In Depth interviews – October 2

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:

Tom ShoopEditor-in-Chief, Government Executive


The Office of Management and Budget says contractors shouldn’t notify their employees of potential layoffs because of sequestration. They even say they’ll cover any litigation or liability costs for contractors if they follow the notification guidelines set by the Labor Department in July.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive joins In Depth to discuss the guidance the administration is issuing about sequestration and how contractors are reacting.

OMB to contractors: Follow Labor guidance on pre-sequester layoff notices (related link)

Eric BasuPresident, Sentek Global

Planning, not panic. That’s how one small-business owner is looking at dealing with sequestration. In an commentary for the Washington Post, Eric Basu, president of Sentek Global, said the budget situation provides his company “a great opportunity to prepare for such a contingency and stress test our operational and business development processes.”

Basu joines In Depth to share more tips for how small companies can prepare for the cuts.

Small contractor: Sequestration calls for planning, not panic (related link)

Sean MoultonDirector of Federal Information Policy, OMB Watch

Freedom of Information Act requests for several agencies are now available through a new single-stop portal open to the public. FOIAonline is expected to eliminate duplicate requests since it will act as a repository for all FOIA requests.

Sean Moulton, the director of federal information policy at OMB Watch, joins In Depth to discuss how the site will make it easier for citizens to gain access to government information.

New FOIA portal promotes transparency, eases agency interactions (related story)

Also on the show:

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

DISA makes CIO changes official (DoD release)

Secretary Napolitano participates in meeting with members of the HSAC cyberskills task force (DHS release)