In Depth interviews – September 14

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:

Larry AllenDirector, Allen Federal Business Partners


General Services Administration Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini is promising changes at his agency. He already has a new leader on the Federal Buildings Service, and he recently told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he’s looking at the fees the agency charges.

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners tells In Depth he’s not surprised the agency is rethinking its fee structure.

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

Last night the winners of the Service to America Medal award received their honors at a fancy gala event in D.C. In attendance was Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, which sponsors the awards ceremony.

McManus joins In Depth to discuss the awards program last night’s ceremony.

Service to America winners announced, NIH employee named Fed of the Year (related story)

Michael SchmittChairman and Professor of International Law, U.S. Naval War College

Defending against a cyber attack is just one part of dealing with cyber challenges around the world. Response is a facet of cyber warfare that is still in the formative stage.

Professor Michael Schmitt, the chairman and and professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, leads NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence. The center recently published a legal framework for cyber warfare.

Bob SudaPresident of Suda and Associates

The General Services Administration is streamlining its IT and human resources divisions. GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini also said the agency is looking for ways to cut fees at the Federal Acquisition Service.

Bob Suda, the president of Suda and Associates and a veteran of the CFO and IT shops at GSA, joins In Depth to discuss the reforms at GSA.

GSA praised for steps to reform culture, organization (related story)

Bill BransfordPartner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

A district court judge has put a hold on a provision STOCK Act that would have required some 28,000 senior federal employees to publish their financial information online.

The hold comes as a response to a lawsuit filed by the Senior Executives Association. Bill Bransford, a partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth and the general counsel of the Senior Executives Association, one of the groups that brought the lawsuit, joins In Depth to discuss the case.

Court puts temporary hold on STOCK Act reporting requirement (related story)

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