In Depth interviews - May 24

Thursday - 5/24/2012, 8:41pm 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:

Kevin PageDeputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services General Services Administration

Want to send your agency into space? There's a contract schedule for that.

The General Services Administration has satellite communications technology available a number of different ways, thanks to work they've done with an unlikely partner.

Kevin Page, the deputy assistant commissioner in the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the General Services Administration, discussed the ways GSA is helping agencies expand their commercial satellite options.


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

The Veterans Affairs Department has rolled out a new new tool — MyCareer@VA — which helps the agency attract new talent.

The new tool allows employees to chart out their VA careers and identify gaps in training or requirements in order to move up the General Schedule ladder.

The new tool is also helping agencies with retention says Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service.

McManus joins In Depth to discuss how the new program works and how it's benefiting agencies.


Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.)

Teaming and partnerships are a staple of federal contracting. Now, a group of lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress is trying to make it easier for small businesses to do more business without losing their status.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), along with Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.), introduced the Small Business Fairness Act of 2012.

The bill allows business to pool together their resources to compete for larger contracts and still be allowed to keep their small, minority or disadvantaged status.


Also on the show:

White House looking for a few 'bad asses' to kick-start 5 projects
The Presidential Innovation Fellows program will bring 15 experts into government to work on specific programs aimed at improving citizen-government interaction. According to Todd Park, federal chief technology officer, the administration has a certain kind of person in mind for the job openings. "What we are looking for are bad-ass innovators," he said.

Greener bases depend on future BRAC rounds
With more than 300,000 buildings and 2 billion square feet of building space, the Defense Department is looking for ways to consolidate space and energy use by shifting to greener, more walkable military bases.

State, CIA, FBI rank high as ideal employer, college students say
A survey of nearly 60,000 college students found some federal agencies rank high as ideal employers. Among IT students, the FBI, NASA, the National Security Agency and the Defense Department ranked in the top 20. Among students who studied liberal arts or the humanities, the State Department the Peace Corps ranked highly.