In Depth Show Blog – April 17

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:


Seth Harris
Acting Secretary
Labor Department

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Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris joins In Depth to discuss the expanded services for veterans included in President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget proposal. Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service helps veterans transition to civilian employment.

Kevin Plexico
Vice President of Research

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Clouds of uncertainty are covering the budget landscape all across government — and industry. Debate over three different budget frameworks at the same time means even more uncertainty. Kevin Plexico, vice president of research at Deltek, joins In Depth to discuss the organization’s “Clarity Government Contracting Survey.”

Jason Healey
Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative
Atlantic Council

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Preparations for cyber catastrophes expose where agencies still need to improve their organization’s cyber plan. The Atlantic Council is analyzing the results of its “Cyber 9-12 Project: Cyber Statecraft after Catastrophes” event last week. Jason Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council, joins In Depth to discuss the conference.

David Patterson
Executive Director
University of Tennessee’s National Defense Business Institute

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The Defense Department is working toward a 2017 deadline to be ready for a full financial audit. But not everyone agrees that’s a necessary goal for the agency. David Patterson, is the executive director of the National Defense Business Institute at the University of Tennessee, and former principal deputy under secretary of Defense (comptroller). He joins In Depth to discuss DoD’s audit readiness.

Paul Rosenzweig
Visiting Fellow
Heritage Foundation

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Cyber legislation is a work in progress in Congress — and it has been for a while. But one plan would make it much simpler than Congress seems to think it is. Paul Rosenzweig, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, joins In Depth to discuss the various cyber bills on the Hill.

House approves FISMA modernization bill, two other cyber bills (related story)

Greg Garcia
Garcia Cyber Partners

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Three cyber bills are through the House of Representatives. But the Senate wants a different approach, and President Barack Obama says he’ll veto a bill the House hasn’t even voted on yet. In the meantime, your agency still has work to do. Greg Garcia, principal at Garcia Cyber Partners and former assistant secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at the Homeland Security Department, joins In Depth to discuss the various cyber bills on the Hill.

House approves FISMA modernization bill, two other cyber bills (related story)

Also on the show:

From Our Reporters:

  • Jason Miller on how the Office of Federal Procurement Policy plans to expand the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative … (Click here to read his report)
  • DoD Reporter Jared Serbu on why the Defense Department’s research and development programs are feeling the burn of sequestration … (Click here to read his report).

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