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Army: Sequestration to cause 'domino effect' on base maintenance

After two years of operating under sequestration level funding, the Army now faces a $3 billion maintenance backlog and 5,500 work orders, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

Tags: DoD , Army , sequestration , Katherine Hammack , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:58am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has a similar problem to the Defense Department: too many underutilized facilities in its inventory and a lot of dilapidated structures it can't afford to tear down. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, VA is asking Congress for its own version of a BRAC.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:45pm EST

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration wants to change how vendors list their prices on GSA schedule contracts. So it's proposing a few changes to the Price Reduction Clause. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered industry input on the potential changes.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Price Reduction Clause , GSA , acquisition

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:38pm EST

John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Your agency shouldn't be reinventing the wheel to follow the Government Performance and Results Act. The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to use performance review measures already in place to find the results-based answers it needs. John Kamensky is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government and former assistant director at the Government Accountability Office. He offered advice on how to tweak what your agency already does to meet the GPRA law.

Tags: John Kamensky , IBM Center for the Business of Government , Government Performance and Results Act , OMB ,

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:30pm EST

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force announces a nine-step plan to make itself more diverse. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh detail the plan in a memo. Emily Kopp has details on the memo and the rollout with Secretary James at an event Wednesday at the Center for a New American Security. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the diversity goals aren't limited to one group or another.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Deborah Lee James , Air Force , DoD ,

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:22pm EST

Ann-Marie Bryant, CEO, Beacon Associates

A growing trend among federal employees is a sense they can't escape their work. The National Academy of Public Administration says changes in mobile technology mean employees feel they have to be available at all hours of the day. The NAPA study finds that can have both a positive and negative impact on the overall culture of an agency. Ann-Marie Bryant is CEO of Beacon Associates. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down a variety of human capital challenges facing federal agencies.

Tags: Ann-Marie Bryant , Beacon Associates , NAPA ,

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:11pm EST

Thursday federal headlines - March 5, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Federal offices in the Washington D.C. area are closed today, the Air Force starts nine initiatives to get more women and minorities in the service and the Smithsonian has said no to selfie sticks.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 08:49am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon's strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:50pm EST

Phill Knoll, Fleet Manager, USPS

The classic white Postal Service trucks are changing. The agency's trying to replace them with Next Generation Delivery Vehicles over the next three years. Phil Knoll is fleet manager of the U.S. Postal Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described what the new fleet will look like.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:42pm EST

Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

The Homeland Security Department's budget is fully funded for the rest of fiscal 2015. Congress will have a chance now to look at other issues that may impact the federal workforce. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a priority list FEW's taking to the Hill.

Tags: Janet Kopenhaver , Federally Employed Women , workforce ,

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:19pm EST
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