In Depth interviews - Feb. 11

Monday - 2/11/2013, 8:40pm 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:

Jane Fountain
Director of the National Center for Digital Government
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Breaking down stovepipes is possible. Working across agencies effectively takes two simple steps, according to a new report by Jane Fountain, director of the National Center for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers (related link)

Cary Russell
Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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The Defense Department needs a plan to monitor contractors helping with the drawdown in Afghanistan. But some military branches haven't figured out how they want to guide their contractors yet, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Cary Russel, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO, joins In Depth to discuss what the Army is doing right that other military branches should emulate.

Alan Chvotkin
Vice President and Counsel
Professional Services Council

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Agency budgets are getting smaller. Planning for those reductions means prioritizing. The Professional Services Council has a list of priorities for 2013. Alan Chvotkin, vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joins In Depth to discuss the group's priorities for 2013. Chvotkin also responds to proposals from federal-employee unions calling for cuts to service contracting to avert federal-employee furloughs under sequestration.

Could cutting service contracts avert sequestration furloughs? (related story)

Miguel Garrido
Analyst
Bloomberg Government

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"Who says what" about the possibility of a sequestration deal means a lot. It's one thing to track those comments. It's a whole new level to graph the power of those words. Miguel Garrido, an analyst at Bloomberg Government, has charted how public figures are discussing the fiscal negotiations.

Sequestration Power Broker Monitor: BGOV Graphic (log-in required)

"Preparing for a Deep Defense Drawdown"
Center for Strategic and International Security

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A CSIS Military Strategy Forum event examining how the Defense Department can prepare for the post-Afghanistan defense drawdown.

Also on the show:

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

Oracle to Release Yet More Patches for Java (CIO magazine)

Panetta nominates Campbell Army vice chief of staff