In Depth interviews – May 8

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.

Today’s guests:

Courtesy AFGE

Witold SkwierczynskiSSA Field Operations Locals President, American Federation of Government Employees

The Social Security Administration and its largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees, have signed off on a final contract, capping more than two years of tough negotiations.

Witold Skwierczynski, AFGE’s chief negotiator, discusses the new contract and why the process was so drawn out with Francis Rose.

SSA, AFGE sign off on final contract

Click to view the contract

Greg GarciaPrincipal, Garcia Cyber Partners

Congress is moving closer to a cyber legislation solution, but they may be leaving out some important things, said Greg Garcia, the principal at Garcia Cyber Partners.

Garcia, the former homeland security assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, discusses what Congress is getting right.

Much of the debate between the House and the Senate revolves around whether a comprehensive or piecemeal approach is better.

More about the various cyber bills

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily Cybersecurity Update. For more cybersecurity news, click here.

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

Groovy young people don’t necessarily think a government job is the bee’s knees.

There’s a government deficit right now that has nothing to do with money. Young people aren’t showing any interest in public service, citing the unattractiveness of the federal bureaucracy.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine discusses what can be done to make a government job seem cool again.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)Ranking member, House Budget Committee

Federal employees will pay more toward their pensions under a budget reconciliation plan approved by the House Budget Committee this week. The full house is expected to vote Thursday.

But feds don’t necessarily have to worry quite yet.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the budget committe, told Francis Rose the bill isn’t going anywhere, even if it does pass the House.

Federal pension hike advances as House alternative to sequestration

See a list of proposed House cuts

Also on the show:

Bill calls for ‘duplication score’ to cut wasteful programs

VA boosts staff, online services as mental health needs grow

In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

Air Force touts F-22 capabilities

Suspicious emails target gas pipeline operators