In Depth interviews – November 26

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:

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Amb. Ronald NeumannPresident, American Academy of Diplomacy

Amb. Thomas BoyattProject Chairman

Neumann, Francis Rose and Boyatt, in studio.

Amb. Ronald Neumann and Thomas Boyatt, both with the American Academy of Diplomacy, join In Depth to provide a detailed look at cultivating, hiring and retaining a strong foreign service corps — in a time of dangerous assignments and tight budgets.

Diplomacy in a Time of Scarcity (related link)

Tim McManusVice President of Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service

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The average career of a political appointee is 18 months. That means if you want to be a successful agency leader you’ll have to hit the ground running.

Tim McManus, vice president of education and outreach, joins In Depth to discuss how political appointees can succeed during their first 100 days in office.

Your First 100 Days: Starting Strong as a New Leader in Government (related link)

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Dan BlairPresident and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration

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The results of the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey are in, and employee satisfaction dipped from last year’s level.

The good news is that a strong majority of federal still like their jobs and what they do, but it’s clear that pay and benefits is still hurting morale and job satisfaction.

Dan Blair, president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, joins In Depth to discuss this year’s survey results.

OPM survey: Tight budgets, pay freeze ‘taking toll’ on employee satisfaction (related story)

Charles Johnsondirector of International Affairs and Trade issues, Government Accountability Office

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Partnerships with other countries are valuable to the Defense Department. But the Pentagon is having trouble keeping track of what it supplies to its partners, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Charles Johnson, director of International Affairs and Trade issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss the “information gaps” faced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Link to GAO report

Linda SpringerExecutive Director of Government and Public Sector, Ernst and Young LLP

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A record-breaking number of federal employees have weighed in on what it’s like to work for their agencies — through the 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Linda Springer, executive director of the Government and Public Sector of Ernst and Young, joins In Depth to discuss this year’s survey results. Springer is the former director of the Office of Personnel Management and a former controller of the Office of Management and Budget.

Also on the show:

Mike Causey: Two’s a couple, three’s a family!

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

(ISC)² announces infosec scholarships (ISC)²

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency launches app store (

Obama issues agencies new policies for combating insider threats (Federal News Radio)