In Depth Show Blog – September 24, 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:


Scott Morrow
Senior Associate
Arnold and Porter LLP

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Federal contractors have new hiring goals for employees with disabilities. Final rules from the Labor Department set the hiring bar at seven percent of a company’s workforce. Scott Morrow is an associate at Arnold and Porter.

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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Congress has only six days to reach a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown. It’s a familiar scenario with possibly familiar results.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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You’ll probably pay more for health insurance in 2014. The Office of Personnel Management says premiums will go up next year an average of just under 4 percent. The good news is that’s a lot lower increase than the private sector will see.

Dr. Richard Carlin
Head of the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department
Office of Naval Research

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Private sector mentors are helping small businesses develop new technologies for the Navy. The Navy’s linking them together through its Energy Excelerator program and so far business is good. Dr. Richard Carlin is the head of the Sea Warfare and Weapons Department at the Office of Naval Research. He tells Federal News Radio’s Sean McCalley in the latest edition of Agency of the Month how the Energy Excelerator program started.

Frank McDonough
Chief Human Capital Officer
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

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Five winners are celebrating their selection as this year’s Causey Award winners from Federal News Radio. Those winners demonstrated excellence in human resources. Frank McDonough is chief human capital officer of the Food and Nutrition Service at the Agriculture Department. His selection stems from his success in HR reform.

Kim Weaver
Director, External Affiars
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

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Congress still has six days to pass a continuing resolution to fund your agency for fiscal 2014. But the Thrift Savings Plan doesn’t have that problem. Their budget is ready to go for next fiscal year. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, says participants can thank the TSP board.

Erica McCann
Manager of Procurement Policy
Global Public Sector at TechAmerica

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A more transparent federal procurement process is getting closer to the finish line. But first the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act needs to survive some debate between Congress and the IT community.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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An Army request to spend $175 million to completely restructure the way the service secures its computer networks in the U.S. and in the Middle East is a go. Key congressional committees approve the move. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, it’s an early step on the path to completing DoD’s Joint Information Environment.

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Every Tuesday on Executive Suite we dive into issues affecting top agency leaders around the federal government. Today, we focused on the Postal Service, which is in the middle of a financial crisis, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. That’s straight from his testimony last week before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The committee conducted a hearing called “Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service” to explore options of save the Postal Service from its financial struggles. Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) said Congress cannot save the agency through budget or service cuts.

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