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DC Newsmakers: March 2014 [Kindle Edition]

Francis Rose , Federal News Radio
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DC Newsmakers is a monthly magazine of interviews with Washington DC power brokers - leading members of Congress, the administration, and Federal agencies. Every day, DC newsmakers like these appear on In Depth with Francis Rose, the afternoon radio show on Federal News Radio in Washington. DC Newsmakers publishes the interviews of these high-level leaders every month. IN THIS ISSUE: --The Defense Department has never been able to account for the money it gets from Congress. But after decades of delays and missed deadlines, they believe they can, by 2017. Defense Department Deputy Chief Financial Officer Mark Easton explains why. --Preventable deaths and other problems at Veterans Affairs hospitals push House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller to push for more accountability - and firings - at the agency. He explains why he thinks legislation is necessary. --Stolen personal information from retailers like Target put protecting identities in the headlines. A Federal government program run by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies will protect consumer identity in cyberspace. --Homeland Security Department employees collecting overtime they weren't entitled to can't do it any more. But neither can the employees who earned the overtime. Senator Jon Tester is worried national security is at stake. --This year's budget process in Congress will be very different than the past. House Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman John Carter explains why, and what he's focused on. --The defense industrial base that supports the mission of the Defense Department is about to go through some dramatic changes, thanks to the military drawdown and tighter defense budgets. Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn is co-chair of a task force that will look at sustaining and strengthening that base.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reportage May 1, 2014
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This is a very quick well edited read. If you want to know about people who make things work in the beltway it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DC Newsmakers is a "Must Read" March 30, 2014
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There are very few interviewers in Washington who combine the personality, expertise and insight to talk effortlessly about federal issues that Francis Rose possesses and now, with the publication of DC Newsmakers, we can read (and savor) his interviews with policy makers and influencers - something we could only enjoy with our ears previously. For that, I am quite grateful.

Francis has a special way of asking questions that don't come across as adversarial but that cut to the heart of the issue being discussed. He doesn't challenge an answer as much as he advances a conversation and he does it so smoothly that the technique is easy to overlook until you see it in written form.

DC Newsmakers is more than an anthology of interviews Francis has conducted. It is a significant contribution to the dialogue members of the political, policy, personnel and procurement community have with each other. It provides context and color to the decision-making process. It is a "must read" for those of us inside the Beltway and an even more important resource for those who live and work outside of Washington who want to understand how and why things happen the way they do.

With the rise of social media outlets that convey "news" in snippets, it is helpful that DC Newsmakers provides depth and original content unavailable elsewhere. And if the first issue is an indication of what is to come, there are a lot of us looking forward to the April edition.

Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great piece of journalism March 20, 2014
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Francis continues to demonstrate his ability to communicate relevant, timely information to his target audience. The articles on DoD and DHS continue to demonstrate the challenges and the needed discipline and focus required to bring accountability onto these most untenable agencies, which account for an enormous expenditure of taxpayer funds, along with the perfunctory waste.

I have had the privilege of being interviewed by Francis on his radio program on FederalNewsRadio, and his ability to ask insightful questions and get important information to his audience is evident in this new medium and project. I look forward to future issues, and will be a loyal reader.
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I read "Show Us the Money: Pentagon Says It Can--In Three Years," and for the first time I got a sense of the scale of waste in the Defense Department's budget and why it is so hard to reform it. The piece reports that the Pentagon spent almost a billion dollars for absolutely no result. Secretary Gates had the sense to cancel a project before even more money was spent--there was no hope of producing a workable product.

The great thing about DC Newsmakers is that it has facts and details that only insiders have. I also appreciate the clean writing and sharp analysis. This is where I am turning for insight on the Federal government.
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Having been around the block a bit in DC, I read thru this edition to see what more author Francis Rose could add. Turns out, he adds a lot. Whether its the Pentagon, Capitol Hill or all the agencies in between, DC Newsmakers proved to be a good read. One that is as informative as it is entertaining...At least from the perspective of a procurement geek like myself.
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