10:15 am, November 24, 2014

VA's new scheduling system and confiscating mobile phones

In this edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Department of Veterans Affairs releases a RFP to build a new patient scheduling system. Also in this edition...

Petition for four-day Christmas weekend fails

With about 92,500 signatures, a petition to give federal employees a four-day weekend around Christmas came up just short of getting a response from the White House.

A funny thing happened on the way to digital government

The difficulty with digital government is that it's easy to get distracted and lose sight of the goal, says Thom Rubel. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Breaking News
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DoD Secretary Chuck Hagel to resign

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said. Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama Monday morning and the president accepted it. An official tells the Associated Press both Hagel and Obama "determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon," adding they had been discussing the matter over a period of weeks. Hagel will remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

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Radio Interviews

Anne Richards


A two year clean streak continues at the Homeland Security Department.


John Wagner

Customs and Border Protection

Customs officers can move passengers through inspection more quickly, thanks to passport control kiosks.


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

A new chairman will soon take the helm at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.


Larry Allen

Allen Federal Business Partners

The latest episode of consolidation at GSA might be a rerun.


Bryan Clark


A new look at an old problem for the Navy.


Nick Guertin

Department of the Navy

A strategic life preserver for the Navy's acquisition shop.


Rosie Rios

Treasurer of the United States

Two small agencies are making big gains when it comes to veteran hiring.


Dan Gordon

George Washington University

Mixed messages coming from GAO on bid protests.


Tim Sullivan

Thompson Coburn

Why subcontractors should always read the fine print.


Bob Martinage

Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

The Pentagon looks to Cold War-era strategies to boost military innovation.


Joe Petrillo

Petrillo & Powell

An Energy IG investigation found a violation of at least one important statute.


Tom Nichols

Naval War College

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered top-to-bottom changes for the nation's nuclear missile force.


Dale Meyerrose

The MeyerRose Group

You're running out of time to protect your agency from the Internet of Things.



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