Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- 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
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- 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.
The Defense Department has spent years on a blueprint for what it says will eventually become a single, standards-based IT environment. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says the department expects to have all the technical standards on paper by the end of the year. Read Jared's related article.
NASA's reliance on private companies to get astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station is in question now because of the problems with the U.S. relationship with Russia. But the future of the private space industry in the U.S. looks bright, thanks to NASA's plan to spur competition in that industry. Alan Lindenmoyer is program manager of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center and a finalist for a Service to America Medal in the Management Excellence category. He describes to In Depth with Francis Rose the series of events that led NASA to encourage private space development. Read a Q&A with Lindenmoyer.
The scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs is another chink in the armor of public opinion about the federal government. And the public anger about the scandal may mean your agency gets even less room to make mistakes than it has now. Tom Shoop, editor in chief of Government Executive Magazine, joins In Depth with Francis Rose.
Unlocking retirement funds could get easier for federal law enforcement officers. Current law means officers can't access their TSP until they are eligible to retire. Officers sometimes can't tap into retirement funds for up to 10 years or they'll face a tax penalty. Reps. Dave Reicher (R-Wash.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) introduced a bill to change that. Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, gives his view to In Depth with Francis Rose.
Roger Baker, chief strategy officer at Agilex, and Jim Williams, principal at Schambach & Williams Consulting, countdown the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.
In two separate votes yesterday, the House shot down nearly every one of the Defense Department's proposals to cut its costs, and the Senate allowed just a few. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu gives the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp and update on the process for building the 2015 defense authorization bill.
Are federal budget and staffing shortfalls — particularly among the federal government's acquisition workforce — fueling a climate of mistrust between the government and its contractors? Experts told Federal News Radio as part of the special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees explore the importance of communication in building trust.
Government hiring is down 37 percent in the past four years. The Pathways Programs were supposed to be part of the solution. But 20 percent of chief human capital officers say they use Pathways often to hire new employees. That's according to a new survey of 62 CHCOs and agency HR leaders from the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton. It describes five big challenges CHCOs see in government. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the survey with In Depth with Francis Rose.
Accusations of misconduct at the VA have some people questioning government performance measures. Some critics say government shouldn't waste its time with performance measures at all. Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, writes about a different take on the Lectern blog this week. He shares his thoughts with In Depth with Francis Rose.
A 1 percent pay raise for 2015 will go a little way toward rebuilding trust between federal employees and Congress and federal employees and their leaders. But only a little way. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, wrote a column as part of our special report: Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. He says he learned at a recent hearing the trust problems in the workforce are complicated.
Contractors are at the center of two out three major breaches of government trust over the past few years -- Aaron Alexis, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. And the Office of Management and Budget is looking at ways it can improve the federal background investigation process over the next few months. Mike Fischetti, executive director of the National Contract Management Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose s part of our special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees He tells Francis how the relationship between contractors and government is changing.
Acquisition reforms are under way at agencies across government. But those efforts may be a waste of time unless stakeholders change some basic perceptions of the acquisition community. Kymm McCabe, president and CEO of ASI Government, was Francis Rose's guest on Industry Chatter today as part of our special report: Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.
Federal chief human capital officers are starting to say that working within the current federal HR system may not be the answer to improving hiring, firing and other personnel processes. Instead, they say it's time to make wholesale changes to the increasingly unwieldy human resources system. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive to discuss ideas on how to fix the federal HR system. Read Jason's related article.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has dozens of projects in the pipeline that it says could help the federal government move forward on cybersecurity. It displayed some of them in the Pentagon courtyard yesterday with hopes of drawing in more expertise to build those projects. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related story.
Despite the challenges they face, federal employees come to work every day and strive to do their best because they are dedicated to their jobs. What will it take for Congress to start treating them with the respect they deserve, asks AFGE President J. David Cox in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees.
People work better and more efficiently when they feel respected. And lately, Congress hasn't done a lot to make federal workers feel valued, says Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in a column written for Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. But, Tester says, he has a plan to start changing that low morale.
Trust but verify. President Ronald Reagan used that phrase when discussing relations with the former Soviet Union. Now it's taking on a new meaning in government. Agencies are developing insider threat programs and creating a new culture of "trust but verify." As part of Federal News Radio's special report, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees,executive editor Jason Miller explores what it takes to create an insider threat program that equally protects the government, its employees and contractors. Read Jason's related article.
Two recent executive orders to introduce new wage equality standards for federal contractors really just mean business as usual. That's according to Tom Mason, a partner for Cooley LLP that provides legal representation for federal contracting companies. He's also a contributor to the Federal Contractor Compliance Watch blog. As part of Federal News Radio's special report Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and its Employees, he contractors typically don't have many compliance issues with social reforms because their relationships with agencies already include a high level of trust. That's what he tells In Depth with Francis Rose.
Changing an agency's management culture at every level of responsibility earns some high-level recognition for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Its Employee Development Division uses an initiative called the Individual and Organizational Progressive Leader Development Program. Cheryl Seminara, director of FEMA's Employee Development Division, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about accepting the Graduate School USA's 2014 Deming Award on behalf of her team.
The Air Force will shift Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's five-year plan to reduce headquarters staff into overdrive. The Federal Times reports the branch wants to cut more than 20 percent of its HQ workforce by next summer. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about the Air Force hitting the gas pedal on its workforce reduction goals.