Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- Value of Health IT
Shows & Panels
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.
A new procurement ombudsman is closing the communications gap between the General Services Administration and its vendors. Creating the ombudsman job is one of several ways GSA is trying to be more responsive to its government and industry customers. Jeff Koses is GSA's senior procurement executive. In part two of executive editor Jason Miller's interview with GSA looking at industry communications, Koses discusses the new initiatives.
At the IRS, $2.8 million worth of bonuses went to employees disciplined for misconduct. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Inspector General's office at the IRS, says the payments are legal, but the payments look like they go against the IRS mission to ensure integrity in tax administration. The IRS is supposed to fire employees who don't pay their taxes, but that's separate from the bonus payment system. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he doesn't quite understand the IG's report.
The military's Vice Chiefs of Staff tell Congress the pressure they're under because of budget cuts and the potential return of sequestration in Fiscal 2016 is killing their ability to fight two wars. But Congress doesn't appear to want to pull back on capability, only on money. Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in US News and World Report about why the chiefs are so concerned about the funding curve. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose, too much mission and too little money worries the Vice Chiefs of the military.
Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, says the pursuit of renewable energy is not just about the Navy "going green." It supports the mission.
A new effort at the General Services Administration will try to keep contracting decisions in the hands of contracting officers and keep management in the right oversight role. A report by the GSA Inspector General's office in 2013 said management interfered with decisions by contracting officers. Tom Sharpe is the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller in an exclusive interview about the steps he's taking to strike the right balance between management and contracting officers.
The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.
A million dollar fine paid by Computer Sciences Corporation could have probably been avoided. Labor descriptions from CSC didn't match what its employees actually did on a contract with the Army. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, writes about this case in the Week Ahead newsletter and talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about it.
Renewable energy is a big priority for the Department of the Navy. The ultimate renewable energy source for a ship at sea is of course seawater. Now the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is making big steps toward using seawater for fuel. Dr. Heather Willauer, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what they've found on the path to making seawater fuel the Navy's fleet.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says millennials will make up 40 percent of the workforce by 2020. But your work isn't finished once they're hired. Virginia Hill, national president at Young Government Leaders, tells In Depth with Francis Rose new employees won't stick around very long if they're not engaged and focused on your agency's mission.
The Defense Department names nine winners for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. They choose the winners from 33 nominations. The winners represent nine different categories and six subject areas. Maureen Sullivan, director of environment, safety and occupational health at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, discusses a few of the highlights of the winners with In Depth with Francis Rose.
More discipline, collaboration and data will help drive the projects at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those goals are guiding HUD's Office of Strategic Planning and Management this fiscal year. Henry Hensley, acting director of the OSPM at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was a guest today on the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose
Another in a series of executive orders that affect the way vendors sell to the Federal government may be imminent. Pressure is mounting on President Obama to act the same way he acted on the minimum wage contractors pay employees and the amounts contractors pay men and women doing the same job. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes about the third area on his Hawkings Here blog and tells In Depth with Francis Rose the contracting regulation trifecta may come in very soon.
The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.
Your next pay raise might be bigger than the 1 percent raise President Obama requested in his fiscal 2015 budget request last month. But the operative word there is "might." Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey spells it out in his column today titled "3.3 pecent pay raise: What are the odds?"
Today's Combat Air Force has the fewest bombers and fighters and the oldest aircraft ever. The Defense Department and Congress are hitting a sweet spot to fix that, according to two experts in military aviation. Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, writes about the future of the Air Force with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now a senior scholar at the Air Force Academy. Gunzinger talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about revamping the Air Force for the next fight.
An independent commission to make recommendations about the restructuring of the Army isn't meeting with much welcome from Army leaders. But it does have some support. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association, is one of the most outspoken advocates for the outside commission. He told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army needs an outside look before it downsizes.
If you notice your colleague has a flat top, there might be a good reason for that. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column that Federal flat tops hit you and your coworkers in the wallet.
In spite of a lot of unhappiness among vendors, the Defense Department shows no signs of backing down from a controversial decision it made last month: requiring its contracting officers to do their own pricing homework before they make a purchase from GSA's schedules program. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter is writing about that as one item in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency said it would re-evaluate proposals and make a new award decision in response to a protest from Logistics 2020. But NGA said it wouldn't re-open the competition or look at any revisions. The proposals had already expired. But Logistics 2020 argued it couldn't produce what it originally said it could. GAO denied the Logistics 2020 proposal. Bill Welch, partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, discusses this in an article he wrote for the Washington Business Journal and with In Depth with Francis Rose.
You're probably looking at extra cash for your retirement and you might not even know it. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, he shared some advice on In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to find extra money that might help you be more comfortable during retirement.