In Depth Show Blog – November 6, 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. Joining Francis Rose in the studio today as a co-host was Karen Evans, former administrator at Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget.

Today’s guests:


Adm. John Harvey (Ret.)
Former Commander, Fleet Forces Command
Department of the Navy

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Much of the debate about the Pentagon’s budget situation revolves around readiness. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are expected to use the word and the concept many times when they testify to the Senate Armed Services Committee tomorrow. Readiness was today’s topic on Pentagon Solutions today. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., we look at the critical issues the Defense Department is facing and look for potential solutions to those challenges from voices both inside and outside the building. Retired Adm. John Harvey, former commander of the Fleet Forces Command, joined Francis Rose.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Open season is right around the corner and you have a chance to look at your federal health benefits and see if you can save some money. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you and your colleagues in government have an established track record for open season.

Steve Kelman
Professor of Public Management
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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The problems with are in the spotlight again today after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went before the Senate Finance Committee to answer questions. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday. Steve Kelman is writing about the management problems behind He’s professor of public management at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy.

Karen Evans

Former E-gov Administrator

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The controversy is focusing attention on the management side of IT development in government. President Barack Obama talked about it yesterday, but the changes he proposes have been proposed before and never went anywhere. Karen Evans, former administrator at Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology talked to Francis Rose about how to make changes stick or if that’s even possible.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Several longtime veterans of the DoD budget process on Capitol Hill say the source of DoD’s current budget turmoil isn’t just political infighting, it’s a general disengagement among members of Congress from the traditional process of passing budgets and legislation.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approves its version of the DATA Act. The approval sets in motion a short path toward new requirements for agencies to standardize and make data more accessible. But some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be implemented successfully. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller shares the details on the bill and the growing concerns.

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