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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's reached a tipping point in its ongoing effort to eliminate its backlog of disability claims. The department says the backlog is 40 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But VA observers say there are several problems with the way VA is measuring success. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Telework and a strong technology infrastructure could be the best way to find and keep talented employees at your agency. That's according to a Federal News Radio survey of chief human capital officers across the federal government. Jeri Buchholz, NASA's chief human capital officer, joined Federal News Radio's Jason Miller and Francis Rose to discuss the results of the survey and NASA's new culture strategy to tackle those challenges. Read Jason's related article and view the full survey results.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00pm EDT
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Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

"Executive branch Swiss cheese" is what Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee calls leadership vacancies at your agency. He and ranking member, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), are looking for ways to plug up the employment gaps at your agency. Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, testified before the committee at a hearing called Management Matters: Creating a 21st Century Government. He has a list of recommendations for Congress to follow as it plans a way to modernize your agency's workforce.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A bigger pay raise for federal employees is on Congress' agenda. But so are some cuts to some of your most important benefits. Jessica Klement, Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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Gen. John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff, Army

A tight budget is forcing the Army to cut its ranks by at least 70,000 people over the next five years. The Army also has to let go of some weapons programs to keep its spending levels down. Those plans could come at the cost of military readiness.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Larry Allen, Vice President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Changes are coming to the way your agency manages Multiple Award Schedule. Suggestions come from the General Services Administration Inspector General. Larry Allen, vice president of Allen Federal Business Partners and co-author of "The Week Ahead" newsletter, joins In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Cathy Read & Corey Rinder, State Department

The administration's strategic sourcing initiative applies to all agencies, but implementation looks different at every agency. The State Department's acquisition process has a different emphasis and produces different results than other agencies. In Depth with Francis Rose talks to Cathy Read, State's director of acquisitions management. Also, Corey Rinder, procurement executive at State, explains some of the differences and similarities between how State does acquisition and how your agency may do it.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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Linda Kohn, Government Accountability Office

A lack of standards is undermining a push for better electronic health records at the Health and Human Services Department. Linda Kohn, director of Health Care Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose she is investigating how recent changes to the EHR strategy might expose program issues the department can fix later on.

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 06:31pm EDT
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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.Y.)

The Littoral Combat Ship program is in turmoil as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sets up a task force to look at alternatives to the LCS. That task force's recommendations could include a modified LCS system, an alternative system or continuing with the LCS as-is. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, heard from leaders across the Navy and Marine Corps. In our Congressional Spotlight, he explains his concerns about the LCS.

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The cave outside Boyers, Pa., is well known inside gederal government service. That huge Washington Post story last weekend isn't news to anyone inside the federal space. Several attempts to fix the system wound up dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the system at Boyers isn't likely to change any time soon.

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Monday - 03/31/2014, 06:39pm EDT
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