In Depth Show Blog - December 17, 2013

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 6:00pm 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 Interviews:

Janet Kopenhaver
Washington Representative
Federally Employed Women

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The Senate will vote tomorrow on the budget deal the House of Representatives has already passed. That deal will set overall government spending for the rest of this fiscal year, and all of fiscal 2015. Kopenhaver says members of her group, Federally Employed Women, and many other feds were expecting a lot worse.

Frank Kendall
Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Department of Defense

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New guidance is out that incorporates the latest Better Buying Power principles at the Defense Department. Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall says building those principles into policy was the reason he updated Instruction 5000.02.

Mark Schwartz
Chief Information Officer
Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Citizenship and Immigration Services is trying to reduce the time it takes to go from concept to implementation for software. Traditionally, the government takes years to develop requirements, go through the acquisition process and eventually implement a new system or application. Mark Schwartz is the chief information officer at USCIS. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how his agency is cutting the time it takes to design and put mission-critical software into action.

Larry Allen
President
Allen Federal Business Partners

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If the Senate passes the Congressional budget deal, federal contractors will have to relearn an important part of their business, working with stability. Larry Allen authors the Week Ahead newsletter.

Jared Serbu
Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The government's lead agency for providing security services at federal office buildings, the Federal Protective Service, is still struggling to provide training to its huge force of contract security guards, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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