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Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises to avoid another government shutdown. Lawmakers have until mid-December to turn that promise into reality. Or not. It's a good idea to be prepared. The Government Accountability Office reviewed how agencies handled last year's lapse in appropriations. Yvonne Jones, the agency's director of Strategic Issues, explained the findings on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Yvonne Jones , GAO , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Mitch McConnell , Senate , Congress , government shutdown , continuing resolution ,

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:51am EST
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Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Everyone with a stake in the federal budget is looking toward Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out, and Congress will have to decide what to do next. Beyond that, federal agencies are looking at two long years of a Republican Congress and Democratic White House. Will it be the immoveable rock facing the irresistible force? Or can good things still happen? Don Kettl, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and long-time watcher of all things federal, offered some insight on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Don Kettl , continuing resolution , University of Maryland , School of Public Policy , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Congress , House , Senate

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:48am EST
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DoD's 'vertical integration,' effort to further pare administrative costs

Two early pilot programs have shown the Pentagon that it can reduce overhead spending by carefully studying its excess costs rather than cutting each office's budget by an arbitrary figure. Once expanded across DoD's support agencies, the savings could run into the billions.

Tags: DoD , deputy chief management officer , chief information officer , Terry Halvorsen , Robert Work , Defense One , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:54am EST

Never mind sequestration, Pentagon to seek budget boost in 2016

The Defense Department already had telegraphed that it would request more money than sequestration allows for in 2016. But the military's top officer said Wednesday that new missions involving Ebola, the Islamic State and Russia likely will push DoD's funding request even higher.

Tags: DoD , OMB , sequestration , Martin Dempsey , Ray Odierno , Defense One , Mike McCord , management , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 05:01am EST
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GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Tags: GAO , sequestration , Energy , DoT , NIH , HHS , grant management , contracting , Mark Warner , Jory Heckman , OMB

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

Navy secretary racks up 930K miles in world travel

The Navy secretary has spent more than a full year of his five-year tenure on overseas travel, racking up more than 930,000 miles on trips that cost taxpayers more than $4.7 million.

Tags: Navy , Ray Mabus , travel , John McHugh , DoD , Bryan Clark , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, Harris Corporation

Budget pressures on the Defense Department have driven down spending on research and development. That gives the military less say in developments that might give battlefield superiority. But industry can help with a class of products known as non-developmental items. Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, now with Harris Corporation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tags: Dennis Moran , DoD , Harris Corporation , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Research and development

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:42am EST
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DoD's Work implores Congress to ‘stop the madness,' warns of further cuts to readiness

The military has made some progress in reversing the training and maintenance shortfalls it underwent when sequestration first took hold in 2013. But Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said those gains will quickly reverse themselves if Congress lets the budget caps return next year.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Readiness , Research and development , Center for Strategic & International Studies , Robert Work , Jonathan Greenert , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 03:36am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon officials say the military services have made some progress in restoring readiness since the initial onset of sequestration caused a "readiness crisis." But they say gains made will go out the window if the budget is cut once again next year. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: budget readiness , sequestration , Readiness , Jared Serbu , In Depth , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:23pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Speculation about how Republicans will run Capitol Hill in the next Congress is fairly consuming Washington these days. But the lame-duck Congress returning to Washington today has got to tackle big challenges of its own. So what is on Congress' to-do list? Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Congress , pay and benefits , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:59am EST
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