In Depth interviews - June 18

Tuesday - 6/19/2012, 1:53am 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:

Jeff NealSenior Vice President, ICF International

Ron SandersSenior Executive Adviser, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ron Sanders (L) and Jeff Neal (R)

The two former federal human-capital experts joined In Depth with Francis Rose for a conversation about leadership and management at federal agencies.

Are agencies developing true leaders or simply promoting technical experts?

Click here to read Sanders' commentary, "Closing the Leadership Deficit."


Ginger GroeberPresident of Exfed

More veterans are coming home and looking for jobs. The website ExFederal.com is adding more opportunities for those vets, through work with the Wounded Warriors Project, the Military Officers Association of America and other groups.

Ginger Groeber, the president of Exfed and a former deputy undersecretary of Civilian Personnel Policy at the Defense Department, discusses how the site worked with those groups and what vets seeking work can look for in the future.

View Groeber's previous In Depth appearance.


Jacob TaylorPhysicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Better medical imaging and fitting more data through an Internet pipe may seem like completely different jobs. But Jacob Taylor, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, works on both.

The projects he's working on have earned him selection as a finalist for a Service to America Medal in the "call to service" category.

Read the full interview


Hord TiptonExecutive Director, (ISC)

(Courtesy ISC(2))

You can do lots of mechanical things to make your network and your data more secure. But one of the best protections is to work on minimizing insider threats.

Hord Tipton, the executive director of (ISC) and the former chief information officer at the Interior Department, discusses what causes employees to go rogue and become the insider threat.

Tipton also offers advice to senior-level executives to better understand and interact with their information-security employees.

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily Cybersecurity Update. For more cybersecurity news, click here.


Marion BlakeyPresident and CEO, Aerospace Industries Association

The Obama administration has said over and over again, it's not planning for the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration, to take effect January 2.

But defense contractors appear to already be planning for smaller budgets, and some are even admitting it.

Marion Blakey, the president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, discusses why the contracting community is abuzz about sequestration.

Click here to read the full story


Margaret HarrellSenior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program, Center for a New American Security

Agencies across government are working to hire more veterans. Understanding the barriers from the industry's point of view will speed up the process for all the stakeholders — the veterans, the government and business, according to a new report from the Center for a New American Security.

Dr. Margaret Harrell, a senior fellow and the director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at CNAS, joins In Depth with a detailed look at what businesses think about hiring veterans.

Click here for the full story.