In Depth Show Blog – Aug. 6, 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.

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On Executive Suite, we listened to the July 25 hearing before the House Oversight and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations. It’s called “Data Centers and the Cloud: The Federal Government’s Take on Optimizing New Information Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers’ Money.” The subcommittee will look at ways to streamline new technologies to cut IT costs.


The witnesses were David McClure, the associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration; he U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel from the Office of Management and Budget; and David Powner, director of Information Technology and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office.

View a video of the hearing here.

Dr. James Green
Director of Planetary Sciences

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Curiosity touched down on Mars one year ago. The mission has been a great success for NASA, but the fun is just starting. Dr. James Green is director of planetary sciences at NASA Headquarters. He tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson how NASA is celebrating this special anniversary.

Related Story: NASA’s Curiosity rover completes first year on Mars

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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Rumors are going around of a perfectly-run government office in New York. Some people call the State Department’s New York passport office the “most efficient office in the world.”

Col. Craig La Fave
Commander, 403rd Wing, Air Force Reserve Command
Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

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It takes a certain kind of nerve to be a hurricane hunter. The 403rd Wing of the Air Force Reserve is responsible for hurricane reconnaissance. But even experienced hurricane hunters can’t navigate the threat of sequestration.

Danette Campbell
Senior Advisor for Telework
Patent and Trademark Office

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Full-time telework is making its debut at the Patent and Trademark Office. Some PTO managers are teleworking full-time while they monitor other teleworking employees and employees working onsite in agency offices, too.

Chris Nagel
Fluet, Huber and Hoang

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“Knowing your customer” can keep a federal contractor out of an expensive protest battle or at least help a contractor protest the right way.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Federal Chief Information Officer’s Council is reorganizing to address the government’s technology trends and priorities. The goal is to make it easier to give agency CIOs tools and guidance to meet the administration’s initiatives. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller is here with details on the council’s new set up and how it matches agency priorities.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon is in the early stages of putting together the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. The general heading up the effort for the Air Force says it provides his service an opportunity to ask hard questions, and begin to reinvent outdated thinking.

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