In Depth interviews – December 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:

Daniel SchumanPolicy Counsel and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

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The Obama administration has been very vocal about its efforts to be more transparent. But the administration hasn’t always lived up to those expectations. And what changes can we expect in Obama’s second term?

Daniel Schuman, policy counsel and director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency for the Sunlight Foundation, joins In Depth to evaluate the administration’s policies on government transparency.

Transparency and the Obama presidency: Looking Back and Looking Forward (related link)

Lynn MatticePresident and Founder of the National Economic Security Grid

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Intellectual property theft, organized crime and fraud are constant threats to the American economy. The federal government can’t save the private sector from all those threats. But you may learn some lessons from one effort the private sector is making.

Lynn Mattice, the president and founder of the National Economic Security Grid, joins In Depth to discuss how his group helps protect the economic security of small and medium-sized companies and reduce the burden on government.

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

Thomas RathAssociate, Husch Blackwell

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It’s perfectly legal and appropriate for a contractor to ask for reimbursement for extra costs in contracts. But you better keep your request reasonable, Thomas Rath, an associate at Husch Blackwell, advises.

Rath wrote about a case involving contractor KBR and a $37 million cafeteria in a post on The Contractor’s Perspective blog.

Rath joins In Depth to discuss when and how reimbursement requests are reasonable.

Gordon AdamsProfessor of International Relations, American University

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The Defense Department announced today it would begin planning for sequestration, the $500 billion in personnel and program cuts set to take effect in January.

Gordon Adams, a professor of international relations at American University, joins In Depth to discuss the steps DoD is likely taking to prepare. The main sticking point is determining how much flexibility DoD will have in implementing the cuts.

DoD begins planning for sequestration cuts (related story)

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

Also on the show:

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

DoD Takes Aim at Supply Chain Threat (GovInfoSecurity)

White House draft cyber order adds changes to mollify tech industry (The Hill)

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