In Depth interviews – September 28

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:

Tim McManusVice President for Education and Outreach


The top ranks of your agency probably won’t look the same no matter who wins the election in November. A second Obama administration will likely infuse the federal ranks with new leadership in key areas, and a Romney administration would make even more drastic change.

But many observers have complained that the process for nominating and confirming political appointees takes too long and is too cumbersome.

Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss hurdles in the process and how they can be remedied.

Presidential appointees face long, winding road to confirmation (related story)

Cindy AutenGeneral Manager, Telework Exchange

Video conferencing could be your ticket to a shorter work week and help your agency save at least $8 billion, according to a new report from the Telework Exchange and the Blue Jeans Network.

However, despite the survey’s findings on the positive perceptions of video conferencing, an overwhelming majority of respondents — 76 percent — said their agencies are not fully taking advantage of video-conferencing solutions.

Cindy Auten, general manager of the Telework Exchange, joins In Depth to discuss findings from the report .

Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: Sequestration solutions, mobile revolution and declining fed workforce

Five ways to ensure responsible information sharing

Causey: Uncle Sam as Freddy Krueger

In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

New standards to tame how the Air Force develops IT systems (Federal News Radio)

Officials Discuss Cybernet Transformation Efforts (American Forces Press Service