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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Shrinking force size and changing force structure are two reasons the Defense Department continues to push for another round of base realignment and closure. The Army will likely shrink the most of any of the services, and they are already returning 21 locations to their home countries in Europe. But most members of Congress still oppose another BRAC round in the States. Katherine Hammack is Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Pentagon is making some progress.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Border Patrol agents might start choosing their own work hours. A bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would also create different rules on overtime pay for agents at Customs and Border Protection. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said if CBP can keep its personnel costs low enough, it can also keep the border fully staffed at all times.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:12pm EDT
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Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is on pace to issue about $1 billion in improper payments this year. SSA's Inspector General says that's actually a good rate considering the agency expects to award more than $860 billion in benefit claims this year. Federal News Radio's special report, "Rainmakers and Money Savers," takes inspiration from programs and people working to keep the Treasury coffers where the need to be. SSA OIG helps save money in more ways than just identifying improper payments. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reports. Read Sean's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:18pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army has a new acquisition strategy to guide the way it will buy and modernize its ground based robotics systems in the future. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, it relies heavily on open architectures, open standards and open source software.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department will identify a set of pilot programs in the next month to put more sensitive data into a cloud the military doesn't run. It's one of several initiatives the Pentagon's chief information officer plans to change the way the military uses and manages its network. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose where DoD is heading.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Ciera Crawford, Producer, Federal News Radio

Dirty money helps the Justice Department bring billions of dollars to the federal treasury. To find out how we turn to the next part of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," a look at the people whose job it is to return millions or save millions for the federal government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Ciera Crawford says DOJ finds dirty money in all sorts of places, and it all winds up clean in the end.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:22pm EDT
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Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, is back from a round of visits to Army bases to see how they're dealing with climate change. She says readiness is dependent upon how they prepare for a future of limited energy resources. She explained what she saw on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:06pm EDT
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Jeffrey Rogers, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Ret.)

The Defense Department has mine detectors and satellites to watch for threats around the world. Now troops have an injury detector that can scan for brain trauma nobody can see. Jeffrey Rogers is program manager of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category for inventing a traumatic brain injury sensor. He explained how it works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:09pm EDT
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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Congress is in recess, which means your pay and benefits won't change -- at least for the next month. But budget conversations in September (when Congress comes back) may mean you should keep your ears open again. Congressman Chris Van Hollen is ranking member of the House Budget Committee and Democratic representative of the 8th district of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the most important issue you should watch is money (of course!).

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:48pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Patent and Trademark Office's model telework program is in trouble after a negative report on employee abuses. PTO's challenges may demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful.v

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:55pm EDT
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