In Depth Show Blog - Feb. 27, 2014

Thursday - 2/27/2014, 6:21pm 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:

Stephanie Hill
Vice President of Information Systems and Global Solutions Civil Business
Lockheed Martin

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Companies that do lots of business in the defense space want to build their civilian businesses as a way to protect themselves against shrinking defense budgets.

Mackenzie Eaglen
Resident Fellow
American Enterprise Institute

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The Obama administration will formally submit the entire 2015 federal budget next week...but the Defense Department has been conducting a sort of "soft-rollout" this week, starting with a speech on Monday by defense secretary Chuck Hagel and numerous followup appearances by senior defense officials. Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute hosted the acting deputy defense secretary, Christine Fox for one of those discussions yesterday. Eaglen talked with Jared Serbu about the details the Pentagon's revealed so far.

Barry Leffew
Vice President for Public Sector
Adobe

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Earlier this month, the Defense Department signed a more than $40 million, three-year deal with Adobe to consolidate thousands of separate agreements the military currently has with the company. It's the second successful contract negotiation in DoD's effort to move toward enterprise software licensing. The first was with Microsoft. Barry Leffew is the vice president for public sector at Adobe. He talked with me about the terms of their deal with DoD.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Ranking Member
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

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Allegations of purging veterans case files at Los Angeles and Dallas offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs are spotlighting accountability issues at VA. The Senate is considering legislation that would increase the number of vets eligible for benefits and the number of benefits they can get. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is against the bill. Federal News Radio's Francis Rose asked him how to get around the idea that if you vote against veterans legislation, you're voting against vets.

Tim McManus
Vice President for Education
Partnership for Public Service

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Your agency's brand is more than just a logo or a plaque above the door. Tweaking it in just the right way can help new recruits fall in love with your agency before they walk in the door.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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A June deadline is fast approaching for agencies to use only cloud computing services that meet governmentwide cybersecurity requirements. New data is coming to the Office of Management and Budget in the next week through the PortfolioStat effort that will highlight this progress. Maria Roat is the General Services Administration's director of the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program or FedRAMP. She gives Executive Editor Jason Miller an update on the FedRAMP program.


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