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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Bob McDonald, new secretary of Veterans Affairs, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports McDonald is promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages constructive dissent. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:47pm EDT
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Advancing Procurement at the Pace of Technological Change

Some federal IT leaders cite the Federal Acquisition Regulations as the biggest obstacle to getting innovative technology deployed at their agencies. That concept was just one covered at the "Advancing Procurement at the Pace of Technological Change: Why Government Will (or Won't) Fix Procurement" panel at NextGov Prime 2014 Monday. Federal News Radio's Francis Rose moderated the discussion with Frank McNally, content developer at ASI Government; Joe Jordan, president of public sector at FedBid and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Kaitlin Devine, innovation specialist at the General Services Administration; and Shawn Kingsberry, chief information officer at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. To start the panel off, Joe Jordan tells Francis whether that perception of FAR as obstacle is fair.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 05:13pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The pressure to get a deal done to prevent another government shutdown is already on Congress as it comes back from summer recess today. It looks like they won't waste any time getting down to business. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On his blog "Hawkings Here" and on In Depth with Francis Rose, David said he's watching the continuing resolution negotiations and the richest members of Congress.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Hanscom Air Force Base

The Office of Management and Budget has a new reading list on innovative contracting. Tom Kalil of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lesley Field of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy write about the release of the first version of Innovative Contracting Case Studies. One of them is a book called FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation. Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is author of the book. He shared some of the details on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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Dick Stieglitz, Former Director, McDonnell Douglas Corporation

For the next two weeks, the news media spotlight will focus on Congress and its plan to avoid another government shutdown at the end of September. But the bad publicity spotlight is always ready to zero in on bad news from your agency. Dick Stieglitz is former director of defense consulting for McDonnell Douglas. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a list of bad signs to watch out for that could potentially throw your agency into the bad publicity spotlight.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:54pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Every single fund in the Thrift Savings Plan is up at least 1.5 percent since this time last year. But the strength of the TSP might not matter at all if you're thinking about phased retirement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, helps federal employees navigate the new world of phased retirement options. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options. Register for Federal News Radio's Phased Retirement Chat.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 04:32pm EDT
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Keith Trippie, Former Director of Enterprise System Development , DHS

Bob Brese steps down Friday as the chief information officer of the Energy Department. He leaves right before the agency starts a technology consolidation program he helped plan for the last two years. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of the Trippie Group and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Homeland Security Department, has predictions for how the roles of future CIOs will change over the next few years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the job can change so quickly. Read Keith's related column.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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Federal News Countdown: No shutdown drama, Program management

Jim Williams, left, partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, and Ron Marks, president of Intelligence Enterprises, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 05:13pm EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," was how Charles Dickens started off the novel Tale of Two Cities. But that introduction could also start a novel about your agency. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he drew some similarities between the federal government and the Dickensian world.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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Greg Rayburn, Security Analyst, Fluke Networks

Drones may wind up the future weapon of choice in cyber attacks. Some cybersecurity analysts discover a cheap unmanned drone can be very effective at breaching wireless networks. Greg Rayburn is a security analyst for Fluke Networks. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are many different scenarios where a drone can pose a major cyber threat to your agency.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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