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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is in the middle of a long push to overhaul its personnel practices. Navy officials think those practices are too rigid, and that they're based on concepts of talent management that are really outdated. Officials want new data analytics capabilities to help determine what's good and bad about the current system, and they're asking industry for help. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: In Depth , Navy , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:43pm EDT
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Navy seeks data analytics to help overhaul personnel practices

The Department of the Navy plans to use one of the three projects in its Innovation Cell to create data analytics for talent management. The goal of the cell is to rapidly acquire commercial IT by involving industry early in the requirements process.

Tags: DoD , Navy , technology , acquisition , Innovation Cell , workforce , talent management , Bill Moran , Victor Gavin , Laura Knight , industry ,

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Even if Congress finally finds a way around sequestration, the drawdown plan the Army has already laid out would take it down to a size of 450,000 soliders within the next five years. Officials said they won't be able to shed 40,000 personnel just through attrition. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is expected to involuntarily separate at least 14,000 more soldiers, and thousands more if the budget caps stay in effect.

Tags: Army , DoD , budget , sequestration , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

December 2013 was a major milestone on DoD's path to audit-ready financial statements. The Marine Corps became the first military service in history to get a clean opinion on a major part of its general fund. But new information has come to light since then, and on Monday, the DoD inspector general rescinded its favorable audit opinion - saying it's no longer reliable. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and is focused intently on DoD audit readiness over the last several years. He spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the latest developments and what they mean for DoD's broader audit goals.

Tags: rep. mike conway (r-texas) , DoD audit , DoD IG , In Depth , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
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IG revokes decision on DoD's first clean audit

The Defense Department's inspector general has reversed its findings on the Marine Corps' 2012 schedule of budgetary activity, saying the clean opinion it first issued is no longer to be relied upon. The 2012 SBA had been the first successful financial audit for any of the military departments.

Tags: DoD , audit readiness , inspector general , oversight , Marine Corps , Schedule Budgetary Activity , Mike Conaway , House Armed Services Committee

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 10:18am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the defense reform legislation he'll introduce this week will include a focus on DoD's acquisition workforce and strengthening the place of program managers in the chain of command. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) says Congress shouldn't try to fix the DoD procurement system all in one year, but it's time to get started. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: DoD , Mac Thornberry , acquisition , In Depth , Federal Drive

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:02pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The idea of letting federal employees do government business on their personal mobile devices makes a lot of agencies nervous. The Defense Department, for years, has been one of the most nervous agencies of all. But that rigid rejection of BYOD might be loosening up just a bit. The Pentagon's planning its own test of BYOD a few months from now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about that test as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: DoD , In Depth , Federal Drive

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:17pm EDT
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Thornberry's first bite at DoD reform seeks to boost acquisition workforce, cut its paperwork

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the acquisition proposals he will release on Wednesday are merely a discussion draft and he's actively seeking more input. Initial language would boost program managers' roles in the system and shave reporting requirements.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Mac Thornberry , acquisition , acquisition reform , Center for Strategic & International Studies , House Armed Services Committee ,

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:52am EDT
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On DoD: Navy launches ‘Innovation Cell' to speed IT acquisition

Navy officials plan an industry day to formally launch a new framework for IT procurement, designed to work within the existing acquisition system to much more rapidly insert commercial technologies into Navy networks.

Tags: DoD , On DoD , Navy , technology , acquisition , PEO-EIS , Paul Ghyzel , Dan DelGrosso , Jeff Frailey ,

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 03:24am EDT
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Retired generals, defense insiders named to panel on Army's future

At the end of last year, Congress ordered up a new commission to study the Army's future. We now know who will serve on that eight-member study panel.

Tags: DoD , Army , Larry Ellis , Kathleen Hicks , Tom Lamont , Jack Stultz , Bob Hale , James Thurman , Ray Chandler , Carter Ham , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:12am EDT
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