In Depth interviews – November 30

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:

Rep. Bennie Thompson


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As thing winds down in the 112th Congress, some members point to what the priorities of the 113th session should be. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller spoke with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee in our “Congressional Spotlight.”

Thompson discussed a letter he sent to prospective leaders of the committee.

Rep. King to relinquish chair, Rep. Thompson queries three potential replacements (related link)

Tammy FlanaganSenior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

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It’s that time of year again — open season. Tammy Flanagan, the senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, joins In Depth to provide five top tips for Open Season.

Tammy’s GovExec blog

More Open Season news

Trey HodgkinsSenior Vice President and Leader of TechAmerica’s Global Public Sector team

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The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), aims to bring federal IT back to its core values. But as much as the process needs to refocus it should also keep an eye on the future, many on the industry side say.

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of TechAmerica and leader of the group’s global public sector team, joins In Depth, to discuss the group’s concerns with the bill.

Key Industry Groups Register Concerns with Issa Government IT Acquisition Reform Bill (related link)

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

Eric CrusiusSenior Attorney, Centre Law Group

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Say sequestration happens and the automatic budget cuts fall across the government. Knowing how to manage your agency’s contracts could help a lot during that time. And the same goes for contractors themselves.

Eric Crusius, joins In Depth to discuss his five (tongue-in-cheek) reasons Congress hasn’t dealt with sequestration yet and some real-world advice to agencies for managing their contracts during the uncertanty.

Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: VA hearing, fed morale and DoD budget

GSA to phase out portal

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

DOD to Host Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium

SEC names new CISO