In Depth Show Blog – September 20, 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:


Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Five agencies are jumping onto the workplace transformation bandwagon. The General Services Administration was the first. It’s replacing cube farms and private offices with open spaces, hoteling and an online reservation system for conference rooms.

Tammy Flanagan
Senior Benefits Director
National Institute of Transition Planning

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Your Thrift Savings Plan account will be there when you retire, but you can’t just ignore it. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning, has got some deadlines you need to meet if you don’t want to just give your money away.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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The House of Representatives passed today on a continuing resolution that would keep your agency open until Dec. 15. But the chances it goes anywhere are zero. President Obama says he’ll veto it if it somehow gets past the Senate, because it would cut off money for the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it will never pass his chamber. And Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says all the time spent on things will never happen is getting pretty old.

Tara O’Toole
Undersecretary of Science and Technology
Department of Homeland Security

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Monday is Tara O’Toole’s last day as undersecretary of science and technology at the Homeland Security Department. She’s the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the agency. She explains to Federal News Radio’s Sean McCalley why she feels it’s time to leave the public sector.

Stephen Shih
Deputy Associate Director of Senior Executive Service
Office of Personnel Management

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A new online course helps current and aspiring senior leaders use strategic skills to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. Stephen Shih is deputy associate director of Senior Executive Service and performance management at the Office of Personnel Management. He tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson to achieve excellence you should approach work and life as one and the same.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Members of Congress are frustrated at what they see as a failure by the Department of Homeland Security to manage the acquisition practices of its various components – leading to poorly defined requirements and wasted money. But DHS says some of the problems are of Congress’ own making.

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On Federal News Countdown Lee Dougherty, partner at Fluet, Huber & Hoang, and Bob Suda, president and senior consultant of Suda and Associates, choose and rank the three news stories from the current week that they think are most important to people who work for the federal government. This discussion gives Federal employees and contractors a chance to hear what their peers are thinking about, talking about and dealing with.

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