In Depth Show Blog – January 31, 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:

Jon Desenberg, policy director at the Performance Institute, and Dan Mintz, principal at ESEM Consulting, count down the top three federal stories of the week with Francis Rose on Federal News Countdown.


Dov Zakheim
Senior Advisor
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Bob Hale is leaving the Defense Department. The White House announced yesterday it nominates Mike McCord, Hale’s deputy, to become the next Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Hale says he’ll stay on the job until McCord is confirmed. Dov Zakheim, Comptroller from 2001 to 2004, is a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of “A Vulcan’s Tale: How the Bush Administration Mismanaged the Reconstruction of Afghanistan.” He shares what he thinks people will remember Hale for.

Tom Shoop
Editor in Chief
Government Executive

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This week’s State of the Union address could be the start of a new leadership style in Washington. President Obama says he’s going to use his authority outside of Congress to offset the partisan gridlock.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Department of Homeland Security may have a promising way ahead to break down data stovepipes. The agency has been searching for several years for a cost-effective way to tie together a vast array of IT systems so that mission users have access to vital information stored in DHS’ various components. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports the answers may come from two recent pilots.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Two federal agencies are moving to help employees decide to retire. The Social Security Administration is doing a series of early outs. The Environmental Protection Agency is doing some early outs too. We’re working on finding out the details on that one too. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the timing is right for letting some jobs go unfilled.

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