In Depth interviews – March 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:


Brian Moran

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Brian Moran, the CEO of GovernmentCIO to discuss budget challenges that agency CIOs are facing.

Beth McGrath
Deputy Chief Management Officer
Defense Department

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The path to integrating electronic health records at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs is taking a turn. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller calls it a U-Turn, and says the agencies are moving the goal posts after spending billions of dollars. But Beth McGrath, deputy chief management officer at DoD, says it’s a less dramatic shift than that.

House committee worried DoD, VA ‘moving the goal posts’ on e-health records (related story)

David Barno
Senior Adviser and Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security

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Budget problems are driving fears of talent losses at the Defense Department. But a loss of uniformed talent at DoD may not be exclusively a budget problem. Retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, a senior adviser and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, was the commander of the Combined Forces Command Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005. He wrote about the brain drain in a recent post on

He’s writing about what he sees…in Foreign Policy magazine.

Military Brain Drain: The Pentagon’s top brass is driving away all the smart people (related link)

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

Chris Mihm
Managing Director of Strategic Issues
Government Accountability Office

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More agency collaboration on programs means more opportunities for collaboration on performance management. But the review process is falling behind, according to the Government Accountability Office. Chris Mihm, managing director of strategic issues at GAO, joins In Depth with more on data-driven performance reviews.

Data-Driven Performance Reviews Show Promise But Agencies Should Explore How to Involve Other Relevant Agencies (related link)

Also on the show:

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In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

BitDefender traces MiniDuke espionage malware back to June 2011 (ComputerWorld)

Carrier Strike Group 2 Holds Change of Command (