In Depth interviews – November 28

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:

Kerry WeemsVice President and General Manager of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Health Solutions Sector

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Kerry Weems, the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, joins In Depth to discuss the government’s biggest health care challenges.

Weems also provides an update on the progress made by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in building an integrated electronic health record system.

Ron SandersExecutive Adviser, Booz Allen Hamilton

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The Office of Personnel Management now has the most complete view ever of what your peers think about their jobs. The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey results are out and more federal employees participated this year than ever before.

Ron Sanders, an executive adviser for Booz Allen Hamilton and former chief human capital officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, joins In Depth with his take on what the results mean.

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

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

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Budget talks and sequestration provide a backdrop for lots of things going on in agencies across government. And even though the deadline is about five weeks away, the end isn’t necessarily in sight, according to Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive.

He joins In Depth to discuss how the budget talks are going ahead of the impending fiscal cliff.

Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff (related story)

Melanie SloanExecutive Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

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Top military leaders that retire from service are signing on with defense contractors at a faster rate than ever. And some of those leaders are taking jobs with contractors while they’re still advising the Pentagon, according to the the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director and spokeswoman, joins In Depth to discuss the group’s new report.

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

John SalamoneVice President, Federal Management Partners

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New numbers from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show federal employees’ confidence in their leaders isn’t growing. The good news is, it’s not shrinking either.

John Salamone, vice president at Federal Management Partners, joins In Depth to discuss the survey results.

Survey sheds spotlight on leadership flaws, opportunities (related story)

Kim WeaverDirector of External Affairs, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

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Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, but the effects still linger — even with your Thrift Savings Plan Account.

Victims of the storm will be able to continue to make contributions to their TSP accounts even if they received a hardship withdrawal, according to new guidance issued by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Kim Weaver, the board’s director of external affairs, joins In Depth to discuss the effects of the storm.

Joachim HofbauerFellow, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Asian defense spending is increasing at the same time Pentagon spending will go down, and the DoD is focusing more attention on Asia. Joachim Hofbauer, a fellow for the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was part of a team of CSIS experts that studied the region’s top defense spenders.

Hofbauer joins In Depth to discuss the biggest players in the Asian defense market.

Asian Defense Spending, 2000-2011 (link to the CSIS report)

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