In Depth Interviews – February 25

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.


Karen Evans
National Director
U.S. Cyber Challenge

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A special treat on the In Depth program today. Karen Evans, the national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge and former E-gov administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, joined Francis Rose as a special co-host and guest throughout the show.

Karen and Francis took some time to discuss how the federal government can build a more robust cyber workforce, the Mandiant report on cyber hacking, risk assessment and attribution, and progress on some of Karen’s signature initiatives including HSPD-12 and the Trusted Internet Connection.

Chase Garwood
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Small Business Administration

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As budgets get tighter, the pressure you feel to run your programs on time and under budget goes up a lot. Francis talks about success stories and techniques with Chase Garwood, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Small Business Administration.

Kevin Concannon
Agriculture Department

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Keeping money that agencies shouldn’t pay has been the gold standard in the fight against improper payments. The Department of Agriculture is cutting off more than 1,000 businesses from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for exploitation and fraud. USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon spoke to Francis about the steps being taken to reduce improper payments.

Evan Lesser
Founder & Managing Director

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No good news for employees with a security clearance. For the first time ever, both average salary and total compensation for clearance professionals fell in the same year, according to a survey from Evan Lesser, founder and managing director of, spoke with Francis about the results of the survey.

Kay Brown
Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Data sharing gets tricky when private information is thrown in the mix. But your agency may have some security tricks up its sleeve that can help state and local agencies do it right, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Francis spoke with Kay Brown, director of education, workforce, and income security issues at GAO, about the results of the agency’s report.

Larry Allen
Allen Federal Business Partners

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Vendors that work with the government are getting anxious about strategic sourcing, but it may be a little early for that. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He tells Francis Rose, companies shouldn’t freak out for no reason at all.

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