In Depth interviews – May 16

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:

Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.)


The House will begin debate today on the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2013. One key provision would let federal employees under the General Schedule working national security jobs rotate from agency to agency.

Backers believe it will spread best practices and help integrate a fractured system that’s plagued civilian agencies for decades. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) sponsored the original legislation that eventually made its way into this year’s big defense bill. He told Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu it’s a response to an inter-agency process that he thinks is fundamentally broken.

Glenn KluteResearch Health Scientist, Veterans Affairs Department

Robotics, tissue engineering and nanotechnology are some of the most cutting-edge technologies in science. And wounded warriors are seeing the benefits of work the Veterans Affairs Department is doing with all of them, and others.

Dr. Glenn Klute, a research health scientist at VA’s Rehabilitation Research and Development Center for Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering, joins In Depth to discuss a timeline for developing new treatments and some misconceptions people have about prosthetics.

Walking Tall – How New Prosthetics Are Changing The Game (Armed With Science blog)

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive

Your job and your agency’s mission are showing up on the Ppresidential campaign trail. Mitt Romney is starting to talk about his vision for how the federal government would change if he’s elected. Romney said President Barack Obama sees government “as the hero,” while he favors a “simpler, smaller smarter,” government, according to GovExec.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of GovExec, joins In Depth to discuss how the role of government has made an appearance on the campaign trail.

Amb. Kenneth MoorefieldDeputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations, DoD

The Wounded Warrior Regiment’s motto is “Still in the fight.”

And the Defense Department has different ways to help soldiers make an ability out of a disability. Ambassador Kenneth Moorefield, the deputy inspector general for Special Plans & Operations at the Defense Department, oversaw the inspection of Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Program.

The report detailed several initiatives that could be developed into best practices for supporting comprehensive care of wounded warriors. However, the report also noted a number of challenges.

Moorefield tells In Depth about the IG’s recommendations.

Also on the show:

Odierno: Sequestration threatens ‘agile’ force

NASA kicks off SEWP V planning

Air Force names winners of leadership award

Navy names new deputy to Fleet Cyber Command