In Depth interviews – December 17

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:


Howard Risher
Compensation & Benefits Review

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The federal government will save an estimated $4.6 billion in payroll costs if the federal pay freeze extends through 2013. But the cost of a pay freeze may outweigh any potential savings, according to Howard Risher, the editor of Compensation & Benefits Review and a federal-government pay expert.

Analysis: The cost of the pay freeze outweighs the savings (related link)

Robert Shea
Grant Thornton

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A big upgrade for is now up and running. The Office of Management and Budget says it’s the headquarters for all of the government’s performance-related information. Robert Shea, a Principal at Grant Thornton, says the redesign is a big step forward in using data to make agencies accountable.

OMB ratchets up accountability on high-priority goals (related story)

Mike Sullivan
Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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The 2009 Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act included some good intentions for the Defense Department. But the Government Accountability Office says making it actually work is a little tougher. Mike Sullivan, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss how DoD can better monitor weapon acquisition programs.

Link to the GAO report

Also on the show:

Mike Causey: Diet COLAs for everybody?

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

OPM updating computer-matching program (Federal Register)

Department of Defense releases 2013 BAH Rates (DoD)

Admiral Mullen Possible Target of Foreign Cyber Intrusion (Time)