In Depth interviews – August 31

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:

Owen BarwellManaging Director, Grant Thornton


Agencies are finding ways to cut costs left and right. But what might be more impressive is that they’re actually talking about it.

In the past, fear of potential budget cuts forced agencies to shy away from reporting their cost savings. Now things look a little different, says Owen Barwell, a managing director at Grant Thornton.

GSA expects $11M savings from travel, conference cuts (related story)

Marvin BondEditor, Recreation News

If you don’t have any good ideas for what to do this weekend, never fear.

Marvin Bond, the editor of Recreation News, has some great ideas for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend.

Rear Adm. Jamie BarnettSenior Vice President of Academic Programs and Research, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Cyber threats are everywhere, but some of the worst come from the parts your computer is made out of. Components infected with malware are poisoning the world’s supply chain. Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett, the senior vice president of Academic Programs and Research at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, discusses a recent report on weak links in the communications supply chain.

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

Ryan GallucciDeputy Director of National Legislative Service, VFW

Any amount of military suicides is too much. But thanks to an executive order signed today, troops are getting access to hundreds more peer-to-peer counselors and more than 1,000 mental health professionals.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization said it “fully supports the President’s vision,” but remains concerned about funding shortfalls.

Ryan Gallucci, the deputy director of VFW’s National Legislative Service, joins In Depth to discuss the executive order.

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

Roger WaldronPresident, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is trying to improve how it manages its Multiple Award Schedule program, but it might be destroying what makes it valuable in the first place.

Specifically, GSA wants to limit continuous open seasons for some schedule solicitations. Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, joins In Depth to discuss GSA’s effort.

John JumperChairman and CEO, SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation, one of the largest government contractors, has announced plans to split into two independent public companies.

John Jumper, SAIC’s chairman and CEO, said the spinoff would allow both companies to compete in the federal space unimpeded by organizational conflict-of-interest rules.

In an exclusive interview, Jumper discusses the planned split, which is expected to take place in the second half of fiscal 2013.

Read more: SAIC to split into 2 companies

Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: GOP platform, FEMA funding and sequestration
Jeff Neal, the senior vice president president at ICF International, and Rob Burton, a partner with Venable law firm, count down the top federal news story of the week.