In Depth Show Blog - June 18, 2013

Tuesday - 6/18/2013, 8:04pm 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.

Today's guests:

David Walker and Steve Goodrich
Government Transformation Initiative

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David Walker, chairman of the Government Transformation Initiative and former U.S. comptroller general, and Steve Goodrich, CEO of the Center for Organization Excellence, join In Depth for the 3 p.m. hour to discuss the proposal that Congress create a Government Transformation Commission tasked with identifying government efficiencies and cost savings. Walker testified Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his proposal.

Proposed commission would give teeth to cost-saving ideas but some lawmakers skeptical (related story)

Dan Gordon
Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law
George Washington University Law School

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A new leader at the top of the Office of Governmentwide Policy at the General Services Administration has some industry insiders worried about lines of communication. Anne Rung, the agency's Chief Acquisition Officer, will take over for Kathleen Turco. Keeping those communications lines open was a big priority for Dan Gordon, the former administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. He's now associate dean for government procurement law at the George Washington University Law School, and he joins In Depth to discuss the steps agencies and vendors should take to keep the lines of communication open.

GSA to review all internal contracting practices after latest IG report (related story)

Tom Shoop
Editor-in-Chief
Government Executive

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The federal government isn't very popular right now, but the idea of bonuses for senior government officials seems to be really unpopular right now. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive, defended the practice of keeping Senior Executive Service bonuses in a column at GovExec and received a lot of feedback.

Obama Breaks Ranks With Senior Executives

Richard Stiennon
Chief Research Analyst
IT Harvest

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The Pentagon is working on the rules and definitions around cyber war. But the concepts behind those rules and definitions aren't new. Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst at IT Harvest, wrote a book called "Surviving Cyber War" in 2010. He joins In Depth to discuss what's different about cyber war now.

Relmond Van Daniker
Executive Director
Association of Government Accountants

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Your agency puts out lots of data. The administration is trying to make that more accessible and usable for citizens, but it will take more work than just hanging the information on a website and waiting for people to discover it. Relmond Van Daniker, executive director of the Association of Government Accountants, joins In Depth to discuss some of the resources available to agencies.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Dan Tangherlini would be the eighth administrator of the General Services Administration in the last eight years if the Senate confirms him. Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said during his confirmation hearing he would bring stability to the agency that has been sorely missing. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joins In Depth to discuss what else came up in Tangherlini's confirmation hearings.

Jared Serbu
Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Fixing one claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs may be holding up the fix for another backlog. The agency is taking several steps to dig out of a large backlog of disability claims, including mandatory overtime for its employees and a new strategy to tackle the oldest claims first. But VA's congressional overseers say it looks like more attention to new claims is forcing another critical part of the department's workload to take a backseat. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.


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