In Depth Show Blog - August 28, 2013

Wednesday - 8/28/2013, 6:49pm 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:

Jeff Neal
Senior Vice President
ICF International

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Holding employees accountable is the point of the performance evaluations you do. But it isn't always the outcome. Doing it differently may give you the outcome you really want. Jeff Neal is senior vice president at ICF International and former chief human capital officer for the Department of Homeland Security.

Brian Turmail
Executive Director of Public Affairs
Associated General Contractors of America

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New rules for hiring disabled and veteran employees at federal contracting companies are already unpopular. The Labor Department wants contractors to hire more people with disabilities and veterans, but the Associated General Contractors of America says the new rules will cost contractors billions of dollars to prove they're doing what they're already supposed to. Brian Turmail is executive director of public affairs at the Associated General Contractors of America.

Maren Leed
Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies and Ground Forces Dialogue
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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A 20 percent cut is coming at Pentagon headquarters. Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead the effort Secretary Chuck Hagel announced last month. Maren Leed is the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies and Ground Forces Dialogue at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a former senior adviser to the chief of staff of the Army.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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With Defense dollars falling, the Army Reserve is embarking on a new project that its leaders believe will let its units get more overseas training without more money. For starters, the initiative will partner with other federal agencies and private companies to conduct projects in Africa and South America. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tagged along with a reserve unit for a trip on the Potomac River to kick off the new initiative.


Also on the Show:

Today, like every Wednesday, we hosted Pentagon Solutions, where we took a deep dive into policies and issues both inside and out of the building. Today we listened to highlights from two different sides of the country. We heard from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking to marines in Hawaii about sequestration and readiness. We also tuned into the Center for Strategic and International Studies here in Washington with Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast from the Air Force. He talked about plans and strategies for the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review.


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