6:36 pm, August 21, 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.

Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:57pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

In an era when Congress rarely agrees on anything, some bipartisanship might usually be a welcome thing. But what Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is hammering the Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that given the depths of the scandal that's not surprising.


Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:50pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The fight is on between the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. They're fighting about legislation to allow the VA Secretary to fire senior executives, how to respond to the health care scandal and more. But the Veterans Affairs Committees are missing something that might help them better understand the problems Veterans face. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog.


Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Fredric Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers

The Postal Service's latest financial results are no better than any of their recent numbers. But they might not be as bad as they look. Different interpretations of those numbers cause some leaders to think the Postal Service has a faster route back to profitability than Congress does. Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told In Depth with Francis Rose nobody argues about the numbers themselves. It's more about how you read them.


Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:24pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, Air Force (Ret.), Meyerrose Group

A computer hacker facing up to 20 years in prison is free after helping the federal government stop hundreds of cyberattacks. He taught agencies how to protect millions of dollars and cripple the hacker group Anonymous. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose was chief information officer for three Air Force commands and three joint combatant commands. He was also the first CIO of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and is now president of the Meyerrose Group. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what kind of precedence this sets for future cybersecurity policies.


Friday - 05/30/2014, 06:03pm EDT
Martha Johnson, Aileen Black & Gigi Schumm

The departure of Secretary Eric Shinseki at the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't mean the crisis there is over. The next step is managing through the crisis. Martha Johnson was administrator at the General Services Administration when the conference scandal blew up at GSA. She's the first guest on a new program on Federal News Radio called Women in Washington. It debuts this coming Wednesday at 9 a.m., right after the Federal Drive. Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm host the show. Martha tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem Secretary Shinseki found isn't unique to VA.


Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon freely admits that it's a whole lot better at buying weapons than it is at buying services. But since it's now spending more money on services than it is on products, it's time to get serious about service contracts. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about that topic in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook,


Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:24pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

Unless your name is Tammy Flanagan, you probably don't know everything about planning a federal retirement. Which means you might be leaving benefits on the table you never knew you had. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, is hosting a series of webinars starting on Thursday, June 12, to help explain the basics and three big mistakes people make when navigating the Federal Employees Retirement System.


Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:17pm EDT
Frank Hoffman, Institute for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

The debate to change the Army's force structure is switching focus from "should they do it" to "how." One strategy is a Commission on the Structure of the Army. Frank Hoffman, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, tells In Depth with Francis Rose a commission would be a big step backwards in the effort to make the Army more affordable.


Friday - 05/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: True VA scandal, veterans fire back

Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, and Debra Roth, partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth, counted down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The success or failure of the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program or CDM, comes down to a simple premise: Will the right people in each agency use the data to solve their most pressing cyber threats immediately or will the information languish with the wrong people? The Homeland Security Department is betting on the former by taking specific steps to ensure the right people have the right data to protect federal networks. John Steurfert is the director of federal network resilience at DHS. He tells Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller how DHS is making sure CDM pays off in the biggest way possible.


Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

HR 4031 waits for a vote in the Senate after the House passed it last week. It would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs the power to fire senior executive service members for performance issues. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says the simple language of the bill could turn into a huge headache for the entire department.


Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:23pm EDT
Tim DiNapoli, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's fighting an uphill battle to streamline its service contract inventory by fiscal 2016. One of their problems is DoD is trying to standardize how every branch collects data on the contractors they hire to help meet their missions. Tim DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, reports on DoD's progress and a number of hurdles standing in the way of meeting its fiscal 2016 goal to In Depth with Francis Rose


Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a lot of problems right now. But an issue that's not getting much coverage is its management and data collection and analysis. Federal News Radio's Tom Temin says the disarray at the VA is causing other problems.


Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:06pm EDT
Industry Chatter: Christian Heiter of Hitachi Data Systems Federal

Big data programs are helping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services protect hundreds of millions of dollars from fraud, according to the White House. The Obama Administration says it's trying to introduce more big data programs to help other agencies save money, but privacy concerns and other roadblocks might slow progress down. Christian Heiter, chief technology officer of Hitachi Data Systems Federal, was Francis Rose's guest on Industry Chatter. He talked about how big data initiatives will help agencies save money and the challenges agencies may have implementing them.


Thursday - 05/29/2014, 05:09pm EDT
With budget deadline still months away, should agencies start prepping for CR?

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is still about four months away. But with a lengthy summer recess spanning nearly the entire month of August, that leaves fewer than 40 working days for the appropriation committees on Capitol Hill to finalize agency spending levels. That has some budget watchers already raising the possibility of a stopgap continuing resolution to fund government operations.


Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:40am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Cyber Command says it cannot do the whole job all by itself. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are in talks to give DISA more of the day-to-day responsibilities for defending Defense networks from cyber threats. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.


Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Richard Stiennon, Security Analyst, IT Harvest

You are the key to stopping an insider threat and preventing a cyber incident at your agency even if you don't work in the IT department. Richard Stiennon is the host of the Security Current blog, the founder of IT Harvest and the author of Surviving Cyberwar. He says there are two categories of insider threats and identifying the most dangerous kind depends on you.


Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:55pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

New developments at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA Inspector General interim report confirms allegations of secret waiting lists and other problems. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) both call for Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation for the first time today. But the VA has some success stories to tell. The agency says its claims backlog is at its lowest point in the last three years. VA credits its progress to several changes under its Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joins us with details on how VA is reducing the claims backlog.


Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is about four months away. Appropriations committees on Capitol Hill still have a backlog of agency budget plans to finalize. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He's already thinking about the possibility of another continuing resolution and what it means for your agency's fiscal 2015 planning process.


Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jonathan Baker, Air Force Space and Missile Center Launch Systems Directorate

One thousand things have to go right to launch a rocket into space successfully, according to the Air Force. Jonathan Baker, deputy chief engineer of the Delta IV Launch System at the Air Force Space and Missile Center Launch Systems Directorate in El Segundo, California, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Call to Service category. Jonathan helped save the Air Force billions of dollars and a lot of stress on its satellite launches. View a gallery of Sammies finalists. Also, Read a Q&A with Baker.


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