10:22 am, May 25, 2015

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 - 05/19/2015, 04:55pm EDT
Sharla Rausch, Former Deputy Director, Office of National Labs, DHS

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson says his agency can't move forward unless it stops talking about low morale. Sharla Rausch, chair of the Women in Homeland Security STEM Committee, is former deputy director of the Office of National Laboratories for DHS. When she was at the agency, she told her colleagues, "It all boils down to people." But in a piece for Security Debrief, she says rearranging a few of those words more accurately describes how federal employees are feeling today — and not in a good way. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why national security boils down to understanding your employees.


Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Gary Becker, Chief Economist, Catalyst Partners

The Transportation Security Administration gets more customer complaints on its pre-check screening program as more passengers use it. But the TSA doesn't have a comprehensive policy for releasing that information to the public. Gary Becker, chief economist for Catalyst Partners and former senior economist for the Homeland Security Department's private sector office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the customer service complaint data and what this could mean for TSA.


Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

The Office of Management and Budget is taking comments now on its guidance for implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA could be a big landscape change for government IT— for both the government buyers and the industry sellers. Richard Spires, former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service and now chief executive officer at Resilient Network Systems, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's positive about FITARA.


Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:19pm EDT
David Walker, Senior Strategic Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers

A leadership vacuum may be the biggest holdup to transforming government operations. David Walker, the former Comptroller of the United States, is now with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why political appointees should think of themselves as executive leaders: chief operating officer types -- not just secretaries -- or whatever titles they have.


Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:05am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 19, 2015

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 House passes six bills related to veterans, a new bill in the House seeks to bring down the government's costs for employees' prescription drug benefits and with lots of federal leases expiring, Congress sees a chance at reining in the dollars spent on office space.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The defense appropriations process starts in earnest this week. The Overseas Contingency Operations fund will likely be at the center of debate for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. It will likely mark up its fiscal 2016 bill Wednesday. House Republicans want $38 billion in the OCO fund. But President Obama says he will veto any measure that uses the OCO as a way to avoid defense spending caps. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu how this might all play out before Congress breaks for recess next week.


Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The number of workers ages 65 and up will likely go up 23 percent by 2022. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says a heavier focus on education rather than work means the number of young employees in the workforce is going down. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, says as more Americans show an inclination to continue working later in life, government is a good place for people looking for a second or third career.


Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:23pm EDT
Rick Holgate, CIO, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The budget bills the House and Senate are negotiating this week won't do away with the specter of sequestration. The automatic budget cuts in 2013 impacted the dialogue between industry and agencies, according to Rick Holgate, chief information officer at the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Holgate is also outgoing president of the American Council of Technology, after serving in that role for two years. On In Depth, he tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose at ACT-IAC's Management of Change conference, how sequestration affected the relationship between industry and government and how that relationship has been repaired in the last two years.


Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:02pm EDT
John Owens, CIO, US Patent and Trademark Office

The Patent and Trademark Office is reviewing the results of the IT Vets Hiring Fair of 2015 that took place a few weeks ago. John Owens, chief information officer at PTO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose his takeaways from the hiring fair and what he's looking for.


Friday - 05/15/2015, 05:45pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Cyber attacks, Teddy out of the pram

Molly O'Neill of CGI Federal and Simon Szykman of Attain count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose on Federal News Countdown.


Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:52pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Some longtime federal employees in the Federal Employees Retirement System have access to the FERS Supplement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose when you should use it and why your FERS supplement is different from your Social Security benefits.


Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:49pm EDT
Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

Defense Secretary Ash Carter looks to Silicon Valley for help with its new cyber strategy. But Carter doesn't have too much time to get the partnership off the ground before the Obama administration leaves and another one takes its place. Steve Grundman, George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council and former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why Carter should focus on the wins he can earn now.


Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:13am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 15, 2015

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,

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:20pm EDT
Jean C. Zenklusen, Cancer Genome Atlas Program, NCI

Doctors and scientists know more about diagnosing and treating cancer than ever before, thanks to the discoveries of the Cancer Genome Atlas. The atlas maps genetic mutations of 33 different cancers and collects more than 11,000 specimens. Jean Claude Zenklusen is director of the Cancer Genome Atlas Program Office at the National Cancer Institute. He and his colleague, Carolyn Hutter of the National Human Genome Research Institute, are Service to America medal finalists in the Science and Environment category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what the atlas entails.


Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Your agency's program managers could soon have new guidelines, training and recruitment policies. Reps. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduce the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. It organizes a council with senior leaders in the Office of Management and Budget to set new standards for program managers. It also designates one senior executive in each agency as the Program Management Improvement Officer. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and a former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how this could impact your agency's project portfolio.


Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:08pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Contractors are responsible for reporting 11 transactional data elements under a proposed rule from the General Services Administration. GSA says it won't take long for companies to get their systems ready for the new requirements and then do the reporting. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, the time it will take companies to meet GSA's proposed requirements is at least 30 times more than what the agency is predicting.


Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:21am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 14, 2015

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 Defense Secretary nominates two officers to the top military positions in the Army and Navy, the House appropriations committee not only rejects a budget increase for Amtrak, it votes for a big cut, Homeland Security's inspector general issues a tough report on the latest Secret Service incident.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 07:56am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 13, 2015

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, a reprogramming request to pay for an unfinished VA hospital gets a firm 'no' from the Senate Armed Services Committee, thousands of federal employees could get bargaining rights under a House bill and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has a plan for making service in the Navy more family friendly.

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Branching out into new lines of business isn't likely to solve the Postal Service's multibillion dollar financial problems on its own. But USPS officials say they're looking at ways to use technology to deliver new services and to keep traditional mail relevant in a digital world. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.


Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Ed DeSeve, Co-Chair, Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative

The next administration will have a new sounding board to help make the move to the Executive Branch go smoother. The National Academy of Public Administration and American Society for Public Administration launch the Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative. It will advise the new president on management best practices and challenges. Ed DeSeve is a co-chair of the group and former senior advisor to the director for implementation of the Recovery Act in the Office of Management and Budget. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the council will do.


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