3:15 pm, July 26, 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.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it's making up the most ground as part of the push to finally get the military to successfully close its financial books. But government auditors say this entire Department of Defense effort is at risk because of shortcomings in IT systems. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on where DoD stands as the first of two financial management deadlines approach. Read the related story by Jason Miller.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is introducing a tech start-up mentality to the federal government. GSA's new 18-F program aims to quickly deliver new user-friendly technologies at a low cost. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, wrote a letter to the associate administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, Dave McClure, asking for an open and competitive procurement process.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:53pm EDT
Sharon Burke, International Security Program, New America Foundation

The Defense Department is the largest consumer of oil in the United States, according to the New America Foundation. Now the Foundation is hiring one of the senior leaders in charge of making that oil consumption more efficient. Sharon Burke, senior adviser for the International Security Program at the New America Foundation and former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Government Affairs representative, Federal Managers Association

The second session of the 113th Congress is ticking away and the opportunities to produce meaningful legislation are sliding by. Federal employees also have to start saying goodbye to two of their more vocal advocates on Capitol Hill. Reps Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) are planning to retire when their current terms are up. Katie Maddocks, a government affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about what congressional changes would mean for the federal workforce in the coming months.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:10pm EDT
Alan Shaffer, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

The Department of Defense is asking contractors to innovate in helping the agency deal with its budget problems. The Pentagon says innovation is important for a lot of reasons. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of Defense for research and engineering, says DoD's innovation shortfall today is several decades in the making. He joins In Depth with Francis Rose in Executive Suite.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 12:10pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The balance is off on Capitol Hill this week. The House is out of session, but the Senate is in. And both chambers are working on their strategies to get your agency's spending plan for Fiscal 2015 finished on time. David Hawkings, senior Eeitor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose your agency's next budget is taking baby steps not giant strides.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 12:00pm EDT
David Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

No new recommendations when you're on the high risk list might seem like good news. But the Government Accountability Office says that's partly because it's already made more than 2,100 recommendations since the Homeland Security Department was stood up in 2003. The GAO's latest look at DHS high risk list items shows more than a third of them still need work. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is writing about some of the ongoing leadership problems that are keeping the department on the high risk list. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about it.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 11:50am EDT
Marshall Keith, Principal, Intelligence and National Security Alliance

The Intelligence Community may be in the same personnel spot the Defense Department is in for the same reason. The IC needs to find a way to shrink its workforce but still meet its mission. Marshall Keith, former vice president of Enterprise Operations at SI Organization, is now a principal at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance for its Task Force Research and Writing Team. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose INSA is arguing intelligence agencies could take a few pages from the Defense Department's sequestration playbook as it focuses on its future workforce needs.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 11:33am EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

A key IT problem at the Commerce Department turns out to be a communications problem. A breakdown in information exchange caused the response to a possible network breach at one of the agency's bureaus to be much worse than it had to be. Todd Zinser, inspector general at the Commerce Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose where his team started in trying to diagnose the problem.


Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
Harry Hallock, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement

After more than a decade of high-tempo work aimed at getting equipment to the battlefield as quickly as possible, the Army official in charge of contracting says it's time for his workforce to slow down and think. Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu the Army took contracting shortcuts during wartime and not all of them were smart decisions.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 06:04pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Patent and Trademark Office has an 18-month recovery plan to deal with last year's sequestration cuts. PTO offers a look inside the real impact of the automatic budget cuts. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller details how sequestration took a huge bite out of one of PTO's top technology priorities.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:47pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Goverment Executive

One of the highlights of this year's Public Service Recognition Week is a town hall meeting that features cabinet secretaries. Yesterday, they offered analysis on why employee morale is low across the federal government. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, is writing about that event and what the cabinet secretaries said about specific workforce issues at their departments. He talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about the White House offering a political olive branch to the federal workforce.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:44pm EDT
Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government

A new plan from federal Chief Information officer Steve Van Roekel is supposed to improve Federal IT acquisition. He introduced it at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday. Dan Chenok of the IBM Center for the Business of Government was one of the witnesses at the hearing, testifying in his role as executive vice chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, part of ACT IAC. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Chenok what he wanted to convey to the committee.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:39pm EDT
David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel rolls out the Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Its goal is to improve the way federal agencies buy IT. Van Roekel introduced the agenda yesterday at a hearing about IT acquisition in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, was a witness on the same panel as Van Roekel and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what his primary message for the committee was.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Net neutrality revolt, IT reform

Karen Evans, national director of US Cyber Challenge and partner at KE&T Partners, and Al Burman, president of Jefferson Consulting, counted down the top stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:50pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new plan for your agency's IT buying is out from the White House. The problems drive this new approach. Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel lays outs his new Smarter IT Delivery Agenda Thursday. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller details the changes you should expect. Read the related story by Jason Miller.


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:43pm EDT
Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) says his colleagues on Capitol Hill are treating federal employees like a "punching bag." He chairs the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. His subcommittee's hearing this week highlighted low morale at agencies across the government and ways to fix it. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:27pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A cloudy legal system is leaving an untold number of federal IT systems vulnerable to severe cyber attacks. One of the worst cybersecurity bugs in history survived several days longer than necessary last month. It survived because it wasn't clear whether they had the legal authority to fix it not because they didn't know how. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains it. Read the related story by Jared Serbu.


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:22pm EDT
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

Congress now is reviewing the fourth edition of the Government Accountability Office's annual report on fragmentation, duplication and overlap. That report finds a fair amount of progress on the items in past reports and fewer new entries than past years, Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, discussed the annual report with In Depth with Francis Rose at his office today.


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:03pm EDT
Pat Tamburrino, Director of Business Development, LMI Government Consulting

The House Armed Services Committee is done putting its finishing touches on the fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization Act. Stars and Stripes reports the committee is including full troop pay raises and benefits. But the Defense Department believes some cuts are necessary to preserve readiness. The defense industry is figuring out what these changes will mean for them too. Pat Tamburrino, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for civilian personnel policy, isnow director of business development at LMI Government Consulting and was Francis Rose's guest for Industry Chatter.


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