In Depth Show Blog - May 23, 2013

Thursday - 5/23/2013, 2:44pm EDT

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.

Major General James Young
Chief of Staff
United States Army Reserve

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The Pentagon is wrestling with a series of tough challenges budget, strategy and personnel related. The Army Reserve isn't exempt from these challenges either. Major General James Young, Chief of Staff of the United States Army Reserve, told Francis those types of issues keep the Reserve on its toes.

Emile Monette
Senior Action Officer for Cybersecurity Policy
General Services Administration

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Resiliency is the main goal of a new request for information from the General Services Administration. GSA says the RFI will help it improve cybersecurity contracts and procurement requirements. Emile Monette, GSA's Senior Action Officer for Cybersecurity Policy, joined Francis to discuss what GSA is seeking with the RFI.

Reynold Schweickhardt
Director, Technology Policy
House Administration Committee

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Your agency's quest to master information sharing and transparency is a quest you share with Capitol Hill. Reynold Schweickhardt is the director of Technology Policy for the House Administration Committee. It was the host of the 2013 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference this week. He joined Francis to talk about the event.

Joe Come
Assistant Inspector General for Highway and Transit Audits
Department of Transportation

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Money for Recovery Act projects may be going out of the Transportation Department without the right oversight. The Federal Highway Administration is working with about $28 billion granted by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for highway projects. But some of the agency's oversight goals are falling short. Joe Come is Assistant Inspector General for Highway and Transit Audits at the Department of Transportation. He talked with Francis about what his office found when it investigated the issue.

Jacqueline Garrick
Director, Suicide Prevention Office
Department of Defense

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The Defense Department takes military suicides very seriously. DoD is pursuing a lot of different angles to stop suicides altogether. Jacqueline Garrick is the Director of the Suicide Prevention Office at the Department of Defense. She told Francis, DoD feels fortunate because the suicide rate is headed in the right direction.

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From Our Reporters:

  • The Defense Department is still a long way off from picking a successor to its aging electronic health records system. But the Pentagon says whatever it settles on, it's committed to open data standards and proprietary solutions are off limits. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu says while DoD decided to go with a competitive bidding process, it's leaving the door open to adopting a variant of the VistA system the Veterans Affairs Department uses. Read Jared's story or listen to his report.

  • New leaders for federal agencies are taking their seats — some permanently, some temporarily. One of the permanent leaders, potentially, is Acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. Federal News Radio host Tom Temin spoke with Francis about why the nomination isn't a surprise. Listen to the interview.

  • Your agency can now access a long list of tools, guidance and advice for jumping deeper into the mobile world. The Office of Management and Budget marked the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy today by expanding the range of ways agencies can implement smartphones, tablet computers and mobile apps. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller covered the anniversary. Read his article and listen to his report.

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