In Depth Show Blog – January 27, 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:


Rob Burton
Venable LLP

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Suspension or debarment may be coming to U.S Investigative Services, the largest contractor of background investigation services. The Justice Department filed a civil complaint against the company last week. The club of suspension or debarment is one Congress wants agencies to use more often. But doing that won’t necessarily make for better contracting. Rob Burton is a partner at the Venable law firm and former Deputy Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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More cold weather and snow is headed our way this week. The chatter about last week’s Polar Vortex blast is still resonating across the government. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says Katherine Archuleta has one of the toughest jobs in Washington this time of year.

Zina Merritt
Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Trimming overhead costs could help the Defense Department invest extra money in its most critical programs. Zina Merritt is director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. GAO is looking at how well DoD is meeting the goals of a department-wide initiative to save $100 billion by fiscal 2016.

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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After several years of governing by crisis, Congress is back to work this week with only one major crisis in front of it. And even that one may go away quietly. David Hawkings is senior editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog on

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The White House rewrites a 3-year-old bill to make spending data more transparent and accessible. And some open government advocates are less than happy with the administration’s suggestions to the Senate’s version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act.

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