6:18 pm, April 23, 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 - 04/02/2014, 04:56pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Major reforms to the General Schedule are the solution for problems with federal hiring and promotion, according to new research from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen. They're proposing reforms like cutting down to five pay scales instead of 15. They also propose replacing tenure-based pay increases with performance-based ones.


Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

The third round of selections for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is about to start. Federal News Radio Web editor Shefali Kapadia goes inside the Fellows program in her special report this week: Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows. Kapadia says the program is a unique bridge between the public and private sectors.


Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Col. Jeremy Martin, Commandant, Defense Information School

A public affairs program for international students is helping the Pentagon meet its strategic defense goals. The Defense Information School is helping students from six different countries develop military communications strategies that are unique to their home countries. DoD says it's part of an overall military-to-military engagement plan. Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School, and one of his students, Capt. Rebecca Callas in the El Savladoran Air Force, were guests on In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.


Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.


Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:59pm EDT
Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

"Executive branch Swiss cheese" is what Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee calls leadership vacancies at your agency. He and ranking member, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), are looking for ways to plug up the employment gaps at your agency. Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, testified before the committee at a hearing called Management Matters: Creating a 21st Century Government. He has a list of recommendations for Congress to follow as it plans a way to modernize your agency's workforce.


Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's reached a tipping point in its ongoing effort to eliminate its backlog of disability claims. The department says the backlog is 40 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But VA observers say there are several problems with the way VA is measuring success. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.


Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Larry Allen, Vice President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Changes are coming to the way your agency manages Multiple Award Schedule. Suggestions come from the General Services Administration Inspector General. Larry Allen, vice president of Allen Federal Business Partners and co-author of "The Week Ahead" newsletter, joins In Depth with Francis Rose.


Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A bigger pay raise for federal employees is on Congress' agenda. But so are some cuts to some of your most important benefits. Jessica Klement, Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.


Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:08pm EDT
Gen. John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff, Army

A tight budget is forcing the Army to cut its ranks by at least 70,000 people over the next five years. The Army also has to let go of some weapons programs to keep its spending levels down. Those plans could come at the cost of military readiness.


Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Telework and a strong technology infrastructure could be the best way to find and keep talented employees at your agency. That's according to a Federal News Radio survey of chief human capital officers across the federal government. Jeri Buchholz, NASA's chief human capital officer, joined Federal News Radio's Jason Miller and Francis Rose to discuss the results of the survey and NASA's new culture strategy to tackle those challenges. Read Jason's related article and view the full survey results.


Monday - 03/31/2014, 06:39pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The cave outside Boyers, Pa., is well known inside gederal government service. That huge Washington Post story last weekend isn't news to anyone inside the federal space. Several attempts to fix the system wound up dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the system at Boyers isn't likely to change any time soon.


Monday - 03/31/2014, 06:31pm EDT
Linda Kohn, Government Accountability Office

A lack of standards is undermining a push for better electronic health records at the Health and Human Services Department. Linda Kohn, director of Health Care Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose she is investigating how recent changes to the EHR strategy might expose program issues the department can fix later on.


Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:55pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Another effort to quantify morale at your is underway. The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), tells the Government Accountability Office to look at a number of factors that might affect employee morale. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he's seen it all before.


Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:52pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department isn't satisfied with the cloud security standards under the FedRAMP program. A new policy details additional requirements for vendors. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's cloud security requirements in his biweekly features, Inside the Reporter's Notebook.


Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.Y.)

The Littoral Combat Ship program is in turmoil as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sets up a task force to look at alternatives to the LCS. That task force's recommendations could include a modified LCS system, an alternative system or continuing with the LCS as-is. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, heard from leaders across the Navy and Marine Corps. In our Congressional Spotlight, he explains his concerns about the LCS.


Monday - 03/31/2014, 05:33pm EDT
Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment

Your input will help the Information Sharing Environment with Project Interoperability. It's the next stage in developing standards for sharing information, but the format of the project is different. Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the rollout of Project Interoperability.


Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:11pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Bernie Mazer is retiring from the Interior Department after spending nearly four years at the agency's chief information officer. Mazer becomes the second CIO this week to announce his retirement, and at least the eighth to change jobs in the last six months. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on Mazer's decision to retire and why there seems to be an exodus of CIOs.


Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says its early analyses of its excess base infrastructure show it's spending at least a half billion dollars per year on facilities it no longer needs. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, that figure is very likely to climb as the Army gets smaller in the coming years.


Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:00pm EDT
Melanie Roe, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Public Affairs, CBP

Customs and Border Protection has completed an online metamorphosis. The agency has a new and improved website. Melanie Roe, assistant commissioner of the Office of Public Affairs at CBP, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose.


Friday - 03/28/2014, 05:32pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Chinese servers, NSA data collection

Steve Bucci, director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, and Ron Marks, president of Intelligence Enterprises and senior fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, joined Francis Rose to count down the week's top stories on Federal News Countdown.

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