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House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , acquisition reform , House , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Mac Thornberry , DHS ,

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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Federal building security at risk due to lax training, oversight

A new report from the Government Accountability Office fueled a House subcommittee hearing that revealed security concerns regarding the training and certification of contract guards employed by the Federal Protective Service.

Tags: DoD , DHS , House , Aaron Alexis , Navy Yard shooting , GAO , Jeff Duncan , FPS , Eric Patterson , Mark Goldstein , Greg Marshall , security , House Homeland Security Committee

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 02:33pm EDT
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Senate bill calls for random background checks for clearance holders

Five senators introduce bipartisan bill aimed at enhancing how the Office of Personnel Management handles the clearances of federal employees and contractors to access classified information. If enacted, the legislation would require OPM conduct random, automated reviews twice every five years of public records and databases for information about individuals with security clearances.

Tags: Senate , Susan Collins , OPM , Claire McCaskill , Kelly Ayotte , Heidi Heitkamp , security clearance , background checks , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins ,

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 04:55pm EDT

DoD's top officers lack skills needed to lead tomorrow's military, report says

Twelve years of warfighting has left the military's generals and admirals without the necessary training and experience to deal with their new roles as enterprise managers.

Tags: DoD , management , training , workforce , David Barno , Center for a New American Security , Federal Drive ,

Monday - 10/28/2013, 02:00pm EDT
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GSA needs more transparency over high-valued leases, report says

A new Government Accountability Office report says greater transparency in the way the General Services Administration handles its high-value leases would lead to better decision making and generate more cost savings.

Tags: GSA , GAO , property , management , transparency ,

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:19pm EDT

Snowden case threw 'hand grenade' into government secrecy, openness expert says

Despite progress by some agencies in processing FOIA requests, Patrice McDermott of OpenTheGovernment.org says its difficult to measure how open the government really is.

Tags: Patrice McDermott , OpenTheGovernment.org , transparency , openness and transparency , Edward Snowden , NSA , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 04:47pm EDT
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Army faces era of 'dynamic uncertainty' due to CR, sequestration

Army officials say the service is facing uncertainty times after weathering a series of continuing resolutions, sequestration and a partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, a new round of automatic budget cuts may be on the horizon if Congress doesn't pass a new budget come January.

Tags: Army , budget , sequestration , continuing resolution , DoD , AUSA conference , Ray Odierno , Raymond Chandler , Federal Drive , government shutdown

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 04:33pm EDT

Shutdown got you down? Here's what you had to say

We asked you how you felt about the shutdown of the federal government and you let us know through social media, email and story comments. Keep sharing your comments -- and photos -- with Federal News Radio.

Tags: government shutdown , workforce , people , social media ,

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 01:50pm EDT
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Alexander: Morale of cyber workforce takes hit from shutdown

Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, said the greatest impact of the ongoing government shutdown on cybersecurity is on the morale of the cyber workforce.

Tags: Keith Alexander , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Central Security Service , GDIT Cyber Reports , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Workforce , workforce , government shutdown , National Cybersecurity Awareness Month ,

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 06:34am EDT

Federal courts about to run out of cash, ABA president says

Federal courts are using money from filing fees and long-term appropriations to stay open during the shutdown, but that money is about to run out. Jim Silkenat, American Bar Association president, says Congress needs to pass a budget that addresses the costs of the shutdown and sequestration.

Tags: Jim Silkenat , American Bar Association , Judiciary , Federal Courts , Federal Drive , sequestration , furloughs , government shutdown

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 01:28pm EDT
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