In Depth interviews – March 6

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:


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Ranking Member
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

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Streamlining government and cutting costs are priorities for the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Sen.Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) letters to Cabinet secretaries across government include specific examples he thinks they could use to save money. That money would prevent furloughs at their agencies, Coburn contends.

Justin Ganderson
McKenna Long & Aldridge

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A close look at your agency’s mix of employees vs. contractors is one potential source of cost savings during sequestration. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy wants your input on that comparison. Justin Ganderson, an associate at McKenna Long & Aldridge joins In Depth to discuss how agencies approach the cost comparison.

The Office Of Federal Procurement Policy Seeks Comments Regarding The Government’s Cost Comparison Policies That Could Impact Work Available To Contractors (related link)

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

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A bill to fund operations of the government through the end of the fiscal year is through the House. The final vote of 267 to 151 means the Senate will work on the bill next. The White House says it has concerns about the bill, but didn’t say President Obama will veto it. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer says that doesn’t mean the administration painted him and his colleagues into a corner.

House passes spending bill to prevent shutdown, extend pay freeze

Also on the show:

Ask the CIO: Baker leaving VA a transformed IT organization

Mike Causey: Furloughs: Vacation or hard time?

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

Citadel Malware Continues to Deliver Reveton Ransomware in Attempts to Extort Money (FBI)

March Conference Focuses on New Trends in Cybersecurity and Information Security Education (NIST)