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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.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:45pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it wants to move as fast as it can to implement some of the early elements of DoD's Joint Information Environment. But that need for speed is at odds with a budget culture, in which the military maps out its major investments several years ahead of time. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.


Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:39pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

A new three-pronged approach to federal acquisition is out from the Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, Anne Rung. The three prongs are: category management; acquisition, workforce, and talent development; and stronger relationships with vendors. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the three prongs aren't a big surprise, but they'll be welcomed by industry.


Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:34pm EST
Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House passes a Defense Authorization bill for next year. It approves $585 billion in defense spending. Roger Zakheim is Counsel for Covington and Burling, and former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the details of the bill.


Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:32pm EST
Susie Adams, CTO, Federal Business Practice, Microsoft

New cybersecurity standards for cloud systems are on the way. The FedRAMP office at the General Services Administration is drafting a new set of rules this month to qualify cloud systems for use with FISMA high specifications. Susie Adams is chief technology officer for federal business practice at Microsoft. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she described the evolution of cloud in the government.


Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:54am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

Anne Rung is three months into her tenure as head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and it looks like she's been busy. On Dec. 4 she released new marching orders for how agencies must use data to make better procurement decisions. She discussed the details with Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, starting with where some of the ideas originated.



Thursday - 12/04/2014, 08:25am EST
Thursday federal headlines - December 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, the House is expected to vote today on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, NASA and contractor engineers are busy with last minute preparations for this morning's launch of the Orion space capsule and reports of military sexual assaults rise 8 percent this year.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 05:14pm EST
Several top-level DoD nominees under Senate review

The Senate Armed Services Commitee is reviewing a group of new White House nominees to fill top-level positions at the Defense Department. The list includes DoD's general counsel position, the commander of Pacific Command and three assistant secretary positions.


Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 05:03pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is closer than ever to becoming law. House and Senate Armed Services Committee members approve the inclusion of FITARA in the National Defense Authorization Act. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the most significant provisions that made it in the NDAA.


Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's looking far and wide -- not just to its usual suppliers -- as it starts to build a long-range plan to maintain U.S. military superiority in 2025 and beyond. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Pentagon is asking for technology ideas from anyone and everyone, starting today.


Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33pm EST
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Federal agency inspectors general are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance, and those reports. Dave McClure is chief strategist of the Veris Group and former associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration. He also performed IT oversight at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether FISMA compliance for cybersecurity is counter intuitive.


Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:28pm EST
Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, told the House Intelligence Committee that China, and perhaps other countries, will be able to shut down and damage critical infrastructure in the United States by 2025. Richard Stiennon is executive editor of the Security Current blog and founder of IT Harvest. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said only one part of Rogers' comment seems off the mark.


Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:24pm EST
Adm. John Harvey, Veterans Affairs Secretary, Virginia Commonwealth

Upgrades are coming at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota that are a long time coming. The Military Times reports the nuclear weapons facility there has maintanance, upkeep, and infrastructure problems. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Virginia's Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, and former commander of Fleet Forces Command. He led a team along with retired Air Force Gen. Lawrence Welsh to look at the nuclear enterprise. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his thoughts about how the nation's nuclear enterprise is in the news all of a sudden.


Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 07:59am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 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, House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a $585 billion defense policy bill for 2015, official word on the nomination of Ashton Carter for Defense Secretary is expected this week and a multi-billion-dollar defense bill proposed by Congress includes more steps to combat military sexual assaults.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:32pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy's top cyber officer says a push for low-priced acquisitions, and delays in Navy modernization programs, are two big concerns about the security of the service's cyber systems. As Jared Serbu reports on In Depth with Francis Rose, the service says it's rethinking the balance between cost and cybersecurity.


Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:25pm EST
Jim Hagy, director, Deloitte

One of the newest hires at your agency could be someone that hasn't had a job in a long time. The Office of Personnel Management is helping agencies find and recruit people who haven't had a job in a while to help the long-term unemployment rate. Jim Hagy is a director for Deloitte's Department of Defense Human Capital practice. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some other human capital management strategies.


Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:15pm EST
Ed Meagher, Husky Elf, Operation Covert Santa

Operation Covert Santa is looking for new recruits. Ed Meagher is Husky Elf of Operation Covert Santa, and also known for his role as former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Operation Covert Santa is a simple job with huge rewards.


Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:13pm EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Education Department is giving prospective managers a chance to walk in their supervisor shoes before buying them. A program called "A Day in the Life" lets GS-14 and 15 employees see what it's like to be a manager by shadowing a current one over a few days. Quay Crowner is the Education Department's acting deputy chief administration officer and HR director. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how the Day in the Life program is part of a broader employee engagement effort going on across the department.


Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:04pm EST
Bill Greenwalt, visiting fellow, American Enterprise Institute

President Barack Obama is going to name a replacement for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The White House expects to formally nominate former Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to lead the Pentagon later this week. Bill Greenwalt is a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared insight on the challenges Carter will have to address if Congress confirms him.


Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 05:00pm EST
Roger Waldron, president, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration isn't taking advantage of two key opportunities that could make a big difference on the quality of its Schedules program. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the two opportunities GSA's missing out on.


Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 04:52pm EST
Richard Marchase, vice president, UAB

For the first time ever, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center completely devoted to protecting information systems will open soon. It will run as part of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Montgomery County, Maryland. The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded the contract to run the new center to the non-profit MITRE Corporation. Richard Marchase is vice president for Research and Economic Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham -- he's helping the Center get off the ground. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the role academia will play in the new operation.


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