In Depth Show Blog – April 5, 2013

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:


Jim Ghiloni
Director, OASIS Program Office
General Services Administration

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Two requests for proposals are out for the General Services Administration’s OASIS contract — one for all contractors and the other for small businesses only. The much-anticipated contract vehicle will provide program management services, management consulting services, logistics services, engineering services, scientific services, and financial services. Jim Ghiloni, director of the OASIS Program Office at GSA, gave Francis the details on the RFPs.

Related Story: GSA’s OASIS contract is in the red zone and driving

Tammy Flanagan
Senior Benefits Director
National Institute of Transition Planning

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April is Financial Literacy Month, which makes it a perfect time to bolster what you know about your own investments in the Thrift Savings Plan. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning (NITP), offered Francis some tips for feds trying to manage their investments.

READ TAMMY’S COLUMN: Understanding Your TSP Options

Steve Lynott
1901 Group

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An outdated IT security system is a huge liability for your agency. And what may look like a technology problem could actually be an economic problem. Steve Lynott is a principal at 1901 Group. His group took a look at federal IT spending across government. In a new book, The Economics of IT, 1901 Group laid out the key trends and ratios in IT spending across agencies.

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From Our Reporters:

  • When it comes to preventing suicides, the Army believes it often has enough information on at-risk soldiers to spot them ahead of time and intervene before they take their own lives. The trouble is that information isn’t shared between various Army components and commands. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports on an Army IT program that aims to fix that. Read Jared’s story and listen to his report.
  • In his first policy speech since taking office, Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel offered a stern warning about how his agency will operate moving forward. Francis talked with Federal Drive Host Tom Temin about the tone of Hagel’s speech. Listen to the interview.
  • Sequestration furloughs are no laughing matter. But they may not turn out to be quite as bad as some predictions indicated. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says if you got all ruffled about sequestration, it might be partly our fault. Read Mike’s column and listen to his interview with Francis.
  • The first listening session to implement President Barack Obama’s executive order on cybersecurity is complete and two central themes are emerging. One — collaboration must underlie the entire process to create the cybersecurity framework. Two — the framework must go beyond the basics of managing security risks. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller spoke with Francis about the details on the emerging cyber order roadmap. Read his article and listen to his interview with Francis.
  • The combined effects of sequestration and internal cost growth inside the Pentagon mean, within the next 10 years, most of the agency’s money will go to just two budget categories — military personnel, and operations and maintenance. Read DoD reporter Jared Serbu’s article and listen to his report.

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