In Depth interviews – Jan. 15

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:

Dan Blair
National Academy of Public Administration

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The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service is “pushing the envelope” with some new ideas they think could lead to greater cash flow for the agency. Some of the ideas are really outside the normal purview of the Postal Service. Dan Blair, the president of the National Academy of Public Administration and the former chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, discusses whether it’s time for the postal service to think outside the (mail)box.

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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Agencies across the government are gearing up for a more definitive plan on sequestration. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive, joins In Depth with the latest in the sequestration saga.

OMB tells agencies to ‘intensify’ sequestration planning (related story)

Alan Paller
Director of Research
SANS Institute

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Veterans in New Jersey have another chance to go back into battle. This time, it’s cyber battle. Gov. Chris Christie wants to train them to join the government and private-sector companies to defend the country from cyber attacks. Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, joins In Depth to discuss the new program.

New Jersey invites vets to compete for cyber residencies at key institutions (related link)

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

Roger Waldron
Coalition for Government Procurement

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The General Services Administration is a leader in federal innovation. But it also needs to focus that mission on itself. Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, argues the GSA schedule system need to be modernized and the Multiple Awards System needs to be reformed.

Waldron also remembered Joe Caggiano, a long-time presence in the government market, who died suddenly this week.

David Hawkings
CQ-Roll Call Daily Briefing

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The future of leadership at the Defense Department is taking a huge step toward clarity. The nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel now looks likely to happen, according to David Hawkings, editor of the CQ-Roll Call Daily Briefing.

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Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller also joins Francis Rose to discuss new agency priorities set out by Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of the General Services Administration.

Tangherlini sets new priorities as part of GSA reform efforts

Francis also played highlights of a speech Tangherlini gave last month before the Federal Insider Conference.


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