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In Depth interviews – December 4

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:

Kim WeaverDirector of External Affairs, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Read the latest news about the incoming administration on our Tracking the Transition page.

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The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has decided to stick with BlackRock Institutional Trust Company to manage the F Fund, which invests in government-backed bonds.


BlackRock also currently manages the other funds in the Thrift Savings Plan.

Kim Weaver, the board’s director of external affairs, joins In Depth to discuss the news.

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

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It’s no secret that bipartisanship has been lacking in Congress for a while. But every now and then it does make an appearance, according to Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive.

He joins In Depth to discuss recent examples of bipartisanship.

Link to GovExec’s Fedblog

Frank OliveriRoll Call Reporter

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The Senate is poised to vote on the massive National Defense Authorization Act as early as this evening. For nearly the past week, lawmakers have been debating and voting on amendments to the bill.

Frank Oliveri, a reporter with Roll Call, has been following the congressional process and joins In Depth to discuss the bill’s prospects for passage.

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Kevin PlexicoVice President of Federal Information Solutions, Deltek

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The new fiscal year is already here, and federal market trends have started taking shape. Kevin Plexico, vice president of Federal Information Solutions at Deltek, joins In Depth to preview the group’s FedFocus event this Thursday.

Plexico discusses top federal opportunities for fiscal 2013, what the funding environment looks like and how the civilian workforce should prepare.

Jed RoyalDirector of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

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Partnering with academia and the international community to build a more secure world is easier said than done. But the Defense Department is getting a head start.

Jed Royal, director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, joins In Depth to recap a recent National Defense University event on the future of the program.

Panetta Awards Nunn, Lugar Highest Civilian Defense Honors (related link)

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

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