In Depth Show Blog – Aug. 7, 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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This week on Pentagon Solutions, Francis Rose listens to highlights from an event called “Dissecting the Pentagon’s Strategic Choices and Management Review” at the Brookings Institution from Tuesday.

Click on image to view a gallery of the Customs and Border Protection’s P-3 aircraft.

Lothar Eckardt
Executive Editor, P-3 Orion Aircraft Program
Customs and Border Protection

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For the eighth time, Customs and Border Protection is celebrating a new lease on life. CBP’s P-3 aircraft are important parts of the agency’s work along the southern border of the United States to stop drugs coming into the country. The eighth P-3 to go through its upgrade program is back in the air. Lothar Eckhardt, executive director of the P-3 Orion Aircraft program at Customs and Border Protection, discusses the role of the P-3 program at CBP, and how they’re managing the upgrade program.

Marie Davie
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Integrated Technology Services, GSA

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Finding the right IT contract should only take three simple steps, according to the General Services Administration. GSA’s new IT Solutions Navigator is a quick guide to help your agency buy IT products and services.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Your retirement security may not only be up to you, at least at first. The Office of Personnel Management says they’re treading water on processing retirement claims. That means you may not get a full payment for a while after you leave government. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has a checklist of things you should do before you retire in his column today.

Bob Woods
Founder and President
Topside Consulting Group

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The authority of a chief information officer might be undermining the success of your agency’s IT programs. The problem boils down to the role of IT at your agency.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Veterans Affairs Department has done little over the last two months to satisfy House lawmakers concerns about the security of the data of more than 20 million veterans. The department also is under pressure for more details about the extent of repeated compromises of VA’s network by nation states. The rising tensions between the House Veterans Affairs committee’s majority and VA come as a report surfaces showing veterans are at a higher risk of identity theft than the average citizen. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller is here with exclusive details of the report and the committee’s growing frustration.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center says it analyzes and responds to operational cyber threats on a day-to-day basis. At the same time, it’s working to build concrete plans that public and private sector responders can act on in the event of a major attack.

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