In Depth Show Blog – January 30, 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:

Budget pressures at agencies lead them to look for innovations in places they didn’t think innovation was possible before. One of those areas is training. Intelligent Decisions Vice President Rhett Butler was Francis Rose’s guest on Industry Chatter today to talk about how training and preparation is changing for war fighters.


Tom Temin
Federal Drive

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Legislation in the Senate would let the Postal Service create its own health insurance system that could cause major changes to the FEHBP, and changes to the military retiree pension payment system may get repealed. Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin says those won’t be the only compensation stories you should pay attention to.

Rep David Price
Ranking Member, House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee

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Negotiators in the House and Senate won’t wait for President Obama’s budget request the beginning of March to start on Fiscal 2015. Appropriators are already setting priorities for those negotiations. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, already got his priority list ready.

Tim McManus
Vice President for Education and Outreach
Partnership for Public Service

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Your agency has an image problem that’s making it hard to attract new employees. Millennials don’t want to work for the government because they don’t think your agency is innovative.

Related Report: The Millennial Survey 2014: Big demands and high expectations

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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A group of senators has introduced legislation designed to make it easier for military members and overseas civilians to vote. The legislation includes mandates for new online systems and new requirements for state and local elections officials.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Homeland Security Department will take the first step to move from theory to practice under President Obama’s cyber executive order. In two weeks, DHS’ National Protections and Programs directorate will launch a voluntary program for companies to improve the security of their computers and networks. Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Homeland Security Department, gives executive editor Jason Miller an exclusive look into the new voluntary cyber program.

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