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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

When it comes to getting better results out of federal programs, the Office of Management and Budget says it's all well and good to measure past performance, but it's time to start pivoting from a focus on short term goals to implementing lasting improvements. To do that, OMB is telling agencies to put their energy into a new regime of "strategic reviews" in response to the 2010 Government Performance And Results Act Modernization Act. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, writes about the direction OMB is pushing agencies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three parts of the implementation process.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation

Over the past few years, there's been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there's also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It's just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The Merit Systems Protection Board knew more than a year ago it was likely to be swamped with federal employees appealing their furloughs when sequestration first kicked in. But it's been a busy 19 months for the agency. It's still dealing with the 32,000 appeals it got from furloughed employees. And as Federal News Radio's Mike Causey discussed with Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose, none of them have been approved so far.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

When President Barack Obama signed the Digital Transparency and Accountability Act last month, outside experts said implementing the latest open government law would be a big lift for agencies. In some new draft documents obtained by Federal News Radio, the Office of Management and Budget seems to be acknowledging as much but also signaling a commitment to get it done. It's one of the topics Executive Editor Jason Miller covers in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
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Sharon Burke, New America Foundation

The Pentagon says it's making a $9 billion investment over the next five years to minimize how much diesel and jet fuel it needs for combat operations. But DoD's consumption is still expected to rise over the next half decade because of new energy hungry technologies like the F-35 and Littoral Combat Ship. Sharon Burke, senior fellow for the International Security Program at New America Foundation, is also former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, she argues DoD's energy appetite isn't just a budget concern. She said on In Depth with Jared Serbu it's increasingly going to challenge the military's ability to perform its missions.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:33pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act, or GPRA. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explains how agencies are taking a different approach.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:51pm EDT
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Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

After a five-year period during which the Air Force had no Senate-confirmed official at the top of its acquisition chain, the service finally has a leader in place. Dr. William LaPlante was confirmed in February as assistant secretary for acquisition. In a speech at the Atlantic Council last week, he outlined his five main priorities. Arnold Punaro introduced LaPlante at that event; he explained the potential for defense acquisition reform on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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Gavin Baker, Center for Effective Government

The year 2012 saw more Freedom of Information Act requests than any time in the law's history. The Administrative Conference of the United States says about 650,000 requests came in and it cost the federal government at least $23 million in litigation costs, and it considers that cost a conservative estimate. Gavin Baker is an open government analyst at the Center for Effective Government. He wrote about the recommendations in the center's blog, The Fine Print, and shared them on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:38pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Employees under the age of 30 make up 7 percent of the federal workforce. Employees under age 30 made up more than 20 percent of the federal workforce in 1975. But your agency shouldn't just bring on young people just for the sake of making young hires. Finding the right talent to fill your agency's mission means taking a more holistic approach to hiring. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He explained why the numbers shouldn't scare off agencies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:43pm EDT
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