Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
Shows & Panels
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.
Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.
Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration employees see the results of budget cuts and sequestration. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote in his column "Alice in Washington Wonderland" why these cuts apply to the federal workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Terrorists in the Middle East are using weapons, supplies, and even new technology made in the United States in their attacks on Iraqi cities and elsewhere. David Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners and a writer for the Security Debrief blog. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose, they're even using a brand new drug the Food and Drug Administration just approved for military use in April, and it's calling into question the security of the military supply chain.
Your agency's funding bill may be among the spending vehicles that appear to be stalling out in Congress. The Senate's effort to get several bills through in a package has hit a roadblock. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog. He detailed the stops-and-starts of the agency budget process on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The Defense Department's showing negative side effects from a rough transition to a new healthcare contractor in the western United States. Those side effects are because of a 21-billion dollar contract award to a healthcare administration company new to the TRICARE system. Debra Draper is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose that cost overruns and healthcare delays are cropping up because TRICARE management didn't pay close enough attention to the company's transition process.
When it comes to getting better results out of federal programs, the Office of Management and Budget says it's all well and good to measure past performance, but it's time to start pivoting from a focus on short term goals to implementing lasting improvements. To do that, OMB is telling agencies to put their energy into a new regime of "strategic reviews" in response to the 2010 Government Performance And Results Act Modernization Act. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, writes about the direction OMB is pushing agencies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three parts of the implementation process.
Over the past few years, there's been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there's also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It's just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.
An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.
When President Barack Obama signed the Digital Transparency and Accountability Act last month, outside experts said implementing the latest open government law would be a big lift for agencies. In some new draft documents obtained by Federal News Radio, the Office of Management and Budget seems to be acknowledging as much but also signaling a commitment to get it done. It's one of the topics Executive Editor Jason Miller covers in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.
The Merit Systems Protection Board knew more than a year ago it was likely to be swamped with federal employees appealing their furloughs when sequestration first kicked in. But it's been a busy 19 months for the agency. It's still dealing with the 32,000 appeals it got from furloughed employees. And as Federal News Radio's Mike Causey discussed with Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose, none of them have been approved so far.
It's no secret the U.S. faces some big challenges with the size and capacity of its cybersecurity workforce. But putting a finer point on those challenges isn't as easy. An all-week event at Virginia Tech tried to answer those questions. At the 2014 U.S Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Camp, attendees got intensive training on discrete cyber skills but also an overview of the overall workforce shortage, and where their specialized skills might be able to help. Mari Galloway, director of finance for the Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu, was one of the 45 participants in this week's event. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of her main takeaways.
After a five-year period during which the Air Force had no Senate-confirmed official at the top of its acquisition chain, the service finally has a leader in place. Dr. William LaPlante was confirmed in February as assistant secretary for acquisition. In a speech at the Atlantic Council last week, he outlined his five main priorities. Arnold Punaro introduced LaPlante at that event; he explained the potential for defense acquisition reform on In Depth with Jared Serbu.
Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act, or GPRA. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explains how agencies are taking a different approach.
Employees under the age of 30 make up 7 percent of the federal workforce. Employees under age 30 made up more than 20 percent of the federal workforce in 1975. But your agency shouldn't just bring on young people just for the sake of making young hires. Finding the right talent to fill your agency's mission means taking a more holistic approach to hiring. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He explained why the numbers shouldn't scare off agencies on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The year 2012 saw more Freedom of Information Act requests than any time in the law's history. The Administrative Conference of the United States says about 650,000 requests came in and it cost the federal government at least $23 million in litigation costs, and it considers that cost a conservative estimate. Gavin Baker is an open government analyst at the Center for Effective Government. He wrote about the recommendations in the center's blog, The Fine Print, and shared them on In Depth with Jared Serbu.
The Pentagon says it's making a $9 billion investment over the next five years to minimize how much diesel and jet fuel it needs for combat operations. But DoD's consumption is still expected to rise over the next half decade because of new energy hungry technologies like the F-35 and Littoral Combat Ship. Sharon Burke, senior fellow for the International Security Program at New America Foundation, is also former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, she argues DoD's energy appetite isn't just a budget concern. She said on In Depth with Jared Serbu it's increasingly going to challenge the military's ability to perform its missions.
As of now, there are an estimated 7,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government. Again, it's an estimate, because there is no centralized list of political jobs, so no one knows the actual number. Nor is there a list of how many of those jobs are vacant on any given day. John Hudak argues that missing data created an embarrassing management and oversight problem for Congress and OMB. He has some ideas for how to close that information gap. Hudak is a fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He explained on In Depth with Jared Serbu how the government machine can still run with a large number of vacancies.
The Defense Department is testing what cybersecurity in the cloud would look like for certain mission critical systems. DoD's pilots come as the agencies leading the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, are just beginning to explore what the future state of cloud security would look like. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Kevin Dulany, DoD's chief of the risk management oversight division in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Maria Roat, FedRAMP director. Read Jason's related article.
D.C.'s Objective Rally Point will have its monthly business networking breakfast next Tuesday. The goal is to connect veteran businessmen and women with their colleagues and other people interested in joining their teams. Lee Dougherty is a principal at Offit Kurman and a former legal advisor to the Army. He shared his views on the state of veteran employment with Jared Serbu on In Depth.
A small team at the U.S. Agency for International Development is helping developing nations find financial aid. Jason Fleming is the Latin America-Caribbean and Europe-Eurasia Team Leader of the Development Credit Authority. So far, he and his team have generated more than $1 billion in financial assistance for 42 developing countries. For that work, they're finalists in the Call To Service category in this year's Service to America medals. He explained how the agency's loan guarantee program works on In Depth with Jared Serbu. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists or read a Q&A with Jason Fleming