On the show today — March 30

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:

Stan SolowayPresident and CEO, Professional Services Council


Your agency’s cost-savings efforts are getting another look from Congress — especially contracting costs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight focused Thursday on whether contractors are costing the government too much.

Soloway mentioned a May 2011 Center for Strategic and International Studies report on DoD workforce costs.

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Tim McManusVice President for education and outreach, Partnership for Public Service

Filling your agency’s most important leadership slots is different now that you don’t have to use the dreaded KSAs — short for knowledge, skills and abilities essays — any more.

Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses some step-by-step advice for bringing in top talent.

The partnership recently released a new report designed to help agencies implement a resume-based hiring approach.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill don’t agree on much right now, but one bill is getting both parties, on both sides of the Hill to agree. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA.) says there’s good reason why the “End Trafficking in Government Contracting” Act is getting support from all over Congress.

Initially a recommendation of the Commission on Wartime Contracting, the bill has drawn a number of co-sponsors across the Senate and House and from both parties.

Click here to read the bill.

Click here for more information about the bill.

Roger WaldronPresident, Coalition for Government Procurement

Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition of Government Procurement also discussed the recent hearing before Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight on the age-old insourcing/outsourcing debate.

Click here for more information about the hearing.

Click here to view CGP’s letter.

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Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown
Dan Blair, the president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, and Jon Desenberg, the senior policy director of The Performance Institute, count down the top federal news stories of the week.

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

The Navy is seeking a fleet of 300 ships by 2040

Half of systems infected with SpyEye botnet in US

Hackers weaponize Word files with malicious software