In Depth interviews - Feb. 1

Friday - 2/1/2013, 7:56pm 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:

Mariana Pardo
Director of HUBZone
Small Business Administration

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The Small Business Administration wants to grow the amount of federal contracting dollars that go to HUBZone-certified small businesses. Mariana Pardo, director of the HUBZone program at the Small Business Administration, joins In Depth to discuss what is being done to make sure businesses that say they're small actually are.

Tim McManus
Vice President for Education and Outreach
Partnership for Public Service

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The Office of Personnel Management is changing the way it does business with your agency. Policy offices will deal with agency questions and issues instead of human capital officers. Tim McManus, vice president for education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service joins In Depth to discuss what the change means for federal agencies.

Ron Neumann
President
American Academy of Diplomacy

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An explosion at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara Turkey has Federal employee security in the spotlight again. Secretary of State John Kerry's first day in office now includes questions about what's next for security in the Foreign Service corps. Retired ambassador Ron Neumann joins In Depth to discuss embassy security around the world.

Barbara Thompson
Director, Office for Family Policy, Children and Youth
Defense Department

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Military members who want to work on advanced degrees have a new choice, thanks to the Military Academic Advancement Program. The new program is a partnership of the Defense Department and the Agriculture Department. Barbara Thompson, director of DoD's Office for Family Policy/Children and Youth joins In Depth to discuss why the project is important.

DOD, USDA Partner in 'Win-win' Distance Learning Program (related story)

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Bill Woods
Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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A seven-year quest to smooth the wrinkles in interagency contracting may be paying some dividends. Action from the Office of Procurement Policy and the General Services Administration is getting a thumbs-up from the Government Accountability Office. Bill Woods, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss the progress the federal government has made on interagency contracting.

DoD slow to codify some interagency contracting standards (related story)

Andrew Biggs
Resident scholar
American Enterprise Institute

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Your federal pay and benefits haven't been getting much attention on Capitol Hill lately. But they may still be on the congressional bargaining table. Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins In Depth to provide his take on federal pay and benefits.

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David Hawkings
Editor
CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing

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Steven Chu says he's leaving the Energy Department. John Kerry is taking over at the State Department. And Chuck Hagel is through his confirmation hearing to become Defense Secretary. David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, joins In Depth to discuss the recent personnel happenings.

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Federal News Countdown: Mobility, Section 508 update and sequestration worries

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

FBI is increasing pressure on suspects in Stuxnet inquiry (The Washington Post)