In Depth Show Blog – December 16, 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 Interviews:

Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose
MeyerRose Group

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The White House is scrapping an idea to split the leadership of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command between two different people. The administration has until this spring to find a replacement for General Keith Alexander who is the outgoing leader of the two agencies. Retired Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, U.S. Air Force, is president of MeyerRose Group and former Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

David Maurer
Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

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A leadership vacuum at the Homeland Security Department could be draining morale across the entire agency. About 40 percent of all political appointee positions are empty or held by an acting official. David Maurer told the House Homeland Security Committee what GAO has found, and some possible fixes for DHS’ morale problems.

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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The Senate will vote this week on the budget deal Congressional negotiators finished last week. The House passed it by a huge majority. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, says the budget deal isn’t a budget, and there’s a lot more work to be done.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federak News Radio

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The Senate will vote this week on the new budget proposal that passed the House by a huge margin. That agreement doesn’t touch your pay and benefits, but some federal employees still don’t like it. Federal News Radio’s Senior Correspondent Mike Causey uses a very unusual test in his column to gauge the reception from feds on the budget deal.

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