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  • Tim McManus: More agencies adopting Pathways program

    New data from the Office of Personnel Management shows that 93 percent of the people hired through the Pathways program intend to stay in government, and the programs are responsible for 35,000 new hires since 2012. Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the new report. He says they show agencies are beginning to use the Pathways programs as they were originally intended.

  • Alan Chvotkin: Industry concerned over new contracting rule

    Strategic sourcing is the government’s strategy for trying to buy commodities as a single entity. Industry, and especially small business and services contractors, have been wary of the initiative. Now the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council has issued a new rule for contracting officers and that’s also got industry concerned. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what’s going on.

  • David Hawkings: Congress returns to full plate of budget, sequestration talks

    As Labor Day approaches, children head back to school and Congress will return soon, too. Already, battles are shaping up over spending caps, sequestration and what to do now versus in a lame duck session. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a preview of a fall classic

  • JV Venable: Deeper look at the 5th generation F-35

    When trying to sell cars, Packard Motor used to say, ask the man who owns one. When it comes to the F-35 fifth generation fighter, the Air Force might want to say, ask the man or woman who flies one. That’s what the Heritage Foundation did in creating comprehensive assessment of the new platform. JV Venable, senior research fellow for defense policy at Heritage, talks to Federal Drive with Tom Temin about his findings.

  • Dr. Jason Matheny: IARPA pursues intelligence superiority

    The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is looking for high-payoff research in a variety of data-related fields, all aimed at producing what IARPA calls overwhelming intelligence superiority. Dr. Jason Matheny, the IARPA director, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.

  • Andrew Von Ah: Air Force cuts headquarters staff without enough data

    The Air Force has been busily trimming its headquarters staff, but the Government Accountability Office says it’s been doing so without enough information. Andrew Von Ah, GAO’s acting director for Defense Capabilities and Management, talked with Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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