This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss. This show was shortened due to Washington Nationals baseball.
Earlier this week, In Depth spoke with the Department of Defense Education Activity Principal Deputy Director Adrian Talley. He explained a new partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers to boost science and engineering education in DoD schools. Kim Day, chief of DODEA’s science branch, describes how DODEA will make that integration with help from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Some agencies are taking advantage of new technologies and the cloud to deal with Freedom of Information Act requests more easily and quickly. FOIA in the cloud is a growing trend among agencies that need to ease the paper and cost burdens. Edith Pemberton is the manager of Information Management and Customer Relations at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Robert Vance is a FOIA officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department. They tell Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller how the cloud is changing their FOIA processes for the better.
The masterminds of the largest bid-rigging scheme in federal contracting history are behind bars now. According to the FBI, a network of corrupt public officials and federal contractors in the Washington, D.C. area bled off more than $30 million in taxpayer funding over five years, and they had a billion dollar contract in sight, too. But authorities say they stopped the scheme before that vehicle could be awarded. The man the FBI calls the ringleader, Army Corps of Engineers Program Manager Kerry Khan, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison this summer. Rob Burton, former deputy administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, is now a partner at the Venable law firm. He describes the case and what, if anything, we can learn from it.