3:45 pm, April 28, 2015

In Depth

Monday - Friday, 4-7 p.m.

In Depth with Francis Rose features daily interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 4 to 7 p.m. or download his archived interviews below.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:41pm EDT
GAO: leaders 'managed to deadlines'

The second round of open season on went a lot better than the first. But problems still lurk behind the scenes of the website, even with the rapid response team the government and the private sector deployed to get the site back on track. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resource issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she outlined seven recommendations to help CMS fix the lingering issues with the system.


Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:39pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Your agency needs to take a giant leap into the future of shared services if it's serious about saving money. That's according to the Partnership for Pulbic Services, which is tracking the development of the concept since the Reform 88 program three decades ago. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a host of recommendations for future development that come from a recent Shared Services Roundtable.


Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:33pm EDT
O'Keefe: Budget is DHS' biggest data challenge

Several components of the Homeland Security Department are searching for new ways to fund big data projects. Budget pressures are forcing them to get creative, so they're relying on unique IT initiatives to meet their mission. Tom O'Keefe is market intelligence senior analyst at Immix Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on some of the most promising initiatives scattered throughout DHS.


Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Linda Burger, Technology Transfer Program, Joseph Witt, NSA

Niagarafiles is a new information sharing program from the National Security Agency. But it's not classified, and it's not even the NSA's anymore. The agency has made it open-source so anyone can use it, or change it. It's part of the NSA's Technology Transfer Program. Linda Burger is director of the Technology Transfer Program at the National Security Agency, and Joseph Witt is development lead at NSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Linda said NSA isn't new to the open-source concept.


Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:40am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 9, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, if you worked without getting paid on time during the 2013 government shutdown, watch your inbox today, CIA director John Brennan has unveiled a plan to rebuild how the agency does business and Megan Brennan is sworn in as the first female postmaster general.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:48pm EST
Federal News Countdown: Shutdown averted, Sequestration looms

Bob Tobias, director of business development in the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, counts down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A wrinkle is developing in the effort for defense acquisition reform. If the goal is to do away with cost overruns, acquisition policy may be beside the point. The Pentagon is getting ready to release a new analysis that purports to show that decades of different acquisition approaches haven't made much of a difference one way or another. The one thing that has made a difference is whether budgets are rising or falling. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.


Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:14pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Your agency's human resources department calls getting married a "life event." Life events can have a big impact on your future retirement plans and the benefits you receive. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she answered questions people are asking about marriage.


Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:02pm EST
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

The Defense Department says it will spend about $55 billion in the coming decades on the next-generation long range strike bomber. Fortune magazine says the program could upend the combat jet industry, and the Washington Post reports details about the program are sketchy right now. Todd Harrison is director of defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said we do know a few things about the bomber program.


Friday - 03/06/2015, 08:28am EST
Friday federal headlines - March 6, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a military appeals court officially recognizes Chelsea Manning as a woman, the Defense Department has added a social media expert to the team and the Office of Personnel Management's retirement backlog has reached its highest number in more than a year.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:45pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has a similar problem to the Defense Department: too many underutilized facilities in its inventory and a lot of dilapidated structures it can't afford to tear down. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, VA is asking Congress for its own version of a BRAC.


Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:38pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration wants to change how vendors list their prices on GSA schedule contracts. So it's proposing a few changes to the Price Reduction Clause. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered industry input on the potential changes.


Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:30pm EST
John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Your agency shouldn't be reinventing the wheel to follow the Government Performance and Results Act. The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to use performance review measures already in place to find the results-based answers it needs. John Kamensky is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government and former assistant director at the Government Accountability Office. He offered advice on how to tweak what your agency already does to meet the GPRA law.


Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:22pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force announces a nine-step plan to make itself more diverse. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh detail the plan in a memo. Emily Kopp has details on the memo and the rollout with Secretary James at an event Wednesday at the Center for a New American Security. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the diversity goals aren't limited to one group or another.


Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:11pm EST
Ann-Marie Bryant, CEO, Beacon Associates

A growing trend among federal employees is a sense they can't escape their work. The National Academy of Public Administration says changes in mobile technology mean employees feel they have to be available at all hours of the day. The NAPA study finds that can have both a positive and negative impact on the overall culture of an agency. Ann-Marie Bryant is CEO of Beacon Associates. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down a variety of human capital challenges facing federal agencies.


Thursday - 03/05/2015, 08:49am EST
Thursday federal headlines - March 5, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Federal offices in the Washington D.C. area are closed today, the Air Force starts nine initiatives to get more women and minorities in the service and the Smithsonian has said no to selfie sticks.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:50pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon's strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.


Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:42pm EST
Phill Knoll, Fleet Manager, USPS

The classic white Postal Service trucks are changing. The agency's trying to replace them with Next Generation Delivery Vehicles over the next three years. Phil Knoll is fleet manager of the U.S. Postal Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described what the new fleet will look like.


Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:19pm EST
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

The Homeland Security Department's budget is fully funded for the rest of fiscal 2015. Congress will have a chance now to look at other issues that may impact the federal workforce. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a priority list FEW's taking to the Hill.


Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:07pm EST
Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

The Defense Department will close 15 sites in Europe over the next two years. The Department expects the European Infrastructure Consolidation to save $500 million a year. Katherine Hammack is assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared the details on this and DoD's other cost-saving plans.


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