In Depth Show Blog - March 10, 2014

Monday - 3/10/2014, 6:00pm 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:

Sean Moulton
Director, Open Government Policy
Center for Effective Government

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Your agency is probably failing to keep the public informed about what goes on inside the office doors. The Center for Effective Government is grading federal compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. The results are not pretty.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense budget is complex even in the best of years. But as DoD Comptroller Bob Hale put it earlier this week, this year's edition of the Pentagon budget proposal has some "special features" that make even the basic top line numbers tricky to pull apart. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu is writing about the nuances of this year's DoD budget in his latest edition of "Inside the Reporter's Notebook." He says this year's budget request includes some "special features."

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Warmer temperatures in the D.C. area this week have lots of people thinking spring or at least thinking about no more snow. So now might be a great time to start looking at how your agency's telework plans worked during the snow closings this winter. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes about it in his column today. He hopes this is it for weather events for the season.

Michelle Sager
Director of Strategic Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Knowing a train wreck was on the way still couldn't save the federal government from the impact of sequestration.

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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Congressional overseers didn't wait for the White House's official budget request to start hearings for this year. But now that the official document is out, budget season is really here, just like daylight saving time.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Four different systems hold vendor past performance data. And those systems look old and clunky. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) thinks so, and she wants to know why agencies still don't have the information they need to make good procurement decisions.


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