In Depth Show Blog – Feb. 19, 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:


Kate Kidder
Research Assistant, Military, Veterans and Society Program
Center for a New American Security

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The Army is kicking out more soldiers each year because of misconduct. The rate of expulsions tripled over the past three years. Kate Kidder, a research assistant for the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, was Francis Rose’s guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Bob Suda
President and Consultant
Suda and Associates

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You can win $35,000 for sorting out federal travel data. The General Services Administration is hosting a competition to build technology that reduces your agency’s travel costs. Bob Suda is president and consultant of Suda and Associates and a veteran of the CFO and IT offices at the General Services Administration.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The annual Employee Viewpoint Survey may not show it, but Homeland Security Department leaders believe morale is starting to improve at the agency. Rafael Borras was undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years. He recently left DHS to return to the private sector. In part 2 of their exclusive interview, Borras tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about the progress DHS has made over the last four years to improve employee morale and what has to happen next.

Bob Tobias
Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs
American University

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About a third of federal employees are eligible to retire by 2017. But some might decide not to because they’re too scared to leave the public sector.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department’s forthcoming strategy for using the electromagnetic spectrum will call for new ways of thinking about how to divvy up radio waves between commercial users and the federal government. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, DoD doesn’t think it can afford to keep selling off large chunks of spectrum to the wireless industry.

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