In Depth interviews – September 10

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:

Bill BrownNational President, African American Federal Executives Association


The big step from the General Schedule to the Senior Executive Service is getting a little more manageable. The African American Federal Executives Association’s Fellows program is giving its members a chance to see what the SES is like before they go all in.

Bill Brown, the national president of AAFEA, discusses how the program increases knowledge sharing.

Peter MaassReporter, ProPublica

Cyber crime can cost more than $1 trillion every year. Even the National Security Agency director and head of U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Keith Alexander, mentioned this estimate at an event with the American Enterprise Institute.

But some say the $1 trillion number doesn’t quite add up. Peter Maas, a reporter for ProPublica, authored a report closely analyzing the estimated costs of cyber crimes.

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

Vice Adm. Norbert RyanPresident and CEO, Military Officers Association of America

The Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department have a variety of services for wounded warriors and their families. The Military Officers Association of America and the National Defense Industrial Association will take a look at those services and how to expand and improve them at an event Thursday.

Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan, the president and CEO of the MOAA, joins In Depth to discuss the 2012 Warrior-Family Symposium. Among the speakers will be VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

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

Dan NewhauserStaff writer, Roll Call

Fresh back from their summer recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will start work on the language of the continuing resolution they announced before leaving town.

But what will they likely accomplish? Dan Newhauser, a staff writer at Roll Call, joins In Depth to provide some perspective.

Congress returns for short pre-election session (related story)

Also on the show:

Young, healthy, idealistic and unemployed
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Has the long-feared retirement tsunami hit the federal government? And if so, could the so- called brain drain be a career life-saver for tens of thousands of unemployed or under employed millennials?

DoD launches new database to measure radiation exposure following Japan quake