In Depth Show Blog – May 1

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:


Ric Davis
Chief Technology Officer
Government Printing Office

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Paper consumption is enemy number one at the Government Printing Office. The GPO is neutralizing its foe with its Federal Digital System — or FDsys, which recently hit the 500 million retrieval mark since being launched in January 2009. Ric Davis, GPO’s chief technology officer, joins In Depth to discuss the milestone.

Stephen Goldsmith
Director of the Innovations in American Government Program
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

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Innovation is getting more attention than ever at agencies across government. And your agency can learn lessons in innovation from organizations at all levels of government. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government has released its Top 25 Innovations in Government today. Stephen Goldsmith, director of the “Innovations in American Government” Program at the Kennedy School and former mayor of Indianapolis, joins In Depth to discuss innovative federal agencies.

Army Maj. Gen. Ken Dowd
Director of Logistics Operations
Defense Logistics Agency

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Success in delivering the goods the military needs in high-pressure environments translates to peacetime and stateside operations. Army Maj. Gen. Ken Dowd, director of Logistics Operations at the Defense Logistics Agency served in Bosnia and Iraq, among other posts. He joins In Depth to discuss lessons learned from the Iraq drawdown.

Brig. Gen. Christopher Coates
Deputy Commander
Continental U.S. NORAD Region

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The famous football coach Vince Lombardi said “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” That’s a core concept for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Brig. Gen. Christopher Coates, the deputy commander of the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, to discuss the monthly Falcon Virgo exercise.

Catherine Woteki
Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics/Chief Scientist
Agriculture Department

Sharing government data is one of the Obama administration’s most important initiatives. And that doesn’t mean just with American citizens. The Agriculture Department is reviewing what it learned from sharing information with countries around the world. Catherine Woteki is undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics, and USDA’s Chief Scientist. She was the agency’s alternate head of delegation to an international conference on agriculture open data this week.

From Our Reporters:

  • Executive Editor Jason Miller on how the Green Building Advisory Committee is measuring the government’s green-energy goals … (Click here to read his report)
  • DoD Reporter Jared Serbu on what Navy and Marine Corps leaders are telling Congress about sequestration and military readiness … (Click here to read his report)

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