In Depth interviews – November 13

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, GovExec


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A hiring freeze could be right on the heels of the current pay freeze. And for some agencies it’s already arrived.

Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of GovExec, joins In Depth to discuss why a federal civilian hiring freeze could take center stage in deficit-reduction negotiations.

Link to GovExec’s Fedblog

Humberto SanchezStaff writer, Roll Call

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Today is Congress’ first day back, and already the lame-duck session is shaping up to be busier than most. Between sequestration, cybersecurity legislation and leadership nominations, Congress has plenty of work to do.

Humberto Sanchez, a staff writer at Roll Call joins In Depth to discuss what’s on lawmakers’ must-do list.

Alan ChvotkinExecutive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council

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The Pentagon’s plan for Better Buying Power 2.0 is out today.

Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter and Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall released the revamped strategy at the Pentagon. (See initial details here).

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joins In Depth to discuss what vendors think of the new guidance, so far, and whether any of the group’s recommendations made it into the final guidance.

Also on the show:

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

FBI launches science and technology branch (

Pentagon Solutions: DoD’s Wennergren on innovation, leadership (Federal News Radio)

US Congress looks into data brokerage privacy policies (InfoSecurity magazine)

Better Buying Power 2.0 – Livetweeting the release of DoD’s new acquisition strategy (Federal News Radio)