In Depth Show Blog – February 10, 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:


Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)
House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee

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The budget request the White House sends to Congress March 4 includes a $496 billion request for the Department of Defense, according to Defense News. But Congress isn’t waiting for the White House to start the fiscal 2015 budget process. Congressman John Carter, Chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, joined Francis to discuss how this year’s budget process will be different than the last few years.

David Wise
Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Your agency’s real estate portfolio is more than just buildings and land. It also includes structures like roads and river dams. David Wise, director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office, joined Francis to explain why those items bring the highest risk factors to your agency’s real property portfolio, according to a new report from the agency.

Phyllis Schneck
Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity
Homeland Security Department

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The Homeland Security Department is trying to raise all boats as the wave of cyber threats and attacks continues to increase. The goal is to strengthen both private and public sector computer networks by bringing everyone up to, at least, the same basic level of security. Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Homeland Security Department, spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller about how DHS is strengthening the cybersecurity chain. The interview was part of Federal News Radio’s Ask the CIO radio program. Francis played an excerpt of the program on his show today.

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David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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The clock is ticking on a solution to the latest debt limit debate, but this confrontation is turning into something more like a scramble. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, joined Francis to discuss the latest.

Jared Serbu
Defense Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it’s making a major “course correction” on a system it’s deemed its highest information technology priority. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports that ICE has decided its previous approach was unworkable after spending six years and $64 million.

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Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Congress is undergoing a climate change, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the weather. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says a political climate change, nationally and especially in the Washington D.C. area, has had a major impact on one of the most popular perks Uncle Sam has to offer — buyouts.

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