In Depth Show Blog – December 3, 2013

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.

Today’s guests:

Rod Turk
Director of Office of Cyber Security and CISO
Commerce Department


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The Joint Federal Cyber Summit convenes tomorrow at the Commerce Department. Representatives from the Departments of Transportation, State and Agriculture will speak along with leaders from the Rand Corporation and Microsoft.

Virginia Hill
National President
Young Government Leaders

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As congressional leaders work toward a budget compromise, tighter budgets continue to pressure agencies to try new things. Bureaucracies are not always receptive to change, so persistence pays off when you are trying to implement change.

Steve Koprince
Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird

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Help for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses is available from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. But the same help is also available from the Small Business Administration, and it’s causing confusion for the veterans they’re trying to help.

Larry Allen
Allen Federal Business Partners

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The contracting scandal affecting the Navy is an example of relationships gone awry in the federal space. What you say in those relationships can sometimes be different from what you mean in the eyes of federal agencies, lawyers and law enforcement.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Congress takes on possible reforms to the contracting process for federal building construction as it comes back from recess today. Today members heard from industry advocates who say agencies are chasing away perfectly qualified contractors, wasting money and stifling competition. Details from Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The problems the roll out of shine a bright light on reform efforts of the past that failed. Now a vocal group of former and current federal officials is calling for the return of the Raines Rules. Paul Brubaker is director of planning and performance management for the Defense Department’s deputy chief management officer. Mark Forman is CEO of Government Transaction Services and former White House e-gov administrator. Both played key roles in writing the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, the legislation that governs federal IT management. Brubaker and Forman tell Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller why the government needs a return to the Raines Rules now more than ever.

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