In Depth interviews - Jan. 28

Monday - 1/28/2013, 8:10pm EST

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:

Keith Rhodes
Chief Technology Officer, Services and Solutions Group
QinetiQ North America

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Today's weather event wasn't anywhere near the level of a natural disaster. But it can serve as a nice reminder of what kind of bad situations federal managers should be planning for. Keith Rhodes was the Government Accountability Office's first chief technologist and he's now the chief technology officer at QinetiQ North America's Services and Solutions Group. He joins In Depth to discuss how agency managers can prepare their organizations for disaster.

How to prepare for natural disasters (related link)

Danielle Brian
Executive Director
Project on Government Oversight

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President Obama is hearing from two powerful members of Congress about the lack of inspectors general at agencies across government. The Project on Government Oversight has been following the IG gap for a long time. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight, joins In Depth to discuss how systemic a problem the lack of IGs is.

Where Are All the Watchdogs? (related link)

Todd Harrison
Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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Temporary employees are already on their way out at the Defense Department in anticipation of sequestration. And Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter says furloughs will start in April unless Congress fixes sequestration. Todd Harrison, senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joins In Depth to discuss what's next for the Pentagon.

Sequestration effects becoming clear for DoD (related story)

This story is part of Federal News Radio's daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.

Belva Martin
Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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The Defense Department continues to struggle with keeping track of the high-end technology it owns. The Militarily Critical Technologies List is out of date and incomplete, according to a recent Government Accountability Office review. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss the critical technologies list is and why it's important to defense procurement.

DOD Assessment Needed to Determine Requirement for Critical Technologies List (link to the GAO report)

Ron Marks
Senior Fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute
George Washington University

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The Defense Department is announcing plans to hire a huge class of cybersecurity professionals. When DoD is finished hiring, U.S. Cyber Command will have five times as many cyber personnel as they have today. Ron Marks, senior fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and a cyber human capital expert, joins In Dept to discuss DoD's planned cyber hiring spree.

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

Also on the show:

USDA work-life office promotes telework, other flexible programs

Mike Causey: 20 percent pay cut in the cards?

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

Kerry Sees Cyber as 21st Century Nuke (GovInfoSecurity)

Pentagon Solutions: DoD faces many layers of budget challenges (Federal News Radio)