In Depth Show Blog – October 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:


Dr. Nicole Lurie
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Health and Human Services Department

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As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Department of Health and Human Services will get input on improving recovery after natural disasters. A grant program will let eight organizations study recovery of various aspects of Sandy’s aftermath. Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, says the recovery piece is where HHS wants to learn more.

Tom Shoop
Editor in Chief
Government Executive

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Lead contractors on the project tell Congress the parts of the project they’re responsible for are working the way they should. And the first hearing about the roll out of yesterday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee turned political really quickly. Tom Shoop, editor in chief of Government Executive Magazine, says this story isn’t a story about politics.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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As the Army builds up a force to operate in its newest warfighting domain – cyber – it’s wrestling through a lot of tough questions. How big should the cyber force be? What’s the right mix of soldiers, civilians and contractors? And how does DoD need to change its legacy personnel systems to bring the best possible talent on board? Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on the Army’s hunt for those answers.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Our top story on Federal News Radio this afternoon, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wants to let any American into the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the consequences for you and your Federal colleagues could be greater – and more expensive – than you think.

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From left, Ron Sanders, vice president at Booz Allen, and Alan Paller, founder of the SANS Institute, counted down the week’s top federal stories with Francis Rose. (Photo by Michael O’Connell/Federal News Radio)

On Federal News Countdown two experts in the world of the federal government choose and rank the three news stories from the current week that they think are most important to people who work for the federal government. This discussion gives federal employees and contractors a chance to hear what their peers are thinking about, talking about and dealing with. Ron Sanders, vice president at Booz Allen, and Alan Paller, founder of the SANS Institute, count down the week’s top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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