In Depth Show Blog – Aug. 8, 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.

Today’s guests:

In an encore presentation from Industry Chatter with Francis Rose, Tim Hoechst, chief technology at Agilex, discusses some of the Big Data problems facing the government.

Hoechst also discusses a recent post he wrote for the Agilex blog “Me & My Data.”

Goats have invaded the historic Congressional Cemetery in Southeast D.C. It’s the final resting place of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and other notable federal executives and members of Congress. The goats are working around the clock over the next several days to get rid of weeds and plants. Lauren Maloy, program director at Congressional Cemetery, tells Federal News Radio’s Shefali Kapadia where the idea for the goats came from.

Michael Furukawa
Director of the Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS

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Hospitals and other health care providers are using electronic health records more than ever. Usage rates are up in all areas of use. Michael Furukawa, director of the Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services, explains why the new numbers are good news for HHS.

Larry Clinton
Internet Security Alliance

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Eight new incentives for the private sector might become part of the federal cybersecurity framework the National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing. The goal is to entice the private sector to adopt federal cyber standards to make their networks safer.

Maj. Gen. Charles Gailes Jr.
Commander, Contingency Command Post One (Task Force-51)
U.S. Army North

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U.S. Northern Command is preparing for something they hope never happens. Their Vibrant Response 13-2 exercise is preparation for a major incident response within the borders of the United States.

Dr. Geraldo Ferrer
Chairman, Operations and Logistics Management Area and Academic Associate of the Logistics Curriculum
Naval Postgraduate School

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Recycling old equipment could help the Defense Department save millions of dollars. The trick is changing the culture surrounding Defense supply systems.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Federal managers hear the phrase “do more with less” all the time. But some senior agency officials are finished with that cliché. Being smarter with less is a concept becoming more popular across government.

Matthew Rhoades
Director of Legislative Affairs
Truman Project and Center for National Policy

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Specializations under the umbrella of cybersecurity make formulating policy around cyber harder than ever. As cyber splinters into subspecialties like cyber espionage, cyber warfare and others, it’s influencing areas of policy making that haven’t had a technological component before. Matthew Rhoades is Director of Legislative Affairs at the Truman Project and Center for National Policy and principal author of the Truman Security Briefing Book. Their book includes a look at cyber policy in today’s world. He says the cyber landscape is more complicated than ever.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department is in the first stages of implementing a mobile technology infrastructure that will serve the entire military. As they set down that path, officials say they desperately want to avoid repeating the practices military services used when they built their traditional, wired networks.

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