In Depth Show Blog – April 18

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.

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Industry Chatter
Thursdays at 3 p.m.

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Jon Dittmer, vice president and general manager of the defense sector for Array Information Technology, joins Industry Chatter to discuss the contracting landscape faced by small-business contractors.

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John Kamensky
Senior Fellow and Associate Partner
IBM Center for the Business of Government

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Your agency may have a five-year strategic plan. It may even have a 10-year plan. One agency even has a 200-year strategic plan. But a time frame that makes sense for one agency doesn’t always make sense for another. John Kamensky, senior fellow and associate partner at the IBM Center for The Business of Government, joins In Depth to discuss agencies’ long-term strategic plans.

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Jeff Brindle
Audit Director for Financial Management and IT
Small Business Administration’s Office of the Inspector General

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Technology is driving changes in telework all across government. But a typical problem plagues one agency — policy lags behind technology gains. The Small Business Administration’s Telework Standard Operations Procedural manual is over a decade old. Jeff Brindle, audit director for Financial Management and Information Technology at the Small Business Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, discusses the IG’s review of FISMA compliance.

Katherine Hammack
Assistant Secretary of the Army
Installations, Energy and Environment

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The Department of Defense is on the road to a leaner force. The 2014 budget request also includes programs that would shrink the force. With fewer people, the Army wants to get rid of locations, too. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, joins In Depth to discuss why the Army is asking Congress for another BRAC round.

Greg Rothwell
Everymay Consulting Group

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was on Capitol Hill today, making the case for her agency’s 2014 budget request. But Congress has already laid out its budget priorities for the agency. Greg Rothwell, president of Evermay Consulting Group and the first chief procurement officer at DHS, joins In Depth to discuss the homeland security budget.

Kelly Waldhoff
Program Analyst, Office of the Inspector General
Health and Human Services Department

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A little extra money can be great motivation to get what you want. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates it will pay out more than $6.5 billion to motivate hospitals to adopt electronic health record systems. Kelly Waldhoff, program analyst at the Health and Human Services department Office of Inspector General, joins In Depth with a look at the EHR incentive programs.

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