7:18 am, August 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.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 06:23pm EDT
Tom Mason, Partner, Cooley LLP

Two recent executive orders to introduce new wage equality standards for federal contractors really just mean business as usual. That's according to Tom Mason, a partner for Cooley LLP that provides legal representation for federal contracting companies. He's also a contributor to the Federal Contractor Compliance Watch blog. As part of Federal News Radio's special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, he contractors typically don't have many compliance issues with social reforms because their relationships with agencies already include a high level of trust. That's what he tells In Depth with Francis Rose.


Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 06:10pm EDT
Cheryl Seminara, Director, Employee Development Division, FEMA

Changing an agency's management culture at every level of responsibility earns some high-level recognition for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Its Employee Development Division uses an initiative called the Individual and Organizational Progressive Leader Development Program. Cheryl Seminara, director of FEMA's Employee Development Division, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about accepting the Graduate School USA's 2014 Deming Award on behalf of her team.


Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:47pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The Air Force will shift Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's five-year plan to reduce headquarters staff into overdrive. The Federal Times reports the branch wants to cut more than 20 percent of its HQ workforce by next summer. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about the Air Force hitting the gas pedal on its workforce reduction goals.


Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Shirine Moazed, Chief of Washington field office, Office of Special Counsel

Your agency's deadline for a Whistleblower Certification Program is June 1. Congress created the program in 2002 and the Obama Administration wants federal agencies to finish making it a standard part of their workforce policies. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Shirine Moazed, chief of the Washington field office for the Office of Special Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the certification program works and offers five steps to meet the deadline.


Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:16pm EDT
Thomas Drake, Former NSA executive

Former National Security Agency executive Thomas Drake touched the third rail for an intelligence community employee in 2006. He took his concerns about broad, systemic fraud, waste and abuse to the press. The Justice Department indicted him on 10 felony counts. He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in 2012. As part of our special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, Drake spoke with Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about his decision and its consequences. <,i>Read Jason's related article.


Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 09:27am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Across the federal government, the officials who run hotlines in agency inspectors general offices say they're finding ways to cut their backlogs of incoming cases and get vital information to investigators more quickly. In part, it's because those officials are communicating with one another like never before. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has that story as part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. Read Jared's related article.


Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
Debra Draper, Government Accountability Office

The Veterans Affairs department's inspector general says it will take until August before it finishes investigating allegations of manipulated waiting lists in the Phoenix VA medical system and elsewhere around the country. But even if the investigation doesn't uncover intentional falsification, there is one thing we do know, based on the work of the Government Accountability Office: VA's data on medical appointment wait times is, at the very least, unreliable. And has been for years. Debra Draper, director of Health Care Issues at GAO, testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs last week and joins In Depth with Francis Rose (guest hosted by Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu) to discuss VA's issues with appointment scheduling.


Monday - 05/19/2014, 05:03pm EDT
Richard Stiennon, cybersecurity analyst

Software assurance policies could be a foundation principle for cybersecurity at your agency in the next five years. That's a prediction from Richard Stiennon, the host of the Security Current blog, the founder of IT Harvest and the author of Surviving Cyberwar. Stiennon tells In Depth with Francis Rose he sees a cybersecurity culture shift inside the beltway.


Monday - 05/19/2014, 04:52pm EDT
Francis Rose, In Depth host

The scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department is the latest to damage the brand of the federal government. The deployment of was another recent one. Rebuilding the federal brand is the focus of the discussion at the annual Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Maryland. In Depth host Francis Rose is at the conference and tells guest host Jared Sebu about the conference's common threads.


Friday - 05/16/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

Knowing when you're ready to retire can be a lot easier if you're willing to answer 10 simple questions. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, has created a quick and interactive quiz to help you figure out if you're ready to retire or if you still need a little more time in the office.


Friday - 05/16/2014, 05:50pm EDT
Richard Rast, Senior Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base

One of your colleagues has figured out a new way to find pieces of trash that are orbiting the Earth at more than 17,000 miles per hour. His creativity is now earning him some prestigious recognition. Richard Rast, a senior engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Science and Environment category. Read a Q&A with Richard Rast.


Friday - 05/16/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: DATA Act haters, Connecting millions to health records

Bob Suda, president of Suda and Associates, and Tim Young, principal at Deloitte, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 10:41am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy updated the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting policy earlier this week. Federal contracting officers now have a consistent set of certification requirements no matter where they work. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about the new requirements. Read Jason's related article.


Friday - 05/16/2014, 10:35am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he's angry and saddened. But, he told Congress yesterday he has no plans to resign over reports that delayed medical care may have led to the deaths of dozens of veterans. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.


Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:49pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Presidential Rank Awards return after a one-year hiatus. The White House gives the Office of Personnel Management the green light to to start accepting nominations for 2014. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about what this means for senior executive service members and the current state of the performance award system.


Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:46pm EDT
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Big ideas in government don't matter any more. Don Kettl, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, told In Depth with Francis Rose your agency should use data to make policy changes from Congress and the White House easier.


Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:42pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency has only two days left to hand in a self-assessment on how well it's following the Obama Administration's second-term management agenda. The White House wants your agency to take a broad approach to its strategic objectives. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is looking at how different administrations choose to measure your agency's management success. He spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose.


Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations

The Defense Department is watching the mergers and acquisition market develop and it's ready to step in if it doesn't like what it sees. DoD is worried about a drop in competition. The M&A market isn't completely dead though. Kevin Kelly, chief executive officer of LGS Innovations, has some first-hand experience with M&A. He was Francis Rose's guest on Industry Chatter.


Thursday - 05/15/2014, 12:16pm EDT
Secretary Penny Pritzker, Commerce Department

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says people and customer service are the leading priorities for her agency. She says she is paying close attention to how every one of her initiatives supports them. Secretary Pritzker sat down with Executive Editor Jason Miller for an exclusive interview about Commerce's progress in meeting her strategic vision. Read Jason's related article.


Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:17am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it's jumping with both feet into the Defense Department's future Joint Information Environment. The service says it is positioned to influence the program as it takes shape. The Air Force has just gone through a major network consolidation of its own. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.


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