In Depth Show Blog – May 3, 2013

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.

Tammy Flanagan
Senior Benefits Director
National Institute of Transition Planning

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Every year, the best day to retire is different. It’s also different for every person. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, is out with her annual retirement guidance. She joined Francis to discuss the best dates to retire for feds in 2014.

Kirit Amin
Deputy CIO & CTO
Commerce Department

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Clear guidelines on your agency’s data center consolidation strategy are out from the Office of Management and Budget. But you have leeway on how to make that consolidation happen. Kirit Amin, deputy chief information officer and chief technology officer at the Commerce Department, told Francis that prioritization at agencies will get the job done faster and better.

Mark Misczak
Deputy Director, Individual Assistance Division

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Telework is more embedded in agency fabric than ever. More than 100,000 federal employees took part in national Telework Week this year. Mark Misczak, deputy director of the Individual Assistance Division at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spoke to Francis about how he’s seen the telework culture change across government.

Jennifer Fiedelholtz
Deputy Director, Office of Policy Coordination
Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration

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Veterans don’t need military equipment to keep serving their country. Vets with medical skills can find opportunities specific to them through the Health Resources and Services Administration, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Jennifer Fiedelholtz, deputy director of the Office of Policy Coordination at the Bureau of Health Professions at HRSA, joined Francis to discuss what kinds of opportunities HHS is extending to vets.

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Federal News Countdown
Molly O’Neill and Tim Hoechst

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Molly O’Neill from CGI and Tim Hoechst from Agilex join Francis for his weekly Federal News Countdown show, where the guests discuss the three most important federal news stories of the week, as determined by them. View this week’s show topics or click the link above to listen to the full show.

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From Our Reporters:

  • Furloughs are out across government, but one agency wanted to make extra sure its employees received their notices. The Internal Revenue Service sent some of its employees overnight letters to make sure they received their furloughs within the time allotted by law. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talked to Francis about the extra lengths the agency went to. Listen to the interview or read Mike’s report.
  • Agencies have a culture of performance more today than ever before. So says Shelley Metzenbaum, who left her role Friday as the associate director for personnel and performance at the Office of Management and Budget. It has been Metzenbaum’s job to be the Obama administration’s activist for performance management. Metzenbaum looked back on her four-year tenure with Executive Editor Jason Miller. Listen to the interview and read Jason’s report.
  • Congress has made its feelings pretty clear on the subject of another round of military base closures and realignments. Lawmakers included an explicit prohibition on another BRAC round in this year’s Defense Authorization bill. But DoD leaders remain insistent that since the military’s shrinking, bases need to shrink too. Read DoD Reporter Jared Serbu’s latest report.

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