In Depth interviews – July 24

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:

Kim WeaverDirector of External Affairs


Your Thrift Savings Plan account works a lot like other government functions, in at least one way. Contractors have responsibility for certain parts of administrating the TSP.

Getting an update on those contractors is just one of the things the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board reviewed at its monthly board meeting Monday.

Kim Weaver, the director of external affairs for the TSP, provides In Depth with an overview of the meeting.

Gordon AdamsProfessor of U.S. foreign policy, American University

Photo: AU

The Aerospace Industries Association estimated as many as 1 million jobs would be lost in the private sector if sequestration hits. But not everyone agrees with that analysis.

Gordon Adams, a professor of U.S. foreign policy at American University’s School of International Service and a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, wrote in a blog post: “We’re a long way from ‘doomsday’ and all the political hair tearing, garment rendering, and teeth gnashing.”

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Stan SolowayPresident and CEO, Professional Services Council

Courtesy PSC

A face-to-face meeting with the defense secretary was supposed to put industry at ease about the agency’s preparation and plans for the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.

Stan Soloway, the president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, was one of the industry leaders at the meeting.

Soloway, whose organization helped coordinate the meeting, discusses whether the confab is a sign sequestration will become a reality or rather that some sort of deal can be worked out.

Defense company execs warns of layoffs if cuts go through (related story)

Also on the show:

How managers can salvage training during tight budgets

Report: Lack of encouragement causes agency innovation to fizzle