In Depth interviews – November 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 guest:

Joe WaddellDirector of Acquisition Management, National Nuclear Security Administration


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Strategic sourcing probably isn’t a new term for most federal executives. But even if it’s not part of the game-plan yet, it’s hard to deny the success some agencies are having with it.

Joe Waddell, the director of acquisition management at the National Nuclear Safety Administration, joins In Depth to discuss the savings his agency has seen by implementing strategic sourcing.

NNSA Saves More Than $519M Through Strategic Sourcing (related link)

Tammy FlanaganSenior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

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Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joins In Depth to discuss the age-old question of the best day to retire.

In a GovExec column, Flanagan provided a checklist for making sure feds are ready to retire.

Flanagan joins In Depth to discuss more retirement tips.

Rick GeritzChair of Cyber Maryland

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Cyber Security Month is over but that doesn’t mean it’s a passing concern. The problem of IT security is really coming into focus now and at the forefront is a Beltway neighbor.

Rick Geritz, the chair of Cyber Maryland, joins In Depth to discuss the work his organization does.

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

Rob BurtonPartner at Venable Law Firm

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Like their federal executive counterparts across government, chief acquisition officers are busy. But it looks like CAOs are having a hard time juggling their priorities.

Rob Burton, former acting administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and now a partner at Venable, told FCW that this juggling of priorities means some responsibilities fall off the radar .

CAOs: Juggling as a job skill (related link)

Kim WeaverDirector of External Affairs, Federal Thrift Investment Board

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Kim Weaver, director of external affairs for the Federal Thrift Investment Board, joins In Depth to recap the performance of the Thrift Savings Plan for the month of October.

The TSP took a bit of a dip last month, with all of the Lifecycle Funds posting in the red.

Lifecycle Funds down as October TSP returns dip (related story)

Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: Fed response to Sandy and agency collaboration

Causey: Hurricane holiday with Marlon Brando (?)

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

Health care group puts focus on current cybersecurity efforts (Nextgov)