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Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

The Republican Party now controls both chambers of Congress. That means some guaranteed new leaders for the Senate's defense committees, but the House of Representatives will see some new leaders of its own defense committees, too. Todd Harrison is Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what expect from the new leadership.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11pm EST

Wednesday federal headlines - November 5, 2014

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, newly elected officials could have a big impact on workforce issues, including pay and benefits, the President will nominate David Berteau as assistant secretary of defense, a homeless assistance program is flawed, an IRS employee is cleared of any wrongdoing following a security breach and more.

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Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 07:50am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A breakthrough may be coming for open architecture at the Defense Department. For the last several years, DoD acquisition leaders have pushed open systems architectures. But even the Pentagon's biggest proponents say they've been much better at talking the talk than walking the walk. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:30pm EST

Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Pentagon expects to have 40,000 iPhones and Android smartphones on its military networks within the next year. Right now the Defense Information Systems Agency has only deployed about 4,000, so the Pentagon will have to average about 3,000 new devices every month to meet that goal. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin and former regional chief information officer for the Veterans Affairs Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered predictions for how the deployment will unfold.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:28pm EST

Rachel Burstein, Academic Director, Books@Work

The space and resources the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personal Management offers are in high demand. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta says agencies have to book its services months in advance. Other agencies are following the example and opening their own innovation centers, like the User Experience Lab at the National Cancer Institute. Rachel Burstein is academic director for the company Books@Work, and co-author of a guide to making innovation labs work. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she explained why innovation labs are gaining popularity.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:23pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration hires another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. GSA struggled the first time around with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment, or IAE. In his latest look Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about GSA's latest attempt with IAE.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:20pm EST

Bob Behn, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Office of Management and Budget says "stat" sessions -- Portofolio Stat, Tech Stat, etc. -- have saved the government millions of dollars. Agencies are developing their own approaches to the Stat model. Bob Behn is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He publishes the Performance Leadership Report, and his latest book is The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bob said one big problem with implementing Stat sessions is convincing people they won't be bashing sessions.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:10pm EST

Tuesday federal headlines - November 4, 2014

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, law enforcement officials say it's hard to track people leaving the U.S. to join the Islamic State, the Air Force has fired two commanders and disciplined a third in the nuclear missile command and funds in the Thrift Savings Plan make a turnaround in October.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 07:49am EST

Ellen West Lazar, Independent Consultant

A new infusion of talent will provide your agency -- and every agency -- with extra brainpower. Ellen West Lazar is former senior advisor to the chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and now an independent consultant. She is newly elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what areas of expertise she's passionate about that she'll be able to contribute to NAPA's work.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:35pm EST

Anne-Marie Fennell, Natural Resources Director, GAO

The total price for professional services contracts at the Agriculture Department is about $2 billion over the last four years. The Office of Management and Budget says those types of contracts can be very risky for you to use. Anne-Marie Fennell is Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said with risk factors in mind, USDA needs to strengthen its oversight of professional services contracts.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:22pm EST
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