In Depth Show Blog – Feb. 17, 2014

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:

Steve Kelman
Professor of Public Management
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

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Cutting the candidate pool may be hurting your agency’s chances of recruiting a top-quality acquisition work force. And if you eliminate people of certain backgrounds, you’ll shrink that candidate pool and maybe lose a chance to hire some people who could really help you. Steve Kelman, professor of Public Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, is writing about a strong acquisition workforce on his Lectern blog. He says his priorities for the ideal skill set have changed.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department wants your help in cutting the more than 400 regulations that govern how it buys products and services. DoD has a request for information asking for recommendations on which regulations are out of date or duplicative. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller shared details on the RFI in this week’s edition of Inside the Reporter’s Notebook.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Today isn’t President’s Day. So the question becomes: why are you really off work today? Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes about it in his column today. It’s titled “In Praise of Millard Fillmore” and it does have something to do with Presidents.

Carol Bonosaro
Senior Executives Association

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Job security might take a big hit at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congress is considering a law to give VA leaders the authority to fire members of the Senior Executive Service fast.

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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President Obama signs the debt limit increase bill and the military retiree pension fix bill. The debt limit was the last crisis legislation on Congress’s agenda. After three years or more of deadlines and countdowns, a little streak of normalcy is returning to the Hill. David Hawkings is senior editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog.

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