In Depth interviews – November 6

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:

Patrick LesterDirector of Federal Fiscal Policy, OMB Watch


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While Congress will ultimately determine if sequestration happens, the Office of Management and Budget can delay some of the pain from the steep cuts — at least for a little while.

That’s the conclusion from a recent report by OMB Watch, an independent watchdog group.

Patrick Lester, director of federal fiscal policy at OMB Watch, joins In Depth to discuss how OMB can use “apportionment” authority to blunt the immediate impact of the cuts.

Tom ShoopEditor-in-chief, GovExec

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Two candidates… two plans… one Oval Office. Even if tomorrow is just another Wednesday, the future of the federal government is now.

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of GovExec, joins In Depth to discuss the election’s impact on federal employees and how President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney differ in management styles.

Romney: Not One More Bureaucrat (related link)

Obama Faults Congress on Streamlining Government (related link)

Brian FrielReporter, Bloomberg Government

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If you’re a contractor that wants to offer services with the federal cleanup for Hurricane Sandy, it might already be too late to get any business, according to analysis by Brian Friel, a Bloomberg Government reporter.

Friel joins In Depth to discuss the types of contracts the government looks for before, during and after a natural disaster and how far in advance contractors need to set up emergency services to do business with the government.

FEMA, Corps Keep Disaster Contractors on Standby (Related link — requires subscription)

Also on the show:

Presidential transition teams spring into action

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

New online game trains kids against cyber attacks (

Pentagon Inspector General to Probe Overclassification (Secrecy News)