In Depth interviews – Feb. 18

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:

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Al Hunt
Executive Editor
Bloomberg News

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The latest deadline for sequestration is now less than two weeks away, and by the way, Congress is out of town this week. But our first guest this afternoon thinks there’s nonetheless plenty of time to figure out an alternative to sequester, because, step one ought to be simply cancelling that March 1 cliff of spending cuts. Al Hunt joins In Depth to discuss some sequestration alternatives.

Avoiding the Sequester Isn’t Rocket Science (related link)

CIO shakeup at Treasury sign of similar moves at other agencies?

John Slye
Research Analyst

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While it’s true that DoD, like all federal agencies, still doesn’t have an appropriations bill for fiscal 2013, it does have a Defense authorization bill for this year…one thing Congress has managed to pass every year for about the past five decades. As always, there are plenty of federal policy changes in the massive bill. The folks at Deltek have been combing through the legislation to take a look on how it’s going to affect the federal IT market in particular. John Slye, a research analyst there, joins In Depth to discuss the 2013 NDAA.

FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act: Market Implications (related link)

Naba Barkakati
Chief Technologist
Government Accountability Office

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Cyber threats continue to increase and evolve, but the government still has several challenges facing it when it comes to trying to keep federal operations safe. Naba Barkakati, the Government Accountability Office’s chief technologist, joins In Depth to discuss the agency’s latest report on building a federal cybersecurity str

Also on the show:

Work time spent on union activities at a 7-year high for feds

Furloughs pose pitfalls for managers, rank-and-file feds

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

Top 100 arms makers’ arms sales fall in 2011 (Reuters)

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn on the timeline of defense sequestration planning (Pentagon Solutions)