In Depth interviews – August 2

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:

Veneece McNeleySmall Business Director, Naval Facilities Engineering Command


One for big business, one for small. That’s how one Navy division is handing out its contract dollars, and it’s helped them earn a prestigious award, the Secretary’s Cup. Veneece McNeley tells Francis Rose how Naval Facilities Engineering Command balances its contracting approach. She says a strong team, training culture and reaching out to community groups and conferences ensures the command has a strong small business program.

Navy Awards Recognize Acquisition Excellence

Alan Paller, Director of Research at the SANS Institute

The power is back on in India after an electric grid failure that left large portions of that country in the dark. Cyber espionage experts say there is no evidence that failure was a cyber attack, but the massive outage is reminder of how vulnerable the U.S. infrastructure could be. Alan Paller discusses the Senate’s delay in voting on cybersecurity legislation and why Congress must act.

Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation (related story)

Larry Allen President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Larry Allen tells In Depth that despite budget cuts, government buyers need to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and that means getting the best value, not necessarily the cheapest price. Allen says buyers need to consider the life-cycle cost including maintenance, parts, and the long-term usefulness of their purchases. You can read his latest newsletter posting on low-priced, technically acceptable purchasing here.

Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation (related story)

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

No more stamps of approval from the Senate for thousands of military and executive branch appointees. A bill to cut down the list of Senate confirmations is headed to the White House for the President’s signature. Tim McManus says this is the beginning of a historic change for filling critical job vacancies and using Senate resources.

Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation (related story)

Also on the show:

Panetta approves plan to lift F-22 flight limits

MicroPact founder talks mobile device security