In Depth Show Blog – Feb. 25, 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:

Joe Jordan
President of Public Sector

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Acquisition reform at the Homeland Security Department is the goal of a new bill from the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.). You can read the details from Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller. Joe Jordan is the president of Public Sector for FedBid and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy.

Virginia Hill
National President
Young Government Leaders

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More than two-thirds of the 2013 President Management Fellows program haven’t been hired in the federal government. The program doesn’t guarantee a placement. April 8 is the deadline for finalists to get hired. But a group of fellows is asking OPM Director Katherine Archuleta for an extension.

Kim Weaver
Director of External Affairs
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

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Lifecycle funds in the Thrift Savings Plan are supposed to be an option for you to invest in. They’re supposed to make your life easier. But the TSP finds they may be making people confused. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, explains what the L-funds are really for.

Larry Allen
Allen Federal Business Partners

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Federal contractors have a thing or two to learn from an unlikely source — Walmart. The lowest price might not be enough. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, writes the Week Ahead newsletter.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department says it will struggle to make significant cuts to the civilian workforce without another round of base closures. Most DoD civilians are outside the Pentagon. They work at bases, depots and other places the agency may or may not need any more. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller has details on DoD’s challenges to meet its budget and draw down its active forces.

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Some big job openings at the Defense Department are closer to being filled. The Senate Armed Services Committee heard from six nominees to take jobs at the Pentagon, including Bob Work, administration’s deputy Defense secretary nominee; Michael McCord, the administration’s choice to be the under secretary of Defense (comptroller); and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy nominee Christine Wormuth. Francis Rose shared some of their testimony on In Depth.

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