In Depth Show Blog – Jan. 15, 2014

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:


Gordon Adams
Professor of International Relations
American University

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The $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for the rest of Fiscal Year 2014 should pass both Houses of Congress by the end of the week. For the first time in a long time, we have an appropriated Defense bill. One of the people looking at it is Gordon Adams, professor of International Relations at American University, distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center and former associate director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Congress will vote this week on the budget deal for the rest of Fiscal 2014. The House voted first this afternoon. Mike Causey has a front-line look at how the bill will impact you and your federal colleagues from today’s Your Turn program. His guest was Pat Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association. Mike says she knows what she’s talking about about federal employees for a couple of reasons.

Steve Kelman
Professor of Public Management
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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Many of the complaints and problems you hear about in today’s acquisition system are real. But today may be the “good old days” of government acquisition. Steve Kelman, professor of management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, is the former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy.

Ken Price
Deputy Regional Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections
Office of the Inspector General, HHS

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A change in strategy is due at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and at the contractors they work with. The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services finds both CMS and its contractors could use some changes of strategy in the transition to electronic health records.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon’s top acquisition official says the final spending bill House and Senate negotiators will vote on this week will take some pressure off of some areas of DoD’s budget, at least temporarily. But he says he’s still very worried about cutbacks to research and development spending.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Katherine Archuleta has immersed herself in everything human resources over the last almost three months as the new director of the Office of Personnel Management. Archuleta’s goal is to both understand OPM as an agency and OPM as a service provider to other departments. Archuleta tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how she is lessening the steep learning curve.

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