In Depth Show Blog – May 13, 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.

Bruce Barkley
Report Author, ‘Developing Senior Executive Capabilities to Address National Priorities’
IBM Center for the Business of Government


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A redesign of the Senior Executive Service is overdue, according to a lot of experts that study the federal workforce. Bruce Barkley , who teaches public administration and program management at the Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta, Ga., is the author of a new report on the SES.

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David Vollman
Staff Ophthalmologist
Veterans Health Administration

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Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in adults over 55. In the government community, over 50,000 cataract surgeries are performed each year at Veterans Affairs health facilities alone. However, doctors currently are unable to track the outcomes of such surgeries. Dr. David Vollman, an ophthalmologist with the St. Louis VA Medical Center, is trying to change that. He started a pilot program that is leading to the creation of a national VA database of cataract surgeries. Vollman has been nominated for a Service to America Medal for his work. Francis spoke to him about what he hopes his work will accomplish.

Editor’s Note: Federal News Radio will interview each of the Service to America Medal finalists over the coming months.

View a full list of Service to America Medal finalists.

Hord Tipton
Executive Director

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A cyber attack can come from anywhere. It’s a problem of global proportions and your agency has to stay on constant alert to protect itself and the country. But it doesn’t need to tackle the problem by itself. Recently, (ISC)2 held a two-day conference looking at the importance of cyber collaboration. Hord Tipton, executive director of (ISC)2, spoke with Francis about the biggest themes that came out of the event.

Jim Phillips
Executive Vice President
Centre Consulting

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Partnering on contracts sometimes works like dating. Sometimes the relationship is fantastic. Sometimes, they’re just not that into you. And sometimes you wind up in court. Jim Phillips , executive vice president of Centre Consulting, joins In Depth to discuss.

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Larry Allen
Allen Federal Business Partners

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A big drop in contracting at the Defense Department is scaring some folks in the defense industrial base. But some people say they’re not worried about it at all. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins In Depth to discuss how industry views the recent drop in contract spending.

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From Our Reporters:

  • The retirement debate in the federal government revolves around the plans you and your colleagues make to retire. But a new discussion may be evolving around whether you should retire at all right now. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes about this in his column today. He joined Francis to discuss the downsides to retirement that he says people must thing about before pulling the plug. Listen to the interview.
  • and are once again available to users of all Internet browsers. Last week, a cyber attack forced both websites to shutdown access via the Internet Explorer browser. Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke to the key players involved in resolving the issue. He told Francis what he found out about the attack and what was done to fix the vulnerabilities. Read Jason’s article on the incident and listen to his interview with Francis.

More News:

  • OPM to tackle equal pay in government
  • Federal buildings renamed for Clinton, Bush, O’Neil
  • A slimmer and more transparent system to verify veteran-owned small businesses working for the Department of Veterans Affairs could be on the way. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is reviewing the rules of the VA’s verification program. They’re asking for comments and suggestions on ways to improve the VA program.
  • Jenny Yang was sworn in today as Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Yang was nominated by President Barack Obama on Aug. 2, 2012, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 25, 2013, to serve a term expiring July 1, 2017.