In Depth Show Blog – December 2, 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:


Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Justice Department’s demonstration of identity management and access control is creating a thirst among other agencies. Other federal, state and local agencies are thinking about how they could use the concepts behind the back-end attribute exchange. Mike Kennedy, executive for assured interoperability for the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment, told Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller in part two of their conversation about why expanding the back-end attribute exchange would be easy.

Jason Miller also spoke to Francis Rose about these stories:

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Your chance to save money in 2014 on your health insurance premiums is running out. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that you need to remember four very important things when you shop for health insurance during Open Season. But Mike says it’s really important to remember the deadline to decide is coming right up.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Marine Corps’ Agile Bloodhound program is supposed to be the pipeline to push information from collection by drones to the warfighter in the battlefield. Over the past decade, the amount of battlefield intelligence data the military collects via unmanned aerial systems and other platforms has exploded. But the military hasn’t developed all of the processes it needs to turn that data into real-time, actionable information for small units of warfighters on the ground. John Moniz manages the program at the Office of Naval Research. He told Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about some emerging IT capabilities that offer the promise of delivering vital real-time data that Marines have never had on the battlefield before.

Bill Woods
Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Contract bundling and consolidation are important tools for the Defense Department and General Services Administration to cut paperwork and save money. They claim to use that method all the time, but it turns out they aren’t using it as much as they say.

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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The deadline Congress set for itself to make a budget deal for the rest of the fiscal year is next Friday. That deal may include items like changes to your pension contributions and health insurance premiums. But some external factors may play into how Congress makes a final deal.

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