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Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, OMB

Beth Cobert, the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management, spoke at a Professional Services Council luncheon this afternoon. Among her top priorities is rolling out the President's second-term management agenda. Cobert says the new plan targets the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs. She shares a preview of her long to-do list with In Depth with Francis Rose

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:11pm EDT

John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

PerformanceStat meetings are supposed to be a constructive opportunity for your employees to collaborate on your agency's priorities. But more often than not, they're probably just boring. John Kamensky, senior fellow and associate partner at the IBM Center for the Business of Government, writes about the "Secret Sauce of Effective Progress Reviews." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose cartoon characters may hold the secret to making your agency's progress reviews more valuable.

Tags: John Kamensky , IBM Center for the Business of Government , management

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:06pm EDT

Beryl Davis, Government Accountability Office

Forty-one agencies don't have designated inspectors general of their own, according to Senate Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She's sponsoring a bill that focuses on these small agencies that don't have the budget or resources for their own IG. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified recently before the subcommittee. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a recent GAO report on oversight at smal federal agencies.

Tags: Beryl Davis , GAO , Claire McCaskill , Senate , oversight , inspector general

Monday - 04/14/2014, 06:25pm EDT

Guy Timberlake, American Small Business Coalition

Defense Department contracting officials are under orders now to double check prices on the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule. DoD says the GSA Schedule doesn't always have the best price possible. Guy Timberlake, chief visionary and chief executive officer at the American Small Business Coalition, writes about it in this week's Gov-Con newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose "one size fits all" may not apply to your agency's contracting policy.

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Monday - 04/14/2014, 06:12pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

NASA's administrator told Congress this week that his agency has already taken significant steps to fix major problems with its oversight of foreign nationals who work with the U.S. space program. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes follow an outside report that found serious security lapses.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:36pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Governmentwide expertise gets a big boost at the Federal Acquisition Service this week. Commissioner Tom Sharpe rolls out five tools the General Services Administration will offer through the Common Acquisition Platform. Federal News Radio Executive Editor takes a look at CAP Inside the Reporter's Notebook this week and he explains what category management will do.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:40pm EDT

Tim McManus, Vice President for Education, Partnership for Public Service

You already have the tools to hire new millennials at your agency, but the process itself needs some tweaking. Some agencies have special exceptions to make some new hires. Giving every agency the same flexibility could make a big difference. Tim McManus, vice president for education at the Partnership for Public Service, told In Depth with Francis Rose he has a few suggestions from a new report: Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:32pm EDT

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive Magazine

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is already on track to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he'll vote to confirm her and we've seen no reports of anyone who will oppose her nomination. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, offers his take on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Tom Shoop , HHS , Sylvia Burwell , Government Executive

Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:26pm EDT

Federal News Countdown: Lerner held in contempt, DoD triples cybersecurity staff

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute and Jenny Mattingley of Shaw Bransford & Roth counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford and Roth

How much control can agencies exert over employees' behavior when they are on work trips? And in social-work situations, what are the hard-and-fast rules that employees should follow? Two recent incidents make us ask. The Secret Service recently recalled three agents from an overseas trip after they were caught drunk. On the other hand, the Veterans Affairs Department has rehired an employee who admitted to drinking and driving on a business trip. A passenger fell out of his van and died. In this week's, Legal Loop, federal employment attorney Debra Roth discusses these thorny issues with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 12:01pm EDT
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