On the show today - April 20

Saturday - 4/21/2012, 1:01am EDT

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Today's guests:

Tim McManusVice president, Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service

In an age of shrinking federal budgets and workforces, now is the time when agencies can least afford to hire the wrong people. The Partnership for Public Service says good hires don't happen by accident &mdash they reflect a good strategy, including a strong assessment process. Tim McManus talks to In Depth about building effective assessments.


Tammy FlanaganSenior benefits director, National Institute of Transition Planning

Both houses of Congress are considering bills that would allow federal employees to take partial retirement. Feds would work part-time hours, train newer hires and collect a prorated pension. But while the phased retirement idea has garnered bipartisan support, it isn't clear yet how some aspects of the plan would work. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, shares her observations about the plan with In Depth.


Rep. Mike Turner Congressman (R-Ohio)

This week's hearings on the scandal at the General Services Administration have a lot of people wondering how the agency's going to operate in the future. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and comes by In Depth to explain why the scandal is so important to changing the spending culture at all federal agencies.

More on the shakeup at GSA


Sen. Ben CardinSenator (D-Md.)

GSA officials were called to four hearings in House and Senate committees this week to try to explain how spending abuses in Region 9 were able to go on for so long with no punishment. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) attended the Environment and Public Works committee hearing, and he gave In Depth host Francis Rose his thoughts on the situation.

More on the shakeup at GSA


Also on the show:

Recovery Board is model for governmentwide oversight

Courts shouldn't plumb cloud computing complexities, expert says

Plus, In Depth brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

Pentagon takes steps to fight sexual assaults

Navy okays wind farm near air base

FISMA update grabs bipartisan support in House