In Depth interviews – November 5

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:

Christine SaumDirector of the Urban Design and Plan Review Division, National Capital Planning Commission


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Master plans … comprehensive plans… Adaption planning… It all sounds like something a group of bank robbers would talk about in a movie. But it’s just the parlance of the National Capital Planning Commission.

Christine Saum, the director of the Urban Design and Plan Review Division at the NCPC, joins In Depth to discuss why the federal landscape is about to undergo some big changes — literally.

Ken HerbertAnalyst, Imperial Capital LLC

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The threat of sequestration and an overall push to shrink the federal budget is having an effect on the bottom line at contracting companies.

But some companies are finding ways to make the most of the situation, according to Ken Herbert, an analyst at Imperial Capital.

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

David MaurerDirector of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office

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The Homeland Security Department is still having problems with keeping up morale at the workplace. And those shortcomings are keeping the agency on the Government Accountability Office’s high risk list.

David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss how the morale problem factors into the agency’s place on the high-risk list.

Niels LesniewskiStaff Writer, Roll Call

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Tomorrow’s elections have the potential to change the way your agency operates pretty dramatically. And a handful of congressional elections may impact your agency as much as the race for the White House.

Niels Lesniewski joins In Depth to discuss what committee leadership changes.

Committee leadership changes likely after election (related story)

Also on the show:

Causey: Purple state feds

Va. Senate candidate promotes ‘share-in-savings’ bonus for cost-cutting feds

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

New group strives to clarify, simplify cyber basics for agencies

Following Sandy, DHS seeks security ‘Cyber Reserve’ (CSO Online)