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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , BRAC , DoD , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Wednesday federal headlines - March 4, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a military officer accidently let the cat out of the bag, former CIA director David Petraeus has admitted he shared military secrets with his mistress and Postal Service employees would have more appeal rights under a new bill in the Senate.

Tags: newscasts , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:12am EST

Denise Turner Roth, Acting Administrator, GSA

As it has many times over the past decade, the General Services Administration has an acting administrator. This time, unlike several previous situations, the transition was without drama and scandal. Denise Turner Roth joined the GSA a year ago as deputy administrator. Now that Dan Tangherlini has departed for the private sector, Turner Roth has been just named acting administrator. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on her plans for her time at the agency's helm.

Tags: Denise Turner Roth , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , Dan Tangherlini

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 11:41am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is once again trying to change one of the acquisition rules that industry despises the most the Price Reduction Clause. A proposed rule released today would modernize the way vendors list their prices on the schedule contracts run by GSA. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this proposed rule and several other acquisition priorities.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , Acquisition

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:38am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Precise as it might be, sometimes contract language doesn't quite cover a particular situation. While it would probably make a contractor's life easier to just stick to the contract language, that's not always an option. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the ninth commandment: Be prepared to reciprocate. It's not just the words on the page that matter; it's the relationship between a contractor and the government customer.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Contracting

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:34am EST
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David Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Taking 10 years to settle a whistleblower complaint could get a company in trouble with the Justice Department. But what if it's a Justice Department agency that takes so long? The Justice Department needs to improve how it handles whistleblower retaliation complaints from the FBI. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: David Maurer , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , FBI , Justice Department , whistleblower

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:23am EST
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New coalition helps agencies 'pick up the pace' on shared services

Shared services providers could potentially save the federal government $50 billion per year, according to John Marshall, founder and CEO of a newly-created coalition. The Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC), launched Tuesday, will help the government quickly consolidate several agency-specific platforms into a few government-wide ones.

Tags: John Marshall , shared services , Financial management , Shefali Kapadia , Federal Drive , Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:38am EST
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Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

Tags: Paul Bean , TSA , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Acquisition , emily kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - March 3, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, with the option of unscheduled leave or telework, it's looking more likely that Congress will pass a clean funding bill this week for DHS and Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek reelection next year.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:01am EST

Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

Tags: Paul Gregory , Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy , Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
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