In Depth Show Blog – Jan. 9, 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:

Larry Allen
Allen Federal Business Partners

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The Small Business Administration is proposing what some people call the death sentence for one government contractor, and that company won’t be the last one. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, wrote about Micro Tech in his newsletter this week. He was Francis Rose’s guest on Industry Chatter.

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

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The budget requests from the Homeland Security Department are confusing Congress. DHS has a hard time explaining the difference between mission and management programs. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is trying to figure out that difference for Congress.

Tom Temin
Federal Drive

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Four high level departures at the General Services Administration have the Federal business community buzzing. My colleague Tom Temin from Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp says people who say there’s something going on may be missing something.

Related Story: GSA losing four key senior executives

Bob Peck
Director of consulting

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Federal agencies are looking at downsizing and relocation to save money and work more efficiently. It’s part of the government-wide campaign to freeze the federal real estate footprint. Bob Peck, director of consulting at Gensler and former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration, picks his Top 3 Federal Building Trends for 2014

Jeff Neal
Senior Vice President
ICF International

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The death of the General Schedule system could be on the horizon. Some are calling for major updates and some want a new system altogether. One of the GS critics is Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The military’s top National Guard official says the Army and Air National Guard have never been more trained and ready than they are right now, and service leaders are having no trouble recruiting and retaining sailors and airmen. But that could change quickly if the force becomes idle after military operations in Afghanistan come to an end.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Agencies are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars each year because Congress isn’t doing its job. That was the simple message from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) today. Coburn continued to beat the drum that change must start at home if the government is going to control its spending.

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