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Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:15pm EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

One of a federal agency's acquistion strategies might disappear. A rewrite of the Federal Acquisition Regulation sets new requirements for blanket purchase agreements. The goal is to promote competition for new contracts. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rewrite will have some unintended consequences for federal agencies.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:19pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega-schedule. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how GSA is rethinking professional services contracting. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:40pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is taking a strategic sourcing approach to the way it spends money on conferences. The service awards 17 blanket purchase agreements for conference planning, and in the near future, those BPAs might become the only authorized way to spend money on official meetings for the Navy and Marine Corps. Jamey Halke, Navy Department strategic sourcing program manager, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu. He explains the Navy's response to governmentwide pressure to reduce spending on conferences. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT
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Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:39am EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Huge holes in past performance history make decision making at agencies more difficult. For example, the General Services Administration is missing 87 percent of its contractor performance history. But GSA does have about four times more information on its contractors than it did a year ago. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies are adapting to a mandate to improve their records on contract performance.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Aneesh Chopra, Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

The debut of the US Digital Service in the Office of Management and Budget is supposed to push innovation and best practices across Federal agencies. But the announcement about the Digital Service makes some contractors nervous, similar to the rollout of 18F at the General Services Administration. Aneesh Chopra is co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, and former federal chief technology officer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said vendors selling in the government market shouldn't worry about their bottom lines.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
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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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