In Depth interviews – Jan. 22

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:


Jerry Davis
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Security/Chief Information Security Officer
Veterans Affairs Department

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Jerry Davis, deputy assistant secretary for information security and chief information security officer for the Veterans Affairs Department, joins In Depth to talk about his upcoming career shift: In early February, Davis will move to the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.

James White
Director of Tax Issues
Government Accountability Office

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While the Internal Revenue Service has made gains to improve its efficiency with electronic tax filing, providing telephone service and timely responses to correspondence from taxpayers remain challenges. The Government Accountability Office finds in order to improve these service declines, the IRS will have to consider difficult tradeoffs. James White, director of tax issues at the GAO, joins In Depth to discuss how the IRS can improve service.

Greg Garcia
Garcia Cyber Partners

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The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team at DHS says attacks against critical infrastructure systems are on the increase. They’re finding almost 200 incidents of energy, water and commercial control systems facing numerous attacks — the majority because of serious breaches of information. Greg Garcia, principal at Garcia Cyber Partners, joins In Depth to discuss why open-control systems are so vulnerable to cyber attackers.

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

Dale Church
Chairman and CEO
Ventures & Solutions LLC

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Critics of the Defense Department’s acquisition system say the Pentagon is currently too complex to deliver the best goods and services efficiently to the nation’s military forces. Dale Church, chairman and CEO of Ventures & Solutions LLC and former deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, joins In Depth to discuss why he believes the Pentagon must return to basic management principles.

The Name of the Acquisition Game is Empowerment and Accountability (related link)

David Hawkings
CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing

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David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call’s Daily Briefing joins In Depth to discuss the recent nominations President Barack Obama is sending to Congress and how they’ll play out on the Hill.

Also on the show:

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

Pentagon Solutions: Military Officers Association focuses on key priorities

Malware impersonates Java patch (PC World)