In Depth Show Blog – August 29, 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:


Tom Temin
Federal Drive host
Federal News Radio

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Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead a team to look for cuts in the Defense Department’s overhead in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. But skeptics don’t think he’ll get very far, or make changes that will stick. My colleague Tom Temin from the Federal Drive isn’t surprised.

Sen. Tom Carper
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

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The administration has heavyweight allies in the fight against improper payments. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the chairman and ranking member respectively of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, want to give your agency more access to the Social Security Administration’s Master Death File and they want that file to include better, cleaner information. Carper says this is just the latest collaboration with Coburn on improper payments.

Lt. Gen. David Barno
Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security

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Changes in the military because of sequestration and other budget pressures may mean the forces have different priorities than they do today. Insiders say the Marine Corps wants a more robust Army to free the Marines up to focus again on operations at sea. The concept of “strategic landpower” is surfacing as each of the branches and the Defense Department as a whole to determine what their forces will look like five and 10 years from now. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David W. Barno is senior adviser and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

John Teeter
Managing Director
Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG

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The government’s use and management and protection of health information data will draw more attention in the coming months. But the things you think will worry agencies most may not be the things that really worry them the most. John Teeter is managing director of the Global Center of Excellence for Health at KPMG and former deputy chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving ahead with a major expansion of a program designed to be a one-stop-shop for student veterans putting full-time VA staff on college campuses across the country.

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On Industry Chatter, Peter Baumann, CEO and co-founder of Active Navigation, is a business builder who cut his teeth in the electronic publishing industry at Bureau van Dijk and then Standard & Poor’s Global Markets. He has 25+ years international experience in high growth finance and technology industries.

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