7:17 am, February 27, 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.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:55pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy and Marine Corps are investing millions of dollars in unmanned helicopters, jeeps and ships, which sound like they're right out of science fiction novels. The scientists and technologists were in full geek mode as they discussed the next generation vehicles and weapons at the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller visited the expo and spoke with several of the people behind the new innovations.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:45pm EST
Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, inherits a governmentwide IT budget of about $81 billion. He also takes over at a time when federal agencies are ramping up their cybersecurity spending. Karen Evans is executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former e-Government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down his top priorities as the new federal CIO.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:43pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

If Congress can't put together a spending plan for the Homeland Security Department by the end of the month, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he may have to furlough 30,000 employees. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the current budget progress on Capitol Hill.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:39pm EST
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

Federal agencies are wise to contractors that low-ball their contract prices just to get a deal. Some of those companies try to get around the low price by doing the work at normal price anyway, and getting the agency to reimburse them. Bill Welch is partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he did a post-mortem on a recent Navy contract that shows the agency's catching on to this tactic.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:37pm EST
Molly O'Neill, Vice President, CGI Federal

Tony Scott will be the new federal chief information officer. He comes from a career spent entirely in the private sector, and most recently as senior vice president and CIO of VMWare. Molly O'Neill is vice president of CGI Federal, and former CIO of the Environmental Protection Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared some thoughts on the job Tony Scott has ahead of him.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:31pm EST
Paul Posner, George Mason University

President Barack Obama proposed a reorganization of several parts of the federal government. He wants to combine several food safety agencies and streamline some trade and commerce organizations. Paul Posner is director and professor of the Master's in Public Administration program at George Mason University. He's also former Director of Federal Budget and Intergovernmental Relations at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a warning for the agencies that would merge, and especially for Congress.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:27pm EST
John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The Office of Personnel Management is falling behind in the plan to get rid of its backlog of retirement claims. The latest retirement numbers show OPM's backlog is growing, even though it received fewer claims than it expected. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting, and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the retirement trends he sees at OPM.


Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:01am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 9, 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 Senate committee approves legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, Homeland Security officials are starting to warn about the consequences of a lapse in funding and the Postal Service sees a 4.3 percent boost in revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:33pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's been working for the past several years on a more "comprehensive" approach to fitness, instead of one that measures how many pushups a soldier can do or how quickly he can run a mile. But when it comes to the overall health of the force, the Army's surgeon general says her biggest concern is how much sleep they're getting. It's not enough. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.


Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:28pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

A unique group of federal employees has its own retirement plan that isn't part of the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employee Retirement System. They're covered by a plan called the CSRS Offset plan. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how that system works and why it's easy to overlook.


Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:24pm EST
Federal News Countdown: IT spending, federal pay raise

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, and Rafael Borras, senior adviser at A.T. Kearney, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:17pm EST
Greg Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service is making progress with controls over its purchase card program. The agency has implemented almost all the recommendations the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has made. But there are still some loose ends to tie up. Greg Kutz is assistant inspector general for audit -- management services and exempt organizations -- at TIGTA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said 14 examples of misuse turned up in a review, but that's a small fraction of the overall use of purchase cards.


Friday - 02/06/2015, 07:22am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 6, 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, five female officers completed the latest Army prep course for Ranger School, the White House names a long time industry technologist as the next federal chief information officer and Senate Democrats block a Republican bid to fund the Homeland Security Department for the third day in a row.

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:08pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Social Security Administration is shedding its reputation as an agency stuck in the 1980s when it comes to IT. SSA cobbled together a few leftover computers and took advantage of an open source platform to develop a new approach to conquering its big data problem. Ann Am-Rhein is SSA's deputy associate commissioner for the Office of Earning, Enumeration and Administrative systems. Ron Sikes is SSA's director of business intelligence and analytics. They tell Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why their new approach earned honors in the Igniting Innovation awards.


Thursday - 02/05/2015, 05:01pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is planning a significant technical overhaul of the way its headquarters staff commands and controls the missions of soldiers in the field. As Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the next time an division of soldiers goes into combat, a good chunk of them might be telecommuting.


Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:59pm EST
Waldron: GSA misses other direct costs problem in schedule redo

The General Services Administration and MITRE are modernizing the GSA schedules program. They've asked a number of stakeholders to look at questions they want to ask industry to determine how to move ahead. Roger Waldron is the President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's effort is welcome -- and overdue.


Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:37pm EST
Katz: Academia can't take same cyber steps as government

A hacker group called Lizard Squad finds a backdoor into federal computer networks. It's leveraging university supercomputers that also have access to government data. Jonathan Katz is director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center at the University of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, be broke down the different ways hackers like Lizard Squad can penetrate your agency's network.


Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:17pm EST
Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

President Barack Obama's FY 2016 budget request includes $15 million for cross agency goals. The administration wants to provide an infrastructure for hitting the goals to go with the personnel it's already committed. Steve Kelman is professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said using data to hit the goals is a great priority to have for the last two years of the Obama administration.


Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:15pm EST
Allen: Reverse auctions sometimes 'wrong tool for wrong job'

You can learn a very important lesson from former Secretaries of State that could make or break your company's government business portfolion. But it doesn't have anything to do with foreign policy. That's according to Larry Allen -- he's president of Allen Federal and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what you can learn from diplomats.


Thursday - 02/05/2015, 04:10pm EST
Byers: VA moving from volume to value-based health care

The Veterans Health Administration wants to reinvent how it pays its doctors. To do that, it's modernizing its health care system in a data-driven way. Mark Byers is CEO of DSS Inc. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways data can reinvent and improve health care for the federal government.


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