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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Government addresses 37 percent of the 440 areas of overlap the Government Accountability Office identified in the last five years. And new editions of government waste books from Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggest agencies could spend less time on catfish inspections and bomb-sniffing elephants and more time on new technology and shared services. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about four ways to redesign the Executive Branch.

Tags: Tom Shoop , Government Executive , In Depth with Francis Rose , waste fraud abuse , Steve Russell , Wastebook

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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DoD leader raises an eyebrow over proposed acquisition reforms

Pentagon has concerns with Senate legislation requiring more acquisition authority for military service chiefs and House provision dictating new career paths for uniformed acquisition personnel.

Tags: DoD , Congress , National Defense Authorization Act , Goldwater-Nichols Act , Frank Kendall , Northern Virginia Technology Council , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:03am EDT
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From bomb-detecting elephants to catfish inspections, new waste books slam agency spending

Agencies are wasting more than $1 billion on duplicative and unnecessary programs, according to two new reports from members of Congress.

Tags: Tom Coburn , Tom Temin , the federal drive , Steve Russell , wasteful spending , Waste Watch

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 03:44pm EDT
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the annual Defense authorization bill would revamp military retirement, order DoD to reduce its headquarters and sidesteps sequestration by using the Pentagon's overseas contingency accounts.

Tags: DoD , NDAA , retirement , Personnel , acquisition , Tim Kaine , Adam Smith , Senate Armed Services Committee , Congress , workforce , pay and benefits , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:23am EDT
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Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate Armed Services Committee , Ashton Carter , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , acquisition reform , sequestration , Readiness , Ray Odierno , Jonathan Greenert , Joseph Dunford , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he intends to put acquisition reform language into this year's defense authorization bill. McCain said he's not sure yet what form that language will take but is sure of one thing: The uniformed chiefs of the military services need to be put back into the acquisition chain of command. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD ,

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:24pm EST
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Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Tags: Ashton Carter , DoD , Congress , Senate , Nora Bensahel , Senate Armed Services Committee , people , American University , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Tags: acquisition , acquisition reform , workforce , Dan Chenok , IBM Business of Government , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , Mac Thornberry , FEDtalk , Long Term Care Partners , OPM , Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , Air Force , budget , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST
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