On the show today – April 26

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Today’s guests:

Chris HummelPresident and Global Chief Marketing Officer, Siemens Enterprise Communications


Chris Hummel, the president of Siemens Enterprise Communications North America and the global chief marketing officer, sat down with Francis Rose on Industry Chatter to discuss some trends in mobile technology and mobility at federal agencies.

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Rep. Steny HoyerHouse Democratic Whip

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a proposal that increases the amount federal employees pay toward their retirements — from 0.8 percent to 5.8 percent over the next five years.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Democratic whip told In Depth: “My concern is that they are the only workers in America that are being looked to, to make a contribution. That’s making the federal service less competitive, reducing our ability to recruit and retain the quality people that we need.”

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Tim McManusVice President for Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service

Pulling federal leadership scores out of the dumpster is a work in progress for many federal agencies, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service, “The Federal Leadership Challenge.”

Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss some of the highlights of the report.

Feds rank leadership low in annual survey

Gregory WilshusenDirector of Information Security Issues at GAO

The House is debating a package of cybersecurity bills that would change the way your agency secures its networks and information. Gregory Wilshusen, the director of information security issues at the Government Accountability Office provided testimony to the House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday, noting that federal information security has landed on GAO’s high-risk list since 1997.

In his testimony, Wilshusen said over the past six years, the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies had increased 680 percent.

Danny Werfel OMB controller

Agencies have a new tool in their belt in the fight to stop improper payments. The “Do Not Pay portal” is now open for business.

Danny Werfel, the controller for the Office of Management and Budget, in an OMB blog post wrote that the overall improper payment rate decreased from 5.5 percent in 2009 to 4.7 percent last year.

Werfel discusses the new tool and how OMB gauges success in its effort to stem the tide of improper payments.

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Also on the show:

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

Facebook partners with antivirus firms on cyber awareness

House approves cyber bill CISPA despite veto threat