12:08 pm, August 22, 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.

Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:44pm EDT
Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government

A new plan from federal Chief Information officer Steve Van Roekel is supposed to improve Federal IT acquisition. He introduced it at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday. Dan Chenok of the IBM Center for the Business of Government was one of the witnesses at the hearing, testifying in his role as executive vice chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, part of ACT IAC. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Chenok what he wanted to convey to the committee.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:39pm EDT
David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel rolls out the Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Its goal is to improve the way federal agencies buy IT. Van Roekel introduced the agenda yesterday at a hearing about IT acquisition in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, was a witness on the same panel as Van Roekel and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what his primary message for the committee was.


Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Net neutrality revolt, IT reform

Karen Evans, national director of US Cyber Challenge and partner at KE&T Partners, and Al Burman, president of Jefferson Consulting, counted down the top stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:50pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new plan for your agency's IT buying is out from the White House. The problems drive this new approach. Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel lays outs his new Smarter IT Delivery Agenda Thursday. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller details the changes you should expect. Read the related story by Jason Miller.


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:43pm EDT
Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) says his colleagues on Capitol Hill are treating federal employees like a "punching bag." He chairs the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. His subcommittee's hearing this week highlighted low morale at agencies across the government and ways to fix it. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:27pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A cloudy legal system is leaving an untold number of federal IT systems vulnerable to severe cyber attacks. One of the worst cybersecurity bugs in history survived several days longer than necessary last month. It survived because it wasn't clear whether they had the legal authority to fix it not because they didn't know how. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains it. Read the related story by Jared Serbu.


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:22pm EDT
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

Congress now is reviewing the fourth edition of the Government Accountability Office's annual report on fragmentation, duplication and overlap. That report finds a fair amount of progress on the items in past reports and fewer new entries than past years, Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, discussed the annual report with In Depth with Francis Rose at his office today.


Thursday - 05/08/2014, 06:03pm EDT
Pat Tamburrino, Director of Business Development, LMI Government Consulting

The House Armed Services Committee is done putting its finishing touches on the fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization Act. Stars and Stripes reports the committee is including full troop pay raises and benefits. But the Defense Department believes some cuts are necessary to preserve readiness. The defense industry is figuring out what these changes will mean for them too. Pat Tamburrino, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for civilian personnel policy, isnow director of business development at LMI Government Consulting and was Francis Rose's guest for Industry Chatter.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 07:04pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation wants help to make shared services a reality. O-FIT issues two requests for information to industry not long after naming four shared services providers. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on the RFIs and where the initiative is heading next. Read the related story by Jason Miller.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 06:57pm EDT
John Donnelly, Editor, Congressional Quarterly's Defense Blog

The House Armed Services Committee is marking up the Pentagon's 2015 Defense Authorization bill today. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has a series of proposals that include some accounting finesse to appropriate more than $2 billion worth of unobligated funds into next year. He wants to balance that with some targeted spending cuts too. John Donnelly, editor of Congressional Quarterly's Defense Blog, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the balance in the 2015 Defense Authorization bill gets more precarious the longer the markup goes.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 06:52pm EDT
Everett Pyatt, Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program, McCain Institute

The Navy is scrapping a plan to overhaul one of its 11 aircraft carriers. The Defense Department says doing that frees up money to spend on the Littoral Combat Ship program. Everett Pyatt is leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program at the McCain Institute and a former assistant secretary of the Navy. He's writing in Real Clear Defense about the Navy's budget plans.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community, like the rest of government, is coping with a sudden budget decrease. But leaders say they're committed to not repeating the serious workforce mistakes policymakers made during the last budget cut two decades ago, when new hiring ground to a halt. Read the related story by Jared Serbu.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:44pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Very few topics are likely to get you and your colleagues up in arms to the point of argument. Mike Causey has managed to do that in his column.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:38pm EDT
Lorie Nelson, Director, Postal Service Office of Inspector General's Office of Audit

An aging workforce and how to backfill retirements is a common issue for agencies across government. The Postal Service has developed the Corporate Succession Planning Program to cultivate executives who can move into the leadership positions that open when employees retire. Lori Nelson, director in the Postal Service Office of Inspector General' Office of Audit, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the demographic problem the Postal Service faces.


Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:27pm EDT
John Conger, Acting Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Installations and Environment

Today is markup day for the National Defense Authorization Act in the House Armed Services Committee. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) has already killed the idea of approving a round of Base Realignment and Closure this year. But the Defense Department sees the potential for some progress on another round of BRAC. John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about the effort the Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is making to push toward a BRAC round.


Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:24pm EDT
Bob Wallace, Executive Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars

The American Legion says reports of veteran deaths resulting from VA hospital treatment delays mean it's time for Secretary Eric Shinkseki to step aside. But at the moment, they're the only major veterans' group to go that far. Most of the other large service organizations are waiting for the full results of an inspector general review of the alleged "secret waiting list" at the Phoenix VA hospital. Bob Wallace, executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, told In Depth with Francis Rose it's premature to call for leadership changes.


Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:21pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration is introducing a new category management strategy. Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe says it's similar to private-sector models. That's where products are managed based on a particular category, like how a pharmacy might have a specific business plan for its toothpaste section. The GSA says it will help agencies build a customized approach to different acquisition categories to meet their mission at a lower cost. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter, tells In Depth with Francis Rose GSA's new category management strategy might actually be a blast from the past.


Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:10pm EDT
Sanjay Sardar, Chief Information Officer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The furor over isn't gone quite yet. Several congressional committees still plan to conduct postmortems on what went wrong. The rollout of the website is just one example of how the federal government brand has taken a hit. Sanjay Sardar, chief information officer at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and government co-chair for this year's Management of Change conference, tells In Depth with Francis Rose restoring that brand is a very important job for the federal government for many reasons.


Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 01:06pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

The federal workforce is filled with success stories. Those range from a physicist at the Commerce Department who won the Nobel Prize in 2012 to the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration who rose through the OIG ranks after serving 26 years in the Secret Service. Janet Kopenhaven, Washington representative of Federally Employed Women, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about how the Federal-Postal Coalition is starting a new campaign to specifically highlight women and their success stories.


Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 12:58pm EDT
Daniel Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

Tha nation's largest veterans' service organization created a stir yesterday when it called for the resignations of the VA's top three officials: Secretary Eric Shinseki, Undersecretary for Benefits Alison Hickey and Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel. Daniel Dellinger, the national commander of the American Legion, told In Depth with Francis Rose he and most other veterans groups have long supported the current leadership team. But recent media reports about preventable deaths in the VA health care system were too much to take.


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