In Depth Show Blog – September 25, 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:


Lynn Simpson
Senior Advisor
National Defense University

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Sometimes a terrific job just lands in your lap without any warning. Lynn Simpson is senior advisor and OSD executive at the National Defense University. She’s also a winner for this year’s Causey Awards, named after Federal News Radio senior correspondent Mike Causey. She explains her work for the National Defense University that helped win the award.

Terri Freeman
Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

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The charitable minds behind the multi-million dollar Survivors Fund after 9-11 are starting a new fund to help victims of the Navy Yard Shooting. The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is also starting a fund to combat gun violence and provide mental health services.

Richard Ginman
Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy
Defense Department

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A cost culture is a change at the Defense Department. Pentagon leaders say that cost culture will result in better procurements and better prices for the agency. Richard Ginman, director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, says some pointed questions will help Pentagon decision makers adapt to a cost culture.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Treasury Department is finalizing a new set of requirements for agencies to provide financial management shared services. It’s part of a broader effort to push agencies to federally-outsource financial management services over the next several years. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller discusses the details on the next steps to change how financial management services are delivered.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology says it’s the “end of the beginning” for drafting the nation’s first cybersecurity framework for protecting critical infrastructure. The agency says the document is just about finished, and should be ready for release by its due date in a few weeks.

Also on the Show:

On Pentagon Solutions, an hour-long look into challenges facing the Defense Department both inside and out of the building, we listened to highlights from a House Armed Services Committee hearing called “Planning for Sequestration in Fiscal Year 2014 and Perspectives of the Military Services on the Strategic Choices and Management Review.”

The lineup includes Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert; Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh.

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