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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. But the vote was a lot closer than it usually is. The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies oversees the release of that bill every year. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is chairman of the subcommittee right now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the spending level in the bill isn't a cut for the VA.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), House Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has an email tip line so federal employees can tell him about what they see at their agencies. His subcommittee just held a hearing called, ''The Worst Places to Work in Government." But he says he wants to highlight the good things the Executive Branch is doing too. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he and his staff have focused on since he took leadership of the subcommittee.

Tags: Rep. Mark Meadows , Congress , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

The Defense Department competes about 60 percent of its contracts and task orders. DoD says the main reason it won't compete a contract is because only one company shows up to the bargaining table. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked DoD's contract history to see if it's leaving money on the table.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:26pm EDT
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Today is the first work day of Public Service Recognition Week. The finalists for this year's edition of the Service to America Medals is out. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a sneak peek of this this year's list of finalists for the Service to America medals.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:18pm EDT
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Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

The White House endorses 10 of the 15 recommendations the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made in its report in January. The House Armed Services Committee included several of those recommendations in their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. Dov Zakheim was a member of the Comp commission, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained if it's important that both the White House and the committee are breaking those recommendations up.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:14pm EDT
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Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The federal government is taking two steps forward on ways to strengthen cyber networks for both the public and private sector. The House of Representatives passed two bills to strengthen information sharing in the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget is asking for public input on ways to overhaul the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Chris Smith is vice president of technology for AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked progress on the recent push to improve the cyber systems inside and out of your agency.

Tags: Chris Smith , AT&T Government Solutions , OMB , House , FITARA ,

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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Monday federal headlines - May 4, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT

IGs creating 'fearful paralysis' among agencies, vendors

Kymm McCabe says inspectors general and Congress are so focused on oversight that it's creating fear and hurting communication across the federal market.

Tags: IGs , Kymm McCabe , Oversight , Shefali Kapadia

Monday - 05/04/2015, 01:11pm EDT
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