In Depth interviews - June 29

Saturday - 6/30/2012, 1:49am 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:

Rom Mascetti Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology Resource Management, Department of Veteran Affairs

In the quest to save agencies money, financial management pros all over government are looking for new solutions. One of them may be the Budget Tracking Tool at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rom Mascetti is the deputy assistant secretary for Information Technology Resource Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He talks to Francis Rose about how the Budget Tracking tool actually works and its potential for cost-savings.


Sopen ShahFinancial Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The cybersecurity marketplace is one the fastest growing portions of federal contracting. That demand is changing the landscape of the Federal contracting market.

Sopen Shah is a financial analyst at Bloomberg Government and she's been looking at how the cyber market has been changing. The co-author of Bloomberg's report "Software Capabilities and Growth Drive Cybersecurity Valuations" talked to In Depth about cybersecurity fixes for government vendors and interesting statistics she found while studying the market.


Tom KearneyProgram Manager of Undersea Weapons, Naval Sea Systems Command

Acquisition professionals in the U.S. Navy saved the government more than two and a half billion dollars last year. The military branch is recognizing 50 of those individuals for their efforts by awarding them with the Navy Acquisition Excellence Award.

One of those winners is Captain Tom Kearney, program manager of undersea weapons for the Naval Sea Systems Command. Francis Rose asked him to describe the work he and his team did with the M-K 54 torpedo and how it led to his award.


Larry CastroManaging Director of the Chertoff Group

Just because you're using something designed in America, doesn't mean you won't be vulnerable when that component is integrated into your network. Supply chains with items made in American still have the potential for plenty of holes.

Larry Castro is Managing Director of the Chertoff Group and served at the National Security Agency for over 30 years. He talked to In Depth about an ongoing controversy regarding a chip designed by a US company, but fabricated by a chip company in China.


Also on the show:

CHCO recommends employee-sharing as budget salve

Federal News Countdown: SES reform, congressional deadlines
John Sawislak, senior fellow Telework Exchange, and Julia Ziegler, Federal News Radio's web manager, count down the top federal news story of the week.