In Depth Show Blog – Feb. 4, 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:


Rep. Gerry Connolly


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Managing IT projects in government will get a shot in the arm from Reforming Federal Procurement of Information Technology Act, according to its sponsors. Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) are the bill’s co-sponsors. In our Congressional Spotlight, Congressman Connolly describes the bill’s key points.

Jessica Klement
Legislative Director
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association

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Both sides of Capitol Hill are working on new Postal Service reforms. Part of those reforms could include a new, separate health plan for Postal Service employees. That plan may not only affect Postal Service employees.

Colleen Kelley
National President
National Treasury Employees Union

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Almost all of the new hires in the federal government are going to just three different agencies. The Government Accountability Office says the federal workforce is growing, but 94 percent of the growth is in national security agencies.

Roger Waldron
Coalition for Government Procurement

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A draft Strategic Plan is out for the General Services Administration. It covers the next four years and focuses on three main goals.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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For the first time, Army officials detail a multiyear criminal investigation that tarnishes one of the military’s most successful recruiting programs ever. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, investigators find tens of billions of dollars in fraudulent payments, and the whole program appears to violate federal law in several ways.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Homeland Security Department comes out on top on one of a number of protests of awards on the EAGLE 2 IT services contract. But this protest wasn’t about the awards where DHS is facing the largest number of complaints from industry. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller provides details of GAO’s decision in favor of DHS and what comes next for EAGLE 2.

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