In Depth interviews – Feb. 15

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:


Tim McManus
Vice President for Education and Outreach
Partnership for Public Service

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Your agency has a hiring problem. Last month, more than 22,000 federal employees filed retirement claims. The challenge now is finding strong entry-level employees. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach, joins In Depth to discuss why agencies are struggling to find new employees.

Greg Garcia
Garcia Cyber Partners

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The White House’s Executive Order on cybersecurity is in full swing. Agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technologies are already getting ready for their new responsibilities. Greg Garcia , principal of Garcia Cyber Partners, shares his take on the finalized cyber executive order.

White House issues cyber order giving NIST, DHS lead roles

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

Dan Gordon
Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law
George Washington University Law School

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Interagency contracting is one of two programs off the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list. GAO says the risks of using interagency contracting vehicles is a lot lower now. Dan Gordon, former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, joins In Depth to discuss how agencies improved.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
House Minority Whip

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The House is sending a pay freeze bill to the Senate. The bill would freeze federal-employee pay for the rest of 2013. But House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says the bill is a bad idea and a bad waste of time.

House votes to extend pay freeze for federal workers (related link)

Gordon Adams
Professor of International Relations
American University

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Civilian agencies are starting to feel the sequestration fallout. The Office of Management and Budget says hundreds of thousands of employees could be furloughed. Gordon Adams joins In Depth to discuss the sequestration planning.

Full sequestration coverage