In Depth Show Blog – December 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:


Charles Croom
Vice President, Cyber Security Solutions
Lockheed Martin

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Two million hacked credentials is the latest example of information exfiltration from networks their owners thought were secure. Those organizations were not amateurs, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and others. The threat landscape is changing and your agency’s response must change to keep yourself off that list of compromised organizations. Charles Croom is vice president of Cybersecurity Solutions at Lockheed Martin, former director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and my guest for Industry Chatter today.

Tom Temin
Co-host, Federal Drive
Federal News Radio

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The Office of the Secretary of Defense will look different two years from now than it looks today. OSD will lose about 200 jobs. Tom Temin from the Federal Drive, says it’s a big enough number to send a message.

Rob Burton
Venable LLP

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A rewrite of acquisition policy is supposed to streamline the acquisition process. That rewrite was one of Ashton Carter’s last acts as Deputy Secretary of Defense this week. The new rule stresses accountability throughout all levels of the command chain, and introduces new key decision points. Rob Burton is a federal procurement attorney at Venable LLP.

Tim McManus
Vice President
Partnership for Public Service

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Thousands of your colleagues could leave your agency today. They’re eligible to retire. They just haven’t done it yet. Pay freezes and the shutdown are hitting your agency’s chance to bring in new employees not just keep the ones you have.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is making headway in the backlog of disability claims. The agency’s claims transformation initiative is designed to improve the speed and accuracy of its disability claims process and VA figures show the changes have helped reduce the claims backlog. But outside audits say VA is still struggling to get its most complex cases handled correctly.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Federal employee unions are turning up the heat on congressional negotiators to eliminate cuts to your retirement contributions as part of the compromise. Once again, the American Federation of Government Employees and National Treasury Employees Union are saying enough is enough with the attempts to find savings on the backs of federal employees. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller provides the details on the unions’ concerns and the potential impact on your retirement benefits.

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