This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.
Sarah Bittleman — Senior energy adviser, USDA
Matchmaking at the Agriculture Department — it isn’t what it sounds like. On March 30, USDA will host a “match-making day” to promote connections between agricultural producers of energy feedstocks with companies interested in producing commercial biofuel solutions.
Sarah Bittleman, senior energy adviser to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Tammy Flanagan — Senior benefits director, National Institute of Transition Planning
No new locality pay cities is the decision from the President’s Pay Agent. (Click here to learn more about the PPA). The board rejected a recommendation from the Federal Salary Council to add Albany, New York; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bakersfield, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to the list of cities whose federal workers are eligible for locality pay.
Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning breaks down that decision and what it means for feds.
Ginger Groeber — President of Exfed and former deputy undersecretary of DoD’s Civilian Personnel Policy
Ginger Groeber, a former fed, has a fairly straightforward mission: Helping others become former feds. Groeber’s company, ExFed, aims to align jobseekers with federal experience to a broader array of private-sector jobs where that government experience could be valuable.
Groeber said the new site was launched in part from her own experiences. She’s the former deputy undersecretary of civilian personnel policy at the Defense Department.
If “One Shining Moment” isn’t your thing, how about “One Shining Floor Plan?” The General Services Administration has it’s own version of March Madness, and instead of college basketball vying for the trophy, GSA is seeking to name the public’s favorite federal building.
Click here to vote for your favorite federal building on GSA’s Facebook page.
Bill Bransford — partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth
The STOCK Act, short for Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge, passed the Senate and heads to the President’s desk. The legislation not only affects elected representatives, though. Bill Bransford, a partner at Shaw Bransford and Roth, discusses the implications for certain high-ranking federal workers.