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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.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 05:39pm EST
Kevin Mahoney, Chief Human Capital Officer, Commerce Department

Breaking down silos within agencies and across agencies is one of the goals of the new President's Management Agenda from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget. One of the keys to breaking down silos, according to experts in leadership and management, is communication. Kevin Mahoney, Chief Human Capital Officer of the Commerce Department, was on a panel Federal News Radio's Francis Rose moderated at the Executive Leadership Conference last week. Mahoney talked about the theme of communication among C-level executives on In Depth with Francis Rose.


Friday - 11/07/2014, 05:15pm EST
Federal News Countdown: A simple track, aggressive oversight

John Kamensky, senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government, counted down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 08:16am EST
Friday federal headlines - November 7, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the inspector general says a Justice Department student hiring program was marred by nepotism, GAO says the FDA needs to be more thorough in how it samples imported food for pesticide testing and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says wait times at VA hospitals are down 18 percent since May.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 06:56am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald's goal is straightforward: rebuild the trust in the VA. In his first 100 days as secretary, McDonald met with dozens of employees, lawmakers and other key stakeholders to both listen and understand how best to do that. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the steps McDonald has taken and plans to take.


Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:57pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Contractors are looking for new approaches for reaching out to your agency. Some out-of-the-box business opportunities may make a big difference to your bottom line. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some thoughts about three of those business opportunities.


Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:43pm EST
Jessie Roberson, Vice Chair, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board is calling on the Department of Energy to improve emergency preparedness and response. Its most recent recommendation maps out a series of safety updates at DOE sites. Jessie Roberson is vice chair of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll bring more than three decades in the nuclear engineering field to the NAPA fellowship.


Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:26pm EST
Michael Brown, Vice President of Security Product Management, BlackBerry

The Defense Department is upgrading its military networks to increase its access to different types mobile technology. But many secruity experts say the gold standard for smartphones is still the Blackberry. Michael Brown is vice president of security product management and research for BlackBerry. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the importance of mobile security for federal agencies.


Thursday - 11/06/2014, 07:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 6, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, House and Senate appropriators are trying to agree on a 12-part omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2015, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of retirement claims grows for the first time in three months and President Barack Obama says he'll ask Congress for new war powers to fight Islamic State militants.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:49am EST
Agencies should expect more aggressive oversight by GOP-controlled Congress

Experts from both sides of the aisle expect the Senate and House to coordinate investigations and hearings on executive branch programs. The budget and the confirmation processes also will become more difficult.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy's top IT acquisition official says he takes it as a given that the Navy will migrate its email services to the cloud. The only question is how. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on pilot programs that are designed to provide answers.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:27pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The end of the 2014 election season means new faces in Congress. It could also mean a push to get your agency funded more quickly. David Hawkings is senior editor at Roll Call, and he writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the fallout from the midterm election from the front lines.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:18pm EST
Kevin Downey, Web Content Manager, ICE

A new redesign is complete at The changes there are deeper than just a new look. Kevin Downey is Web content manager for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why ICE needed a change.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:14pm EST
Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President, Professional Services Council

To know what the midterm election results will mean for your agency, first you have to figure out who won what. Or in some cases, who lost what. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president of the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he examined the impact of the elections on federal agencies.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:11pm EST
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow for Defense Studies, CSBA

The Republican Party now controls both chambers of Congress. That means some guaranteed new leaders for the Senate's defense committees, but the House of Representatives will see some new leaders of its own defense committees, too. Todd Harrison is Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what expect from the new leadership.


Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 07:50am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 5, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, newly elected officials could have a big impact on workforce issues, including pay and benefits, the President will nominate David Berteau as assistant secretary of defense, a homeless assistance program is flawed, an IRS employee is cleared of any wrongdoing following a security breach and more.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A breakthrough may be coming for open architecture at the Defense Department. For the last several years, DoD acquisition leaders have pushed open systems architectures. But even the Pentagon's biggest proponents say they've been much better at talking the talk than walking the walk. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:28pm EST
Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Pentagon expects to have 40,000 iPhones and Android smartphones on its military networks within the next year. Right now the Defense Information Systems Agency has only deployed about 4,000, so the Pentagon will have to average about 3,000 new devices every month to meet that goal. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin and former regional chief information officer for the Veterans Affairs Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered predictions for how the deployment will unfold.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:23pm EST
Rachel Burstein, Academic Director, Books@Work

The space and resources the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personal Management offers are in high demand. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta says agencies have to book its services months in advance. Other agencies are following the example and opening their own innovation centers, like the User Experience Lab at the National Cancer Institute. Rachel Burstein is academic director for the company Books@Work, and co-author of a guide to making innovation labs work. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she explained why innovation labs are gaining popularity.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:20pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration hires another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. GSA struggled the first time around with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment, or IAE. In his latest look Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about GSA's latest attempt with IAE.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:10pm EST
Bob Behn, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Office of Management and Budget says "stat" sessions -- Portofolio Stat, Tech Stat, etc. -- have saved the government millions of dollars. Agencies are developing their own approaches to the Stat model. Bob Behn is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He publishes the Performance Leadership Report, and his latest book is The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bob said one big problem with implementing Stat sessions is convincing people they won't be bashing sessions.


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