In Depth interviews – September 24

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:

John HuttonDirector of Acquisition Sourcing Management Issues


It’s no easy task to manage 22 agencies, more than 200,000 employees and a $60 billion budget. And it’s painfully clear at the Homeland Security Department that it’s dealing with financial management issues that won’t go away.

John Hutton, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, joins In Depth to discuss the department’s longstanding financial-management challenges.

DHS Requires More Disciplined Investment Management to Help Meet Mission Needs (GAO report)

Linda SpringerExecutive Director of Ernst and Young’s Government and Public Sector division

Whether it’s the possibility of a new administration or replacing a wave of retirees, every agency needs to know how to fill vacancies at the executive level.

Linda Springer, the executive director of Ernst and Young’s Government and Public Sector division and the former director of the Office of Personnel Management, joins In Depth to discuss recruiting and retaining before, during and after a Presidential election.

Springer recently spoke at the National Academy of Public Administration’s “Memo” events series about fixing the hiring process for political appointees and strengthening the federal workforce.

Mike HettingerDirector of the Public Sector Innovation Group, Software and Information Industry Association

Cloud brokers are meant to make a complex acquisition process a lot easier. But when your agency relies on them for the most basic of acquisition projects, they can end up making a mess that wastes money and time, according to the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).

The group says the General Services Administration’s consideration of a possible cloud-broker model could “serve to increase complexity, strangle innovation and limit competition.”

Read more from SIIA’s letter to GSA

In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

GAO says mobile malware attacks have tripled in less than a year