6:05 pm, September 17, 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 - 06/10/2014, 02:47pm EDT
David Bray, Federal Communications Commission

Your agency might have an innovation problem if legacy systems are keeping your chief information officer up at night. David Bray is the CIO of the Federal Communications Commission. He oversees an IT infrastructure with one system for every nine employees. Some of the systems are more than a decade old.


Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:40pm EDT
Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

Your agency's sick leave policy might change to help out disabled veteran employees. The Federal Manager's Association is asking Congress and the White House to change the rules so veterans don't have to burn sick days for mandatory doctor's appointments. Greg Stanford is director of government and public affairs for the FMA. He spoke on In Depth with Francis Rose about what the new proposal includes.


Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 01:41pm EDT
Robert Goldenkoff, Government Accountability Office

Your deadline is coming soon to tell your boss what you think of your job. Friday is the last day to fill out your Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey from the Office of Personnel Management. The data from those surveys will shape human resources policy across government. But the Government Accountability Office says chief human capital officers have other options to build and strengthen their workforces. Robert Goldenkoff is director of strategic issues at the GAO. He tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose on In Depth about three broad human capital challenges facing agencies across the federal government.


Monday - 06/09/2014, 06:17pm EDT
Gordon Chang, Contributor,

The Pentagon says the Chinese military threat is growing because China steals intellectual property from the United States in giant quantities. DoD's new congressional report on China details violations of U.S. copyright and export laws by Chinese intelligence programs stealing national security technology. Gordon Chang, a contributor to, writes their New Asia column.


Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Sean Kern, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, National Defense University

The United States needs a national certification program for cybersecurity professionals, according to some cyber experts. Sean Kern, assistant professor of cybersecurity at the National Defense University, writes about what a cyber certification would include.


Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:55pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The deadline for FedRAMP compliance has come and gone and it may not have been such a big deal. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the deadline "Inside the Reporter's Notebook" and he says this isn't the FedRAMP program's idea.


Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:50pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Candidates for the jobs of Veterans Affairs Secretary and head of the Veterans Health Administration have already withdrawn before they got to the Senate confirmation process. That may mean it will be a long time before Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson and the acting leadership at VHA get permanent replacements. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there are two big questions for the administration: who will take the jobs and who can get confirmed?


Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:46pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The end of this fiscal year is the deadline OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has set for getting phased retirement in place for Federal employees. The concept has been around for a couple years, but Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks people who criticize OPM for taking too long to get the program going might have expectations that are too high.


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

Federal chief information officers are adjusting well to the new normal of their technology budgets. But it doesn't mean they are successfully shifting money to modernization and innovation initiatives quite yet. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joins us with what CIOs say are their biggest challenges and concerns in a new TechAmerica and Grant Thornton survey. Read Jason's related story.


Friday - 06/06/2014, 06:01pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, of Government Executive Magazine

A huge element is missing this year from the Presidential Rank Awards. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Goverment Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how this year's awards are different this time around.


Friday - 06/06/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Phil Carter, Center for a New American Security

Eighteen more people are dead after they were left off the official waiting list for health care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital. The VA Inspector General will investigate to see if long wait times caused the deaths. Phil Carter, senior fellow, counsel and director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, writes about six ways to reform the VA healthcare system and restore public trust in Slate.


Friday - 06/06/2014, 05:28pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Performance lies and the CIO puzzle

Jon Desenberg of the Performance Institute and Mark Forman of TASC count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 04:05pm EDT
Hussain's forensic accounting helps SEC crack securities fraud cases

The Partnership for Public Service named Sofia Hussain, a forensic account with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as a finalist for the 2014 Call to Service Medal.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 03:51pm EDT
Inside the Reporter's Notebook: FedRAMP compliance results months away, OMB's word of the year: Effectiveness

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 06/06/2014, 09:48am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Data Aggregation Working Group, or DAWG, will deliver both plans and tools later this year to change the way agencies review and share terrorism information. DAWG members hope the reference architecture, as the plan is called, will give law enforcement and intelligence community agencies a new path toward understanding the full threat picture. Dirk Rankin is the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. Paul Reynolds is the other co-chairman. In part two of their interview, they tell executive editor Jason Miller about the DAWG's role in creating a secure information sharing environment. Read Jason's related article.


Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Michael Vickers, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence

Strong intelligence is now the first priority of national security policy, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers. He talks about the intersection of intelligence gathering and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He says the phrase intelligence is our first line of defense isn't just an old cliché anymore.


Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is moving from "connect-the-dots" to sharing some or all of the picture created by connecting those dots. As part of this effort, a working group is creating data standards to ease the burden of understanding the picture the dots created. Dirk Rankin is the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. Paul Reynolds is the other co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about the progress the DAWG is making.


Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

The Census Bureau is doing a good job following directions as it prepares for the 2020 census in the face of mandatory budget cuts the past two years. Todd Zinser is Inspector General of the Commerce Department. He's looking at how closely the Census Bureau is following its financial guidance for absorbing the cuts and preparing for 2020 and can still see some room to improve.


Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Sofia Hussain, Division of Enforcement, SEC

Busting fraudsters in financial services is protecting hundreds of millions of dollars from fraud. Sofia Hussain, senior forensic accountant in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a Service to America award finalist in the Call to Service category and a critical part of the SEC's effort to protect American investors. View a gallery of Service to America finalists. Also, read a Q&A with Sofia Hussain.


Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Ron Schechter & Kristen Ittig, Arnold and Porter, LLP

More contractors than ever are losing their government business to suspension and debarment. The Government Accountability Office reports even agencies that don't have much history of suspensions and debarments filed 14 times more cases since 2010. Ron Schechter and Kristen Ittig, partners at Arnold and Porter, are looking at the rising trend of suspension and debarment cases and what it means for contractors doing business with federal agencies.


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