In Depth interviews – November 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:

Susan TanakaVice President of Research, Peter G. Peterson Foundation


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Possible solutions to sequestration are all over the place and they come in many different shapes and sizes. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation has organized a group called the Solutions Initiative II. The program consists of organizations from across the ideological spectrum, tasked with coming up with plans “for resolving the the fiscal cliff impasse and putting the nation on a sustainable long-term fiscal path.”

Susan Tanaka, vice president of research at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, joins In Depth to discuss the initiative.

Steve KelmanProfessor of Public Management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

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Knowing the FAR — the Federal Acquisition Regulations — is just the start to success in contract management. Management knowledge is essential too.

Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and former administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, joins In Depth to discuss why he believes the management part of contract management has been getting short shrift until recently.

Contracting professionals need far more than FAR (related link)

Michael HorowitzJustice Department Inspector General

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The Justice Department has a list of challenges compiled it needs to overcome to stay effective in the future. The list was compiled by the agency’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz.

He joins In Depth to discuss the No. 1 challenge for the agency as well as other issues it faces .

Top Management and Performance Challenges in the Department of Justice – 2012

Adam MilesPolicy Director, Office of Special Counsel

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President Barack Obama’s signature is finally on a new whistleblower protection bill, after lawmakers and watchdog groups pushed for its passage for 13 years.

Adam Miles, the Office of Special Counsel’s policy director, joins In Depth to discuss what the new law means for OSC.

President signs whistle-blower bill for US workers (related story)

Also on the show:

Pentagon Solutions: Sequestration becoming likely scenario

Causey: The end is near, seriously!

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

TSA drops ‘insider threat’ label from spyware buy (Nextgov)

CyberCity allows government hackers to train for attacks (Washington Post)

Players in budget war game plot $500B in Defense cuts (Federal News Radio)