data at your agency.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:13pm EDT
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