In Depth Show Blog – March 29

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today’s guests:


Federal News Countdown
Fridays at 3 p.m.

Karen Evans, former administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology and now the national director of U.S. Cyber Challenge, helps “In Depth” host Francis Rose count down the top federal news stories of the week.

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

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You can make a big change at your agency right before you leave a job. The Office of Personnel Management has an exit survey for the Senior Executive Service to help OPM understand why you’re leaving. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss what the surveys could tell OPM.

OPM searches for candid answers from departing SES members (related story)

Steve Koprince
Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird

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Contracting programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs bypass the same people the VA is supposed to help. Veteran-owned small businesses say they’re getting stuck in an overly complicated bureaucracy. Steve Koprince, a Partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird, joins In Depth to discuss the hurdles faced by veteran-owned small businesses.

Groups say veteran-owned contracting still broken (related story)

Todd Rosenblum
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs

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Homeland security is just as important to the Defense Department as its overseas operations. DoD has a seven-year plan to help its home operations be more cost efficient. Todd Rosenblum, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, joins In Depth to discuss the new strategy.

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From Our Reporters:

  • DoD Reporter Jared Serbu on the revised furlough timeline at the Pentagon … (Click here to read his report).
  • It’s the end of an era. Tom Burbage, general manager of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, has been the face of the Lightning-2 for Lockheed Martin since the program began shortly after 9/11. Today is his last day on the job. He addressed the media this week for a final reflection on his last 12 years. Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson was at the event. Listen to her report.

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