In Depth Show Blog - Jan. 7, 2013

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 4:45pm 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:

Lara Shane & Dan Helfrich

Federal employees are less happy overall with their jobs this year. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte collaborate again on the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings. Lara Shane, vice president of communications at the Partnership for Public Service, and Dan Helfrich, principal at Deloitte, joined Francis Rose to talk about the following topics:

Best Places to Work

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Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Federal contractors brought fewer complaints to the Government Accountability Office in 2013. That's the first time the number has dropped year-on-year since 2006. Ralph White is the managing associate general counsel for procurement law at GAO. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about the trends and surprises in GAO's annual report to Congress on federal bid protests.

Jessica Klement
Legislative Director
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

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The long-dreaded chained CPI could become real this year. Federal News Radio senior correspondent Mike Causey calls it the "Godzilla monster" of retirement.

Related Story: OPM seeks changes to feds' benefits, insurance opportunities

Roger Waldron
President
Coalition for Government Procurement

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Some things are missing in the strategic plan of the General Services Administration. There's only one mention of the multiple award schedule program and it doesn't pay much attention to contractors or suppliers.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Army says the budget agreement will go some way toward easing the pain of sequestration. But even with that relief, it will be 2020 before the Army digs out of the military readiness problems sequestration caused.


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