In Depth interviews – August 21

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:

Jamie PriceDirector of the Reports and Evaluation Division, EEOC

For a fifth straight year, equal employment opportunity complaints based on reprisal and age discrimination are up in federal agencies. At the same time though, agencies, on average, are making progress toward investigating and closing out those EEO claims in a timely fashion, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s latest report.

Jamie Price, the director of the reports and evaluation division in EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations, told In Depth the commission is glad to see the decrease in processing delays.

Retaliation, reprisal top EEOC complaints from feds (related story)

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

The American public, as a whole, is not on a crusade against government spending. In fact, it wants more — at least according to a survey by the National Treasury Employees Union.

That positive outlook could be a sign the public is comfortable with not just big government but and even bigger government, Tom Shoop, the editor in chief at Government Executive, says.

Tim GranceSenior computer scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Responding to a computer security incident if often complicated. But the National Institute for Standards and Technology has three ways of thinking to help federal managers identify and fix a security breach. Earlier this month, NIST updated the guidance as part of its Computer Security Incident Handling Guide.

Tim Grance, a senior computer scientist at NIST, discusses the updated guidance.

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

Vice Adm. Mark HarnitchekDirector of the Defense Logistics Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency is always busy, especially the man in charge of the operation — Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek.

He told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller that as the two wars in the Middle East wind down, it will just mean another evolution of responsibilities.

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

Tom DevineLegal Director, Government Accountability Project

One federal watchdog group says a court decision handed down last week could have broad implications for the employment protections feds are entitled to under the federal merit system.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated a decision by the Merit Systems Protection Board, finding the agency didn’t have jurisdiction over employment decisions made regarding employees in so-called “critical non-sensitive” positions. National security procedures take over instead.

Tom Devine, the legal director for the Government Accountability Project, says his organization is unhappy with the ruling because it could allow agencies to exempt any employee from the due process afforded by the merit system.