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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.

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.


Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 07:49am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 4, 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, law enforcement officials say it's hard to track people leaving the U.S. to join the Islamic State, the Air Force has fired two commanders and disciplined a third in the nuclear missile command and funds in the Thrift Savings Plan make a turnaround in October.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:35pm EST
Ellen West Lazar, Independent Consultant

A new infusion of talent will provide your agency -- and every agency -- with extra brainpower. Ellen West Lazar is former senior advisor to the chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and now an independent consultant. She is newly elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what areas of expertise she's passionate about that she'll be able to contribute to NAPA's work.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:22pm EST
Anne-Marie Fennell, Natural Resources Director, GAO

The total price for professional services contracts at the Agriculture Department is about $2 billion over the last four years. The Office of Management and Budget says those types of contracts can be very risky for you to use. Anne-Marie Fennell is Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said with risk factors in mind, USDA needs to strengthen its oversight of professional services contracts.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:20pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Eight myths stand in the way of one of the premiere recruitment programs in the federal government. And it's hurting your agency's chances of hiring talented new employees. That's according to Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the Partnership's Myth Busters campaign to help agencies get new talent in the door.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:16pm EST
Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight

A new future of electronic warfare is coming to the Navy. But budget pressure may stunt the growth of that future. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight is former commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and former commandant of Naval District Washington. He's also former deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital region. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the time is ripe for a successor to the ANSLQ 32 electronic warfare suite.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:06pm EST
Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Experiments with agile development are underway at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service. The agency is borrowing ways to run some technology projects from agencies like the Health and Human Services Department, but the concept might not be one-size-fits-all. Rory Schultz is Deputy Chief Information Officer of FNS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said his agency still has a lot of testing to do, and also needs to double-check to make sure it's legal.


Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:17am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 3, 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, unions ask Congress to improve whistleblowing rights for intelligence contractors, more federal workers who joined the government a decade ago have earned advanced degrees and certificates while working and DoD civilians fighting Ebola in West Africa have options when it comes to quarantine.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Midterm elections, senior leaders

Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A maritime disaster 51 years ago prodded the Navy to put in place a world-class safety regime that's kept the U.S. submarine fleet safe from any major mishaps for the last four decades. After a major breach of Navy networks last year, officials say they've decided they need to replicate that engineering rigor and organizational discipline in cyberspace. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on what the service is calling its "cyber awakening."


Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Today is Halloween -- The day when you have to keep an eye out for tricks and/or treats. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she went over a quick quiz to help boost your knowledge of where to find retirement treats, and how to stay away from nasty financial tricks.


Friday - 10/31/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

Seventy-eight fusion centers scattered across the country help streamline information sharing during a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The fusion centers bring together local, state and federal agencies to quickly deal with those types of threats. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient Network Systems. He's also former chief information officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether modern information-sharing techniques, like the fusion centers, are actually making the country safer.


Friday - 10/31/2014, 09:40am EDT
Friday federal headlines - October 31, 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 DoJ Inspector General has dinged the ATF for selling grenade parts in Mexico, USAID asks contractors working in West Africa to draft emergency evacuation plans and spending by the intelligence community reaches $50.5 billion in fiscal 2014.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, OITS, GSA

Better information will lead to better buying. That's the premise behind new efforts from the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. Tom Sharpe (the head of FAS) and other GSA leaders detailed those efforts at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg this week. Mary Davie is Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she detailed the information you can get, and how it will help with buying decisions.


Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

Your car, your medical device and even your toaster are among the facets of life that are quickly becoming Internet-based. This is why the Homeland Security Department is already working on cybersecurity for these and many other devices. Doug Maughn, director of Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller. In part one of their interview, Maughn says the latest broad agency announcement from DHS is shaping its future cyber research and development efforts.


Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the Department of Veterans Affairs finally started transitioning its claims process from paper to digital two years ago, not everything worked perfectly. The Veterans Benefits Management System was prone to crashes and didn't exactly get a warm embrace from its users. But VBMS has matured a bit since then. In the fourth quarter of 2014, it had zero unplanned downtime, and VA is just about to process its one million claims in an entirely-paperless format. Dawn Bontempo, director of Veterans Benefits Management System, talked about the progress with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.


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