In Depth interviews – August 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:

Jane JulianoChief of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit, Office of Special Counsel


Overworked and underfunded was the position the Office of Special Counsel found itself in last year. But the OSC has grown stronger and more productive by switching how it manages its cases. Mediation, or alternative dispute resolution, is the new strategy, and it’s helped clear through cases both faster and cheaper.

Jane Juliano, the chief of OSC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit, joins In Depth to discuss the new strategy.

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

The Pathways Program, which launched last month, is designed to make it easier for federal agencies to bring in fresh talent.

The Partnership for Public Service is launching a series of workshops and other planning sessions this to help agencies develop their own Pathways strategies.

Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss the workshops and how they’ll help agencies eventually build a pipeline to new talent.

Pathways offers departments access to fresh talent (related story)

Andrew BorgResearch Director for the Mobility Center of Excellence, Aberdeen Group

Your agency’s bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives are supposed to offer more productivity and lower mobility costs. But a study by the Aberdeen Group found BYOD can actually increase an organization’s operational costs by up to 33 percent. That means it’s time to find a business rationale that doesn’t make BYOD a waste of money.

Andrew Borg, the research director for the Mobility Center of Excellence at the Aberdeen Group, discusses the recent study.

New toolkit aims to start BYOD conversation (related story)

Peter Swirelaw professor at Ohio State University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress

Every agency to some extent has to deal with privacy issues. But whether it’s surveillance drones or migrant-worker records, the federal government doesn’t have a central authority on privacy law that every agency can turn to for guidance.

Peter Swire, a law professor at Ohio State University and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, is the former chief privacy counselor for the Office of Management and Budget.

Swire has proposed creating a Federal Privacy Policy Office to coordinate a unified approach to handling privacy issues.

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily Cybersecurity Update. For more cybersecurity news, click here.

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