In Depth interviews – July 3

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:

Danette CampbellTelework Senior Adviser, Patent and Trademark Office

Yesterday the government offered unscheduled leave and encouraged people to telework after the storm knocked out power around the D.C. area.

You can also telework today if you’re already set up to do it. But if you’re not, Danette Campbell, the senior telework senior adviser at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, discusses a new government checklist to help you make that transition.

Big weather emergencies, such as the fierce storms that wracked the area over the weekend, act as a use- case for employees who may be skeptical about teleworking. Campbell discusses some lessons learned that people can take away from this storm and apply to their future telework plans.

Read: Debilitating storm? No sweat for teleworking feds

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

The Pentagon says trust is what binds the military to the president, the American people and the elected officials they serve. To drive that point home Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey reminded military servicemen and women of the need to stay out of political activities.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, discusses the military’s guidance.

Shawn Henryformer Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, FBI

Courtesy Crowdstrike

Economic espionage is draining billions of dollars from the American economy, according to the FBI. In fact, the bureau estimates more than $13 billion has already been lost.

One big challenge in stopping insider threats is keeping up with the tools of the trade.

Shawn Henry, the former executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch at the FBI, discusses how the FBI stays on top of the latest cyber threats.

FBI updates Congress on threats involving insiders (related link)

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

Dan StonekingDirector of the private sector in the Office of External Affairs, FEMA

When disaster strikes, various levels of government jump into action. But sometimes work can be doubled up or logistics can be lost because of a lack of integration with the private sector.

Dan Stoneking, the director of the private sector in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of External Affairs is trying to change that.

Stoneking has been recognized in the Homeland Security category of the 2012 Service to America Medals, or Sammies, for his efforts in trying to link in more support from the private sector in disaster recovery efforts.

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Tammy FlanaganSenior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The Thrift Savings Plan bounced back in June after several months of declining numbers. Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director at the National Institute of Transition Planning discusses the month’s gains and whether there are any indications the gains will continue.

Plus, just in time for the July 4 holiday, Flanagan discusses steps feds can take to achieve financial freedom.

Also on the show:

DoD to begin digital US mail delivery for employees

Agency performance reporting lags under wasteful spending initiative

GAO dismisses protest over huge TRICARE contract

Report: Drones vulnerable to hacking

Ft. Belvoir welcomes double amputee as garrison commander


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