In Depth Show Blog – September 17, 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:


Paul Wester
Chief Records Officer
National Archives and Records Administration

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Federal agencies buried under a flood of emails may have method out of the morass. The National Archives and Records Administration recently issued a simplified approach to email management called “Capstone.” NARA’s Chief Records Officer Paul Wester tells us all about it.

Tom Sharpe
Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner
General Services Administration

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Tom Sharpe is entering his first end of fiscal year as commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. Category Management is one of FAS’ governing principles. He tells Roger Waldron on Off The Shelf what that means.

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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The man behind yesterday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard worked as a Defense subcontractor. In the wake of the attack are questions about the security of government buildings and how — or if 00 employee oversight will change.

Ian Wallace
Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy
Brookings Institution

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An all-out cyber war hasn’t happened yet, but it is possible. Ian Wallace is a Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He just co-hosted an event with other cybersecurity experts at Brookings last week to discuss the possibility of a cyber war. I asked him if we found a true definition of cyber war yet.

Lt. Gen. Albert Edmonds
President and CEO
Edmonds Enterprise Services, Inc.

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Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terri Takai doesn’t have the clout she needs to manage the Pentagon’s technology operation. A group of defense technology experts is going on record to support a Senate effort to reshape the CIO position. One of those experts is retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Albert Edmonds, president and CEO of Edmonds Enterprise Services and former Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Office of Federal Financial Management is taking a page out of the cybersecurity reform book in how it’s changing how agencies oversee spending. OFFM is updating its A-123 guidance to be more like the future vision of cybersecurity…based on risk and data, and done more than every three years. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller provides details on new expectations for how agencies will oversee their money.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Air Force is moving to boost the oversight role of its chief information officer, giving him a bigger say in decisions about IT acquisition, planning and funding. The service says it’ll cut down on duplicative spending and pave the way for more commoditization.

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