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8:00 am, December 20, 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.

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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Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:20am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 8, 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, more than 10,000 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan early next year, a Navy civilian engineer is indicted on charges that he tried to steal aircraft carrier schematics and have them sent to Egypt and the number of federal employees filing for retirement dips in November.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:32pm EST
Federal News Countdown: A wonk in the Pentagon, ISIS threat

Sharon Burke, senior adviser of the International Security Program at the New America Foundation, and Steve Bucci, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:17pm EST
Dan Mintz, Principal, ESEM Consulting

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. Those IG reports are still good news though, says Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department Chief Information Officer and now principal at ESEM Consulting. Dan tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's because the IGs haven't always been so hands-on with FISMA compliance.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:01pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The next big change at the Department of Defense may be in the Chief Information Officer's office. But it may not be a personnel change; it may be a change to the organization chart. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those changes as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 03:55pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A budget battle is still waging in Congress. This time, it's President Barack Obama's immigration order that could led to a government shutdown. But an omnibus spending bill is now gaining traction in the House. It funds most agencies for a full year but gives the Homeland Security Department funding for a few months. That gives Congress time to revisit the President's immigration policy when Republicans take over the Senate next year. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this situation isn't anything new.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:27am EST
Friday federal headlines - December 5, 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, It's take two for NASA today to launch its Orion spacecraft, Veterans Affairs has a new mess on its hands and the new United States ambassador to Iraq says a sticking point between the two countries is resolved.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 FederalNewsRadio.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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