In Depth Show Blog – Aug. 14, 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:


Pentagon Solutions
Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

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On this week’s Pentagon Solutions, Beth McGrath, deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, breaks down the newly released Strategic Management Plan. She discusses where the plan fits in DoD’s larger outlook for 2014 and beyond.

Kevin Joyce
Associate Attorney and Senior Consultant
Centre Law Group, Centre Consulting Inc.

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Some agencies claim progress with meeting their small business contracting goals. But some experts, like Kevin Joyce, an associate attorney and senior consultant with Centre Law Group, say the numbers don’t add up.

Max Stier
President and CEO
Partnership for Public Service

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Gaping holes in the top ranks of the Homeland Security Department means the number three person is about to be officially in charge. The problem isn’t unique to DHS; leadership vacancies are plaguing agencies across the government. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, explains what the vacancies mean for agencies’ agendas.

Robert Ciulla
Chief of Mobile Health Program
Defense Department, National Center for Telehealth and Technology

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Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder have a new set of resources to help themselves and get aid from the government. Doctor Robert Ciulla, chief of the Mobile Health Program at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, helped developed a website called Moving Forward. It helps people learn the skills they need to lead healthy and happy lives.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review is turning to new technology to deal with a growing notario problem. Notarios are people who represent immigrants before the court system but either aren’t lawyers or aren’t qualified to appeal the immigrant’s case. Juan Osuna, director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, tells Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller why the new E-Registry system will make it harder for notarios to commit fraud.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Information Systems Agency says it’s committed to making its acquisition processes a lot more agile, even if that might mean accepting more risk. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the agency plans to spend the next year focusing on accelerating the way it delivers IT capabilities.

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