In Depth interviews – July 5

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:

Irene KatacinskiDeputy for small business programs, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

The federal government’s challenge to increase the amount of small-business contracting isn’t going away — as evidenced by recent scorecard released by the Small Business Administration. The numbers showed agencies missed four of five goals.

But some parts of government are doing well in small business contracting. One of them is the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, which won the Navy Office of Small Business Programs Directors Award.

Click here to read the award citation

Hank KenchingtonDeputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Department

The Energy Department and the Homeland Security Department are teaming up to help utilities build up their cyber defenses: a Cybersecurity Self-Evaluation Survey Tool

Hank Kenchington, the deputy assistant secretary of the Energy Department’s Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability, discusses how the tool works and how DHS and Energy developed it.

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

Guy TimberlakeChief Visionary Officer, American Small Business Coalition

Guy Timberlake, the chief visionary officer for the American Small Business Coalition, discusses how the government can fix its small business contracting problems. The connection, Timberlake says, is Phil Collins!

In 2011, small federal contractors took it on the chin twice as hard (related story)