In Depth interviews - May 11

Saturday - 5/12/2012, 1:23am EDT

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today's guests:

Tyler RobinsonDirector of Research, Young Government Leaders

Many changes could be coming to federal pay and benefits. The House voted to increase federal employees' retirement contributions, effectively cutting federal take-home pay by 5 percent.

But will those changes keep more younger workers from going fed?

Tyler Robinson, the director of research at Young Government Leaders joined In Depth to discuss whether pay freezes and cuts has deterred young people from seeking federal employment.


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

Your agency now has a "pathway" to attracting talent for the future.

The Office of Personnel Management officially released this week the Pathways program for recruiting students and recent college graduates.

Tim McManus, the vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, joins In Depth to discuss how the new plan will help agencies attract new talent.

The Partnership is also holding an event May 23 titled "Creating Pathways to Success: Developing and Guiding Talent at Your Agency," that aims to help federal managers develop training mechanists to attract, educate and retain employees.


Rob BurtonPartner, Venable law firm

Joe Jordan, the former contracting chief at the Small Business Administration, defended his qualifications to serve as the head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at his confirmation hearings this week.

Some senators questioned whether he had enough experience for the job. Jordan has less experience than the previous five OFPP administrators and his predecessor Dan Gordon spent 20 years in federal procurement.

Rob Burton, a partner at the Venable law firm and a former deputy administrator and acting administrator at OFPP, joins In Depth to discuss what the next OFPP administrators needs in the way of experience.


Jaime GraciaPresident and CEO of Seville Government Consulting

Transparency in service contracting has become a problem across government. For example, the Defense Department has struggled even to put together an inventory its service contracts.

But the solution may be relatively easy, according to Jaime Gracia, the president and CEO of Seville Government Consulting.

"This is a 'big data' problem, as the requirements for transparency are not possible given the current data collection processes and systems anywhere," Gracia wrote in a post on the Federal Contractor Network.

GAO: Lack of guidance stymies efforts to review DoD service contracts

Army tries to improve and cut back on service contracting


Also on the show:

Federal News Countdown: IG vacancies, mythbusting, DoD budget
Jeff Koch, associate partner at IBM and former portfolio manager in the E-Gov office at the Office of Management and Budget, and Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Grassley criticizes IRS for dragging feet on whistleblower cases

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

Cyber Command official says agency has capacity to disrupt critical infrastructure

DoD expands cyber info-sharing pilot with defense companies