In Depth interviews – July 31

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:

Al BurmanPresident of Jefferson Solutions

Photo: Jefferson Consulting

Your agency’s chief acquisition officer may have more duties than just procurement. But CAOs tell the Government Accountability Office that’s not holding them back from getting the job done and most of them think it’s a good thing that they multi-task. Al Burman is a former administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and he spoke to In Depth about the GAO’s new report.

Former OFPP officials say government in state of ‘paralysis (related story)

Tom ShoopEditor in Chief, Gvernment Executive

The threat of sequestration has some contractors hinting a flood of WARN Act notifications could fill up mailboxes in November. Lockheed Martin expects to send conditional layoff notices to 10,000 employees. But the Labor Department said this week that’s not necessary as the chances of a sequester are unknown and notices would only waste resources and raise anxiety. Tom Shoop discusses his latest blog post about the notices plus the congressional deal announced Tuesday that would keep the government running for another six months.

Labor Dept. says defense layoffs ‘speculative,’ no need for warning (related story)

Barry PavelDirector of International Security Program, Atlantic Council

Photo: Atlantic Council

In an era of draw-downs and sequestration, what is the future of the European Command? Barry Pavel moderated a discussion about the Pentagon’s shifting focus from Europe to the Middle East and the Pacific region.

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Also on the show:

Military branches refine cyber roles
In Depth played highlights from a House Armed Services Committee hearing on improving the military’s cyber capabilities. Listen to the highlights:

Air Force swears in new vice chief of staff

End of the world delayed?