In Depth interviews – July 27

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:

Randolph WaleriusEditor, Bloomberg Government

The cuts that sequestration would force on the federal government may not save your agency as much money as Congress thinks. And some other unintended consequences may show up as a result of across-the-board spending cuts.

Randy Walerius, an editor at Bloomberg Government, has examined the numbers particularly focusing on physical capital investment. He discusses the impacts of sequestration.

Related link: Sequestering Capital Projects May Raise Their Cost: BGOV Insight (Bloomberg Government is a subscription-only site)

Tammy FlanaganSenior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The Office of Personnel Management has reported making progress on the backlog of retirement claims that has long plagued the agency.

But the pile of claims they’re dealing with is bound to get bigger. And if your agency finds itself having to do reductions-in-force in addition to buyouts and early-outs, you’ll make better decisions if you’re prepared.

Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning and one of the co-hosts of For Your Benefit show, discusses how feds can stay prepared.

Richard KoganCenter for Budget and Policy Priorities

Everyone is finding something to hate in the concept of sequestration. Worst-case scenarios and words like “catastrophic” get thrown around every day to describe it.

Richard Kogan, a federal budget expert from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says there’s a more realistic way to look at sequestration.

A More Realistic Look at Sequestration (related link)

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Amb. David SmithPotomac Institute for Policy Studies

The Senate will work on cybersecurity legislation next week after literally years of trying to get to a vote. The good news is, it will probably pass the Senate. The bad news is, the House is nowhere near ready to go to conference on cyber legislation.

Amb. David Smith, with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies has been following the debate in Congress and shares some insight.

Competing cybersecurity bills offer best of both worlds (Smith’s previous appearance on Federal News Radio)

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

Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: DoD workforce caps and agency innovation
John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, and Jason Miller, Federal News Radio’s executive editor, count down the top federal news story of the week.

Mike Causey: Overpaid feds bite back

Feds make progress in disability hiring, but lofty goal looms large

Federal CTO plans new networking tool to spur innovation