In Depth Show Blog - November 12, 2013

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 5:48pm EST

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:

Nani Coloretti
Assistant Secretary for Management
Treasury Department

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Squeezing top performance out of every budget dollar will be one of your agency's goals in 2014. Federal News Radio asked performance improvement officers across government to answer questions about what they think the past looked like and the future will look like.

James Hasik
Defense Analyst & Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council

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The overhaul of the Defense Department's acquisition system is almost here. The new version has been in the works for months. The DoD's reformed program emphasizes a tailored approach to acquisition contracts.

Roger Waldron
President
Coalition for Government Procurement

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A new strategy for using governmentwide blanket purchase agreements is coming from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. But the result may be more headaches, not fewer.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department is pushing the idea of open architectures -- systems that can be rapidly upgraded in increments over time, hopefully for less money. But for now, the military services has lots of systems that are anything but open. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more on the military's efforts to bring open architecture to closed systems.


Also on the Show:

Sequestration will be worse in 2014 than it was in 2013. Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that sequestration is dealing serious blows to the readiness of his soldiers.

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