9:11 pm, December 20, 2014

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.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:27pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The end of the 2014 election season means new faces in Congress. It could also mean a push to get your agency funded more quickly. David Hawkings is senior editor at Roll Call, and he writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the fallout from the midterm election from the front lines.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:18pm EST
Kevin Downey, Web Content Manager, ICE

A new redesign is complete at The changes there are deeper than just a new look. Kevin Downey is Web content manager for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why ICE needed a change.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:14pm EST
Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President, Professional Services Council

To know what the midterm election results will mean for your agency, first you have to figure out who won what. Or in some cases, who lost what. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president of the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he examined the impact of the elections on federal agencies.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11pm EST
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

The Republican Party now controls both chambers of Congress. That means some guaranteed new leaders for the Senate's defense committees, but the House of Representatives will see some new leaders of its own defense committees, too. Todd Harrison is Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what expect from the new leadership.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 07:50am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 5, 2014

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, newly elected officials could have a big impact on workforce issues, including pay and benefits, the President will nominate David Berteau as assistant secretary of defense, a homeless assistance program is flawed, an IRS employee is cleared of any wrongdoing following a security breach and more.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A breakthrough may be coming for open architecture at the Defense Department. For the last several years, DoD acquisition leaders have pushed open systems architectures. But even the Pentagon's biggest proponents say they've been much better at talking the talk than walking the walk. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:28pm EST
Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Pentagon expects to have 40,000 iPhones and Android smartphones on its military networks within the next year. Right now the Defense Information Systems Agency has only deployed about 4,000, so the Pentagon will have to average about 3,000 new devices every month to meet that goal. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin and former regional chief information officer for the Veterans Affairs Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered predictions for how the deployment will unfold.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:23pm EST
Rachel Burstein, Academic Director, Books@Work

The space and resources the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personal Management offers are in high demand. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta says agencies have to book its services months in advance. Other agencies are following the example and opening their own innovation centers, like the User Experience Lab at the National Cancer Institute. Rachel Burstein is academic director for the company Books@Work, and co-author of a guide to making innovation labs work. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she explained why innovation labs are gaining popularity.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:20pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration hires another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. GSA struggled the first time around with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment, or IAE. In his latest look Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about GSA's latest attempt with IAE.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:10pm EST
Bob Behn, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Office of Management and Budget says "stat" sessions -- Portofolio Stat, Tech Stat, etc. -- have saved the government millions of dollars. Agencies are developing their own approaches to the Stat model. Bob Behn is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He publishes the Performance Leadership Report, and his latest book is The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bob said one big problem with implementing Stat sessions is convincing people they won't be bashing sessions.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 07:49am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 4, 2014

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, law enforcement officials say it's hard to track people leaving the U.S. to join the Islamic State, the Air Force has fired two commanders and disciplined a third in the nuclear missile command and funds in the Thrift Savings Plan make a turnaround in October.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:35pm EST
Ellen West Lazar, Independent Consultant

A new infusion of talent will provide your agency -- and every agency -- with extra brainpower. Ellen West Lazar is former senior advisor to the chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and now an independent consultant. She is newly elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what areas of expertise she's passionate about that she'll be able to contribute to NAPA's work.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:22pm EST
Anne-Marie Fennell, Natural Resources Director, GAO

The total price for professional services contracts at the Agriculture Department is about $2 billion over the last four years. The Office of Management and Budget says those types of contracts can be very risky for you to use. Anne-Marie Fennell is Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said with risk factors in mind, USDA needs to strengthen its oversight of professional services contracts.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:20pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Eight myths stand in the way of one of the premiere recruitment programs in the federal government. And it's hurting your agency's chances of hiring talented new employees. That's according to Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the Partnership's Myth Busters campaign to help agencies get new talent in the door.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:16pm EST
Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight

A new future of electronic warfare is coming to the Navy. But budget pressure may stunt the growth of that future. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight is former commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and former commandant of Naval District Washington. He's also former deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital region. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the time is ripe for a successor to the ANSLQ 32 electronic warfare suite.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:06pm EST
Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Experiments with agile development are underway at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service. The agency is borrowing ways to run some technology projects from agencies like the Health and Human Services Department, but the concept might not be one-size-fits-all. Rory Schultz is Deputy Chief Information Officer of FNS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said his agency still has a lot of testing to do, and also needs to double-check to make sure it's legal.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:17am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 3, 2014

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, unions ask Congress to improve whistleblowing rights for intelligence contractors, more federal workers who joined the government a decade ago have earned advanced degrees and certificates while working and DoD civilians fighting Ebola in West Africa have options when it comes to quarantine.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Midterm elections, senior leaders

Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A maritime disaster 51 years ago prodded the Navy to put in place a world-class safety regime that's kept the U.S. submarine fleet safe from any major mishaps for the last four decades. After a major breach of Navy networks last year, officials say they've decided they need to replicate that engineering rigor and organizational discipline in cyberspace. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the service is calling its "cyber awakening."


Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Today is Halloween -- The day when you have to keep an eye out for tricks and/or treats. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she went over a quick quiz to help boost your knowledge of where to find retirement treats, and how to stay away from nasty financial tricks.


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