Today’s weather event wasn’t anywhere near the level of a natural disaster. But it can serve as a nice reminder of what kind of bad situations federal managers should be planning for. Keith Rhodes was the Government Accountability Office’s first chief technologist and he’s now the chief technology officer at QinetiQ North America’s Services and Solutions Group. He joins In Depth to discuss how agency managers can prepare their organizations for disaster.
President Obama is hearing from two powerful members of Congress about the lack of inspectors general at agencies across government. The Project on Government Oversight has been following the IG gap for a long time. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight, joins In Depth to discuss how systemic a problem the lack of IGs is.
Temporary employees are already on their way out at the Defense Department in anticipation of sequestration. And Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter says furloughs will start in April unless Congress fixes sequestration. Todd Harrison, senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joins In Depth to discuss what’s next for the Pentagon.
The Defense Department continues to struggle with keeping track of the high-end technology it owns. The Militarily Critical Technologies List is out of date and incomplete, according to a recent Government Accountability Office review. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss the critical technologies list is and why it’s important to defense procurement.
The Defense Department is announcing plans to hire a huge class of cybersecurity professionals. When DoD is finished hiring, U.S. Cyber Command will have five times as many cyber personnel as they have today. Ron Marks, senior fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and a cyber human capital expert, joins In Dept to discuss DoD’s planned cyber hiring spree.
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Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.