In Depth interviews – Feb. 4

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 Hoechst
Chief Technology Officer

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At some point in your federal career you’ve probably carried a BlackBerry. But their market share in government is shrinking. Tim Hoescht, chief technology officer at Agilex, joins In Depth to discuss whether the new BlackBerry model can help the company reverse that trend.

BlackBerry 10 Better and More Secure, But Not Good Enough (related link)

Tom Donnelly
Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies
American Enterprise Institute

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Defense spending is getting the blame for dragging down GDP. And the larger cuts in defense spending haven’t even started yet. Tom Donnelly, the co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, joins In Depth to discuss DoD’s influence on the economy.

Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter – and killed GDP (related link)

This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Randy Williamson
Director of Health Care Issues
Government Accountability Office

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As the military prepares for women in more forward-leaning roles, the health care they require becomes even more critical. Women will perform the same jobs as men, but they’ll need gender-specific health care, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Randy Williamson, director of health care issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss the watchdog agency’s latest report.

Diane Cochran
HR consultant

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Most of your colleagues don’t think your agency does a very good job of getting rid of poor performers. Some new research from the Merit Systems Protection Board shows more than two-thirds of federal employees also don’t think managers can get rid of unnecessary jobs and programs. Diane Cochran, a human resources consultant, and former deputy associate director of the Office of Personnel Management, joins In Depth to discuss the report’s findings.

Feds skeptical of managers’ ability to cut deadwood (related story)

Also on the show:

Health IT initiatives aim to solve ‘little data’ challenges

Furloughs, paychecks & pensions

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

Broad Powers Seen for Obama in Cyberstrikes (The New York Times)

EU To Set Out Proposals For New Rules on Cybersecurity (Fox Business)

Panetta names Helvey deputy assistant secretary for East Asia (Defense Department)