In Depth interviews – October 31

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guest:

Larry AllenPresident, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration is helping contractors save time and effort when they modify or extend their schedules. But there is such a thing as something being too easy.

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins In Depth to discuss why contractors should watch out when they use electronic systems, such as GSA’s eMod.

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Cristina ChaplainDirector of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Pentagon is poised to bring back zeppelins. The Defense Department is funding billions into airship technologies to move cargo and provide surveillance.

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office reviewed those efforts. Cristina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, joined In Depth to discuss how DoD is investing in these programs and how they’ve increased oversight and coordination.

Future Aerostat and Airship Investment Decisions Drive Oversight and Coordination Needs (link to the report)

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Janet HaleDirector, Deloitte Services LP

Tackling the biggest problem at your agency first is a great way to make things more efficient. But agencies can’t seem to get their priorities straight.

Janet Hale, the former undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department and now a director of Deloitte Services LP, joins In Depth to discuss a new report on increasing the efficiency of federal operations.

The study, “Cutting Costs: Inside the Effort to Improve the Efficiency of Federal Operations” was conducted by the Government Business Council and sponsored by Deloitte.

Also on the show:

Agency of the Month: Postmaster General talks debt, Congress, and buyouts

Causey: Test your knowledge of government

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Audit of VA’s Systems Interconnections With Research and University Affiliates (VA IG’s office)