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10:52 am, December 19, 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.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The cyber attack that hit Sony Pictures two weeks ago was a sophisticated operation -- so sophisticated, officials say, that it also would have made it past almost all of the cybersecurity systems deployed in federal agencies right now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:34pm EST
Dan Chenok and Rick Holgate, Co-Chairs, ACT-IAC

The Office of Personnel Management is trying for the fifth time to modernize its technology for processing retirement claims. OPM will choose a foundation for a fully automated system next year. Rick Holgate is Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Dan Chenok is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. They're both co-chairs for ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies like OPM, and others, are planning their IT futures.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:26pm EST
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

President Bacack Obama's "thank you" speech to his agencies' senior leaders is causing mixed reactions among the federal community. Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro appreciates the effort, but also wonders why it took six years. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own thoughts on the President's speech yesterday.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:17pm EST
Patrick Costello, Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations

The Pentagon's new Defense Innovation Initiative is called the third offset strategy. But it's not the only offset the defense industrial base should pay attention to. Patrick Costello is deputy director of Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what these offsets are.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:12pm EST
Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act give the Defense Department certainty for the rest of Fiscal 2015. After that: Nobody knows for sure. Sequestration is back on the table, at least for now. Robert Hale is former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller -- he's now a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the impacts the sequester had on the department.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 08:46am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 10, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, House and Senate negotiators agree to a $1.1 trillion, 2015 spending bill, Secretary of State John Kerry asks Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State and Customs and Border Protection is in the midst of a drive to recruit women to become agents.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:58pm EST
Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

For the first time, the Homeland Security Department is showcasing its cybersecurity research and development for a much wider audience. The Science and Technology Directorate's goal is to move these cyber projects out of the lab and into the commercial marketplace. Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division within DHS' Science and Technology directorate, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what DHS wants to accomplish with next week's cyber R&D showcase in Washington.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:56pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House launched three major reforms to the Senior Executive Service on Tuesday. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers may actually have more long-term meaning than a host of new initiatives. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details and reaction.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:55pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the Pentagon's suppliers, DoD's decisions about whether to classify their products as "commercial" can have a big impact on how an acquisition goes forward. Right now, those decisions don't always have a lot of rhyme or reason. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD is taking steps to make those determinations a bit more consistent.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:46pm EST
Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

The White House has a reform plan for the senior executive service. In a meeting with almost 3,000 members of the SES today, President Barack Obama said new programs like a White House Leadership Development Program will help replace outgoing talent lost due to retirement. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the reform options will mean for the federal work force.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:40pm EST
Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

The first problem with IT procurement reform is that nobody has a clear idea of what it should look like. But a movement called Acquisition of the Future is trying to frame that vision of the future. That's according to Kymm McCabe -- she's CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a quote from Alice in Wonderland she thinks perfectly sums up the challenges facing IT procurement reform.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:27pm EST
Sean Morris, Director, Federal Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

Federal employees' overall satisfaction with their jobs fell for the fourth year in a row. That's according to the annual Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings from the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. The Partnership noted a big problem for the government is that private sector job satisfaction is up. Sean Morris is director of Federal Human Capital Practice at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the rankings and what they mean for your agency.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:15pm EST
Obama SES reform plan makes problem worse, not better

President Barack Obama addressed members of the Senior Executive Service today intending to raise their morale. In Depth host Francis Rose says the President's remarks may have done the opposite.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:06pm EST
Robert Hale and Ron Sanders, Booz Allen Hamilton

President Barack Obama announced three major initiatives today to boost the Senior Executive Service. It's the latest in a long line of initiatives and research on improving the SES. Booz Allen and the Partnership for Public Service have proposed reforms to the SES. Booz Allen's Ron Sanders -- former Chief Human Capital Officer for the intelligence community -- and Bob Hale -- former Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) -- talked about those SES reform recommendations on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 08:57am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 9, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, President Obama will meet with members of the Senior Executive Service and other federal career managers today, fast passage of the 2015 spending bill has hit a snag and American embassies are preparing for backlash from today's release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:22pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees may not be able to release the 2015 omnibus spending bill Monday. Policy riders could derail its chances for passage. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the chances that Congress will pass an omnibus bill before the continuing resolution runs out on Thursday.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:20pm EST
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The results of a governmentwide sweep to see how well agencies are meeting the goals set by the DATA Act is headed to Congress. The Government Accountability Office is bringing its results to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The GAO reports most agencies still have a tough road ahead. That road includes a 2015 deadline to create governmentwide data standards. Chris Mihm, managing director for strategic issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, the sooner your agency meets those goals, the better.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:16pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Federal agencies are losing the leadership skills that truly inspire employees to do a good job. Bob Tobias, professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, draws that conclusion after looking at the results from different categories in the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what leaders are lacking.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:13pm EST
Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

Some changes will come to the highest levels of the Defense Department if the National Defense Authorization Act becomes law. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller says the deputy chief management officer will become the undersecretary of defense for business management and information starting Feb. 1, 2017. The NDAA includes language that will merge the DoD CIO and performance improvement officer into the new undersecretary position. Beth McGrath was Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Pentagon, and she's now with Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explains what the effect of the law will be.

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Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:10pm EST
Scott Quehl, Accenture Federal Services, Simon Szykman, Attain

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is closer to passage as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will empower Chief Information Officers to make more budget decisions, and be more embedded in the strategic directions of federal agencies. Simon Szykman is Chief Technology Officer of Federal Services at Attain, and former chief information officer of the Commerce Department. Scott Quehl is Senior Principal at Accenture Federal Services, and former chief financial officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Commerce Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they said there was no "one moment" the Commerce team decided to work collaboratively in the C-Suite.

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