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  • House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says civil service reform is coming. The committee heard proposals for possible changes to federal employees' pay and benefits Thursday.

    May 18, 2017
  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will examine a recent Congressional Budget Office report Thursday morning, which says government spends 17 percent more compensating its employees compared to the private sector.

    May 17, 2017
  • Federal employees with a high school diploma or less earn 53 percent more in total compensation than their counterparts in the private sector, while federal workers with a bachelor's degree earn 21 percent more, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. In contrast, federal employees with a professional degree or doctorate earn 18 percent less than their counterparts in the private sector.

    April 26, 2017
  • Gary Schmitt, director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about how a big information leak at the CIA is still possible in the post-Edward Snowden era.

    April 03, 2017
  • A new report singles out DoD's workforce, TRICARE and service contracts as areas of future change.

    April 19, 2016
  • Secretary John McHugh said an impending budget showdown coupled with a reduction in forces could have a serious impact on the Army's readiness.

    September 15, 2015
  • Recent congressional patent reform focused in part on trolls, individuals or companies who purchase patents and then try to intimidate other businesses into legal settlements over alleged infringement. Patent expert Richard Bennett is a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He says these reform efforts are fine as far as they went. But he says on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin that the reforms didn't go to the root of the issue.

    September 03, 2015
  • The United States is battling the Islamic State on two fields. The physical one where the Air Force is dropping bombs, and the Internet, where the battle is for minds. The Islamic State is using the mainstream sites Twitter and YouTube to recruit jihadists and build support for its cause. The U.S. and its allies, meanwhile, seem to lag behind. What's the U.S. doing to combat the Islamic State's online presence? And what should it be doing? James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some advice on how the U.S. can better respond.

    August 26, 2015
  • The Association of Defense Communities recently surveyed its membership, asking whether they’d prefer another BRAC round to the current hand-wringing about when or if the military will realign its stateside infrastructure. 91 percent said they’d prefer another BRAC, while 8.6 percent prefer the status quo.

    July 06, 2015
  • The House of Representatives released its fiscal 2016 budget proposal. It would parse back the strict spending limits on the Defense Department while keeping in place a range of cuts for domestic programs. Gary Schmitt is co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the House Budget Committee's plan.

    March 17, 2015
  • After at least two leading candidates took their names out of contention for Defense Secretary, the President turned to Ashton Carter, a former deputy secretary. Carter first worked as a civilian analyst in the 1970s, and holds degrees in physics and medieval history. He held policy positions in both the Clinton and Obama adminsitrations. What can the military expect from a Secretary Carter? Former Senator Jim Talent, now a senior fellow and director of the National Security 2020 Project at the American Enterprise Institute, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

    December 03, 2014
  • President Barack Obama is going to name a replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The White House expects to formally nominate former Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to lead the Pentagon later this week. Bill Greenwalt is a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared insight on the challenges Carter will have to address if Congress confirms him.

    December 02, 2014
  • The Defense Department and Congress are trying too hard to reinvent the wheel in their debates on acquisition reform. That's according to Bill Greenwalt -- he's former deputy under secretary of defense for industrial policy -- and now a fellow of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He says the Pentagon should look back to the 1950s as a model for defense acquisition reform.

    September 17, 2014
  • The Obama Administration wants to avoid a repeat of the technical glitches it experienced with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. One way is through a White House effort called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service will consist of a small team of experts that will serve as consultants to agencies on IT projects. Ariel Rabkin is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why many IT projects fail in the first place.

    September 14, 2014

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