4:28 pm, May 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.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has a list of 36 ways to improve its information security systems. The Government Accountability Office says it's finished with 27 of them, and the agency's completing the rest. Gregory Wilshusen is director of information security issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to help the FDIC plug the rest of the gaps in its security systems.


Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 11:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 14, 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 new study finds agencies are falling behind in the race to attract cyber talent, President Obama sends nine nominations to the Senate and Veterans Affairs Department tells Congress it has a plan to pay for its Denver hospital.

Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:13pm EDT
David Hawkings, senior editor, CQ Roll Call

The House of Representatives is gearing up to tackle the first two of 12 appropriations bills for 2016. The plan right now is to bring them to the floor at the end of April. David Hawkings is senior editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the chamber might try to avoid a last-minute scramble and another cromnibus bill.


Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:58pm EDT
Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Law School

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) wants to tie federal salaries to the country's economic growth rate. His bill calls for an immediate 9 percent pay cut for federal employees who make at least $100,000. Steve Kelman is professor of public management for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this isn't a good idea, but in some ways it does make sense.


Monday - 04/13/2015, 08:58am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 13, 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, funds in the Thrift Savings Plan reach a record high of $451 billion, agencies are looking for millions of dollars to fund their digital services teams and activists call on the Senate to immediately confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:43pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Cuban decision, Internet of things

Jim Williams, principal at Schambach and Williams Consulting, and Bob Suda, president of Suda and Associates, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.


Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As part of the Pentagon's newly-unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0, officials say they're planning a concerted push for more open architectures - and owning the data rights to acquisition systems where it's appropriate. But DoD is trying to reassure companies that doesn't mean it will try to demand ownership of its most valued proprietary technology. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.


Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:56pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The White House wants agencies to start preparing now for the final year of the administration's cross-agency management goals. The Office of Management and Budget says the final year will focus on making those changes permanent so they'll carry over into the next administration. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies can prepare for the beginning of the end.


Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The House and Senate budget plans for fiscal 2016 could transform the federal workforce. The House plan would save $281 billion over ten years through staffing cuts and benefits reform. The Senate plan would save $170 billion in similar ways. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his predictions for some potential consequences of the budget plans at your agency.


Friday - 04/10/2015, 08:49am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 10, 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,

Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:51pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Washington, D.C. is a great place to look for business deals with federal agencies. But it's not the only place. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, has a top-three list for increasing federal business opportunities. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the first is to think outside of the capital city.


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Millenials are leaving the federal government in big numbers. A lack of innovation is one contributor. The Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in Government research shows the government's innovation score is down again. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service, says innovation, or lack thereof is a sticky topic in government right now.


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Rocky Galloway, Senior Counsel, General Counsel

Some companies team up to bid on an agency contract. But more organizations can complicate the details of the contract, and that can turn into legal trouble for some organizations. Rocky Galloway, senior counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a specific case where a team solution ended up in court.


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:22pm EDT
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Bid protests at the Government Accountability Office are up, according to the latest numbers from GAO. The actual number of protests in fiscal 2014 was 2,561. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and former deputy administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the total number of protests is pretty small.


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:38am EDT
Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service

The General Services Administration's schedules contracts program is undergoing a transformation. The first of many changes will happen over the next six months. GSA is launching its first consolidated schedule. It's working closely now with vendors who provide professional services. Tiffany Hixson is GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive. She told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller, the FAS is trying to do a better job meeting the needs of its agency customers.


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:25am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next month, the Army will start fielding equipment that gives its commanders access to the networks they need to plan missions while they're airborne and en route to a battle. It's part of a broader Army push for a seamless mission command process, regardless of where the commander happens to be. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story


Thursday - 04/09/2015, 09:54am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 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, federal contractors can't discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees; Secret Service places a high-ranking supervisor on administrative leave after allegations and NASA scientists are confident they'll find alien life in the next few decades.

Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

The definition of the word "strategy" is changing at the Defense Department. And not in a good way. That's according to Frank Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the current definition of the word "strategy" needs to change in four ways, and should include some extra tweaks too.


Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.


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