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10:08 am, January 31, 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.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:15pm EST
Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The calendar new year is just under way, but the year-end rush for fiscal 2015 is still eight months away. This year's fiscal-year-end rush may be a little different than other years though. Dr. Nick Nayak is former Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said you might see a blast to start the year off, then another rush in the fall.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 08:03am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 2, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Postal Service will start a round of plant closures next week, the FBI plans to add some new experts to its investigative teams cyber agents and leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee want answers about how federal law enforcement uses technology for sweeping up cell phone data.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:29pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

A budget resolution early in 2015 is a top priority for the incoming 114th Congress. Republican leaders have already said they're interested in passing some federal workforce reforms. Jessica Klement is legislative director for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said she's worried about the possibility of a budget reconciliation, and what that could mean for federal employee benefits in the future. In her Top 3 for 15, she says she's keeping a closer eye on federal workforce policy reforms coming from the new Congress.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:28pm EST
Jane Holl Lute, President, Council on Cybersecurity

A data breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs is the latest in the long line of cyber events in the Federal government. Jane Holl Lute is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Cybersecurity, and former Deputy Secretary of the Homeland Security Department. In her Top 3 for 2015, she writes low cost, basic cybersecurity prevents 80 percent to 90 percent of all known attacks. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained whether or not she's confident that equation will stay the same this year since incentives for the bad guys will continue to grow.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:26pm EST
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Four new pieces of cybersecurity legislation give federal IT leaders some new tools to deal with network and information security. But that law may be responding to threats -- or problems -- that are being overcome by events. Responding to the security and privacy challenges of the Internet of Things may require a new level of thinking and legislation. 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. In his Top 3 for 2015 and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the coming year will be the breakout for the Internet of Things.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:24pm EST
Steve Grundman, Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Senate might confirm Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's replacement in less than a month. At the moment, chances look good for former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to take the helm at the Pentagon. Steve Grundman is George Lund fellow for emerging defense challenges for the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He's also former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Steve tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley Congress has an opportunity to appoint a leader who wants change.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 05:22pm EST
Norton Schwartz, CEO, Business Executives for National Security

Security measures at federal government buildings in Canada and Australia are tighter now, after attacks against those buildings in the last few weeks. So far, the federal government here hasn't seen much difference in the threat landscape. General Norton Schwartz (U.S. Air Force ret.) and former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, is now President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security. In his Top 3 for 2015 and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he says we may be looking at our internal terror threat the wrong way.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 03:30pm EST
Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, USAF retired, Meyerrose Group

New cybersecurity legislation President Obama signed recently may just be the start of Congress's efforts to improve the government's cyber defenses. The 114th Congress will look at other ways to give government IT leaders tools they need to improve security. Major General Dale Meyerrose (US Air Force ret.) was the first Chief Information Officer of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In his Top 3 for 2015, he suggests Congressional response isn't enough. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he believes ongoing tensions that social media highlights don't get enough attention from leaders in the federal government.

Tuesday - 12/30/2014, 08:17am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 30, 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 IRS says it will launch the 2015 tax filing season on time, the Navy assists in the recovery of a downed Indonensian airliner and a special inspector general will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:51pm EST
Todd Harrison, Fellow for Defense Budget Studies, CSBA

Ashton Carter has chosen his support team for the confirmation process to become Secretary of Defense. Defense One reports three people will work with Carter: former Defense Business Board Chairman Michael Bayer; former adviser to Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. Jim Mattis, Sally Donnelly; and 20-year Navy veteran Dave Copp. Todd Harrison is a fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the report from the Defense Department's Compensation Commission is probably one of the first things the new Defense secretary will deal with.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:30pm EST
Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, USMC retired, Punaro Group

The 114th Congress convenes next week, and the budget moves they should make early on are clear to a number of defense experts. One of them is retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, the chief executive officer of the Punaro Group. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why dealing with the sequester, the debt and the deficit should be the top priority.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:09pm EST
Keith Trippie, Chief Executive Officer, Trippie Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs investigated a security hole in a telehealth program. VA said personal information for more than 7,000 vets was been exposed, but the Federal Times reports both the VA and the vendor that provided the service said no data was stolen. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of The Trippie Group, was former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Department of Homeland Security. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose even with the security risks telehealth initiatives will help government serve citizens better and save the government money in a couple different ways.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 05:04pm EST
Chris Smith, AT&T Government Solutions

A flurry of cybersecurity bills passed through Congress after six years of no legal progress at all on the cyber front. Individually, none of the five cyber bills stand out above the rest. That's according to Chris Smith, vice president of for technology at AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's the passage of all five at once that's significant.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 03:04pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Major reforms are coming to the Senior Executive Service. A Leadership Development Program, an advisory group and new customer service award are some of the major changes President Barack Obama has proposed. Bob Tobias, professor with Key Executive Leadership programs at American University, says the reforms are a start. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose he's looking for stronger leadership over of the Executive Branch in 2015.

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:31am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The improved sharing of law enforcement and homeland security information is having the intended effect 10 years after Congress created a new office to lead the effort. The impact of all the changes can now be understood more than a year after the tragic and deadly attack at the Boston Marathon. Kshemendra Paul is the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment. He told executive editor Jason Miller on the Federal Drive about how the response to the Boston Marathon attack, and other examples, shows just how much progress has been made over the last decade.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:22am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 29, 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 Veterans Affairs sustains another data breach, the Merit Systems Protection Board upholds the firing the director of the VA's Phoenix medical center and hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 11:41am EST
Koskinen: IRS faces tough FY 2015 with budget, workforce woes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency is between a rock and a hard place in finding thanks to budget cuts.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 07:53am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 23, 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, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) wants the next Congress to make Postal Service reform a top priority, a former Pentagon official gets five years in prison for sex offense charges and construction has restarted on the stalled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:45pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have a new tool to make online services easier and safer for citizens. The General Services Administration officially launches Connect.gov with two private sector vendors providing identity management services. Jennifer Kerber, director of Connect.gov in the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what the launch of the the new service means to agencies.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:37pm EST
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Today, 13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

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