In Depth Show Blog – September 30, 2013

On the In Depth show blog, 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.

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:


Sally Katzen
Senior Advisor
Podesta Group

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A potential government shutdown is only a few hours away. But your agency may find it harder to start the government up once Congress makes a deal than to shut it down now. Sally Katzen, senior advisor at the Podesta Group, was administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB during the 1995-96 shutdown and later served as deputy director for management.

Hord Tipton
Executive Director

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Your agency’s chief information security officer has a problem that might not have a solution. The online ecosystem of apps and mobile devices is creating a perfect storm of incoming threats and financial challenges. Hord Tipton, executive director of the information security non-profit (ISC)², is the former chief information officer of the Interior Department.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Your agency’s website may be on the shutdown list along with some of your employees. Agencies are preparing to take websites and IT systems offline if the government shuts down. New guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the General Services lays out those steps. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller is here to tell us what the guidance says.

Paul Druckman
Chairman, Homeland Security Division
National Defense Industrial Association

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The Homeland Security Department’s preparations for shutdown are posted now on Federal News Radio along with the plans for every other federal agency. But DHS may be in worse shape than other agencies. Many executive leadership jobs at the top of the agency are empty or occupied by acting officials. Paul Druckman, chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Homeland Security Division, says job openings at DHS on the eve of a possible shutdown make a bad situation even worse.

Stephen Caldwell
Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Measuring risk helps the Homeland Security Department make decisions to deploy its security resources to secure the country’s supply chain. But some agencies at DHS aren’t getting the

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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The federal government is well on its way towards a shutdown. There’s still a chance to dodge it, but agencies are already preparing for the worst.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Nominations for the 2014 Verne Orr awards are now open to all Air Force Units and organizations through January seventh. The Air Force Association Award recognizes “mission-oriented unit accomplishments and achievements” through the “effective use of human resources.”

Also on the Show:

Today, we listened to highlights from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The committee is looking at the future employee and financial well being at the Postal Service. We also heard highlights from a hearing from Thursday called “Outside the Box: Reforming and Renewing the Postal Service, Promoting a 21st Century Workforce.” The witnesses were Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Chief Executive Officer of the Postal Service Jonathan Foley, Director of Planning and Policy Analysis at the Office of Personnel Management Frank Todisco, Chief Actuary of the Government Accountability Office and Director for Health Care at the GAO John Dicken.

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