In Depth interviews – Jan. 2

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:


Karen Evans
National Director
U.S. Cyber Challenge

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Building a solid IT strategy is one of the hardest challenges in government. But it’s also one of the most important. Karen Evans, the national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge and the former E-Government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, says the strategic use of IT should be the No. 1 priority for agency technology managers this year.

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Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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Congress has passed legislation to delay sequestration for two more months. But whether or not it’s still enough time to work out a budget remains to be seen. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive, joins In Depth to discuss the latest developments.

Sequester delayed for two months; pay freeze extension still possible (related story)

Guy Timberlake
Co-founder/Chief Visionary Officer
American Small Business Coalition

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Contracting companies can turn to volumes of data on current market research to help with contracting.

Guy Timberlake, co-founder and chief visionary officer of the American Small Business Coalition, says the top priority for companies should be better leveraging the resources already at their disposal.

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Dave McClure
Associate Administrator of Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
General Services Administration

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At the heart of your agency’s move to the cloud is FedRAMP, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The General Services Administration says agencies are lining up to take advantage of FedRAMP services and GSA recently certified the first company offering cloud-computing services as meeting the requisite security requirements.

Dave McClure, GSA’s Associate Administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, joins In Depth to discuss the FedRAMP certification process.

Dan Chenok
Executive Director
IBM Center for the Business of Government

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The federal government will face an array of issues and challenges this year. But Dan Chenok, the executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, says a focus on strategy planning – at the beginning of the year – will save federal managers a few headaches further down the road.

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Also on the show:

Pentagon Solutions: Longstanding challenges plague federal acquisition personnel

Mike Causey: New Years’ resolutions for G-men and women

Upcoming Live Chat: Charlie Armstrong, CIO, CBP

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

Hackers obtain personal information of Fort Monmouth personnel (Associated Press)

AER scholarships available for families of Soldiers (