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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The nominee to lead the Veterans Health Administration tells the Senate Tuesday that he'd "transform" the country's largest health care organization. He wants to use his private sector experience to help guide VA beyond the patient access problems that led to long waiting lists and falsified records in Phoenix and elsewhere around the country. More from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Veterans Health Administration , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:29pm EDT

OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Tags: OMB , Technology , Shared services , Payroll , Tony Scott , Mark Reger , FITARA , AFFIRM , Association of Government Accountants , The Economy Act ,

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.

Tags: In Depth , Shared services , OMB

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT

White House punts on military retirement reforms, House presses for changes

The Obama administration said Thursday that it not yet ready to express its views on key military compensation issues including health care and retirement, even after two years of study. A key House committee says retirement has been studied enough.

Tags: DoD , Congress , pay and benefits , retirement , Mac Thornberry , Adam Smith , Joe Heck ,

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:20am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: DoD , House Armed Services Committee , House , Congress , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces "operational" ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the "strategic" reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: In Depth , Army Reserve , DoD

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:20pm EDT

Military services cite advances in credentialing members for civilian jobs

An early series of pilot programs to translate military skills to private-sector credentials has blossomed into hundreds of projects across the military services, officials said Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , Department of Labor , workforce , Thomas Perez , Congress , Keith Boring , J.R. Breeding , Reed Hudgins ,

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years ago, Congress ordered DoD start exploring the possibility of letting servicemembers earn civilian skill credentials while they're still in uniform. Military officials say they've done much more than study the issue: civilian credentialing programs have seen a dramatic expansion over the last several years, giving servicemembers tens of thousands of new skill certifications that are recognized by private sector employers. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: DoD , Congress , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:31pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's some familiar language lurking in this year's National Defense Authorization Act. Once again the House Armed Services Subcommittee seems poised to explicitly bar DoD from even considering another BRAC round. But Congress' attitude seems to have softened from "never," to "maybe later." Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about it this week's edition of "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook."

Tags: NDAA , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:34am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: House works on NDAA bill; Carter asked to probe alleged retaliation

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, language explicitly barring another BRAC round appeared last week in the House readiness subcommittee's contribution to the annual Defense authorization bill. The full House Armed Services Committee will begin to mark up the bill this week. The legislation would order DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares the force structure it expects to have with the precise categories of infrastructure it will need, indicating that lawmakers might be willing to consider some infrastructure consolidations once the department identifies where the excesses are in more granular detail.

Tags: Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook , DoD , BRAC , NDAA , Oversight

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:22am EDT
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