4:47 pm, July 25, 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, 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.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 07:04pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation wants help to make shared services a reality. O-FIT issues two requests for information to industry not long after naming four shared services providers. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on the RFIs and where the initiative is heading next. Read the related story by Jason Miller.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 06:57pm EDT
John Donnelly, Editor, Congressional Quarterly's Defense Blog

The House Armed Services Committee is marking up the Pentagon's 2015 Defense Authorization bill today. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has a series of proposals that include some accounting finesse to appropriate more than $2 billion worth of unobligated funds into next year. He wants to balance that with some targeted spending cuts too. John Donnelly, editor of Congressional Quarterly's Defense Blog, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the balance in the 2015 Defense Authorization bill gets more precarious the longer the markup goes.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 06:52pm EDT
Everett Pyatt, Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program, McCain Institute

The Navy is scrapping a plan to overhaul one of its 11 aircraft carriers. The Defense Department says doing that frees up money to spend on the Littoral Combat Ship program. Everett Pyatt is leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program at the McCain Institute and a former assistant secretary of the Navy. He's writing in Real Clear Defense about the Navy's budget plans.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community, like the rest of government, is coping with a sudden budget decrease. But leaders say they're committed to not repeating the serious workforce mistakes policymakers made during the last budget cut two decades ago, when new hiring ground to a halt. Read the related story by Jared Serbu.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:44pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Very few topics are likely to get you and your colleagues up in arms to the point of argument. Mike Causey has managed to do that in his column.


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