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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its voice to a growing list of associations and lawmakers with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu what DoD is looking to change.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Newly hired federal employees don't have any sick leave during their first year on the job. Instead they accrue it over time and can start using it their second year. That creates a dilemma for wounded veterans who want to work for a federal agency, but can't miss a doctor's appointment. A newly-introduced piece of legislation aims to eliminate that dilemma. Katie Maddocks, government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why it's a staunch advocate of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One is Nick Nayak, former chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said human resource management is key to procurement success.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:59pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

After four years of talking about it, Congress is closer than ever to passing serious cybersecurity reform legislation. House and Senate lawmakers passed separate bills before adjourning for the August recess. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu about the Senate bill.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:29pm EDT
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Pat Tamburrino, Director of Business Development, LMI

Nearly three-quarters of a million civilian Defense Department employees will enter a new, three-tiered employee appraisal system. The Pentagon included the new system in its six-month Congressional update on personnel systems. The update is a requirement of the 2010 Defense Authorization Act that killed the National Security Personnel System. Pat Tamburrino is director of business development at LMI and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said comparing the new system to NSPS might take a while.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Lt. Gen. David Barno, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

A steady flow of policy documents details how the branches of the military -- and the Defense Department as a whole -- will prepare for the wars of the future. But the changing nature of warfare may have the United States preparing for the wrong war. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. He was the first Commander of Military Operations-Afghanistan. He writes on War On The Rocks, under the title "The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century," that war is morphing. He explained how on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry shouldn't look to the U.S. military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is interested in driving innovation in areas like "soldier power." Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Vendors that sell to the federal government will have to certify they aren't violating 14 different federal labor laws in order to receive future government contracts. President Barack Obama signs an executive order today creating another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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David Dye, Director in Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

Communication skills are on the decline among federal agency leaders. The non-profit Partnership for Public Service says only about half of federal employees think their supervisors are good communicators and motivators. David Dye is a Director in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice. Deloitte helped the Partnership crunch the latest numbers. David explained the results on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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