In Depth Show Blog – December 13, 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:

Al Burman, president of Jefferson Consulting and Rob Burton, a partner at Venable, joined Francis Rose to count down the top federal stories of the week on <a href="" target="_blank">Federal News Countdown</a>. (Photo by Michael O’Connell/Federal News Radio)


Frank Kendall
Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Department of Defense

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New guidance is out that incorporates the latest Better Buying Power principles at the Defense Department. Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall says building those principles into policy was the reason he updated Instruction 5000.02.

Tammy Flanagan
Senior Benefits Director
National Institute for Transition Planning

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Ten thousand baby boomers turn 65 today, and 10,000 more reach that age every day for the next 16 years, according to Pew Research Center. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, is looking at the three legs of your retirement stool and how one leg in particular might need some strengthening.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Air Force says the budget agreement the House voted on this week should help solve some of the service’s short-term military readiness problems. But even with a moderate reprieve from sequestration, the service is warning Congress that it’s going to have to make some politically unpopular cutbacks.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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More than protesting the Homeland Security Department’s awards under the EAGLE 2 IT services contract. DHS didn’t choose many of the large vendors with household names to be part of its $22 billion contract.

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