In Depth interviews – Jan. 18

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:

Horace Blackman
Acting Senior Adviser and Benefits Consumer Advocate
Veterans Affairs Department

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Keeping programs on schedule and on target will keep getting more important as budgets get tighter. Horace Blackman, acting senior adviser and benefits consumer advocate at the Veterans Affairs Department, was on a panel Francis moderated yesterday that talked about program-management lessons learned, hosted by AFFIRM. After the panel, Francis asked Blackman what he thinks the most important part of program management is in the current environment.

Tim McManus
Vice President for Education and Outreach
Partnership for Public Service

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At the beginning of President Obama’s second term, some of the promises he made at the start of his first term are still unfinished. He promised to make the government cool to attract young talent. But public opinion polls show citizens think the government is less “cool” than ever. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss the government’s lack of cool and how it can change that.

Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: Sequestration planning, GSA initiatives and pay-freeze extension

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

New rule protects patient privacy, secures health information (HHS)

VA deploys millions of sensors to track, well, everything (CSOnline)

Pentagon Solutions: Military Officers Association focuses on key priorities (Federal News Radio)