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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The cyber attack that hit Sony Pictures two weeks ago was a sophisticated operation -- so sophisticated, officials say, that it also would have made it past almost all of the cybersecurity systems deployed in federal agencies right now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , cybersecurity

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:48pm EST

Dan Chenok and Rick Holgate, Co-Chairs, ACT-IAC

The Office of Personnel Management is trying for the fifth time to modernize its technology for processing retirement claims. OPM will choose a foundation for a fully automated system next year. Rick Holgate is Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Dan Chenok is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. They're both co-chairs for ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies like OPM, and others, are planning their IT futures.

Tags: Dan Chenok , Rick Holgate , ACT-IAC , ATF , IBM Center for the Business of Government , OPM ,

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:34pm EST

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

President Bacack Obama's "thank you" speech to his agencies' senior leaders is causing mixed reactions among the federal community. Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro appreciates the effort, but also wonders why it took six years. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own thoughts on the President's speech yesterday.

Tags: Jeff Neal , ICF International , Senior Executive Service , management

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:26pm EST

Patrick Costello, Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations

The Pentagon's new Defense Innovation Initiative is called the third offset strategy. But it's not the only offset the defense industrial base should pay attention to. Patrick Costello is deputy director of Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what these offsets are.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:17pm EST

Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act give the Defense Department certainty for the rest of Fiscal 2015. After that: Nobody knows for sure. Sequestration is back on the table, at least for now. Robert Hale is former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller -- he's now a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the impacts the sequester had on the department.

Tags: Bob Hale , Booz Allen Hamilton , DoD , budget ,

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:12pm EST

Wednesday federal headlines - December 10, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, House and Senate negotiators agree to a $1.1 trillion, 2015 spending bill, Secretary of State John Kerry asks Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State and Customs and Border Protection is in the midst of a drive to recruit women to become agents.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 08:46am EST

Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

For the first time, the Homeland Security Department is showcasing its cybersecurity research and development for a much wider audience. The Science and Technology Directorate's goal is to move these cyber projects out of the lab and into the commercial marketplace. Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division within DHS' Science and Technology directorate, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what DHS wants to accomplish with next week's cyber R&D showcase in Washington.

Tags: Doug Maughn , DHS , cybersecurity , technology ,

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:58pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House launched three major reforms to the Senior Executive Service on Tuesday. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers may actually have more long-term meaning than a host of new initiatives. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details and reaction.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:56pm EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the Pentagon's suppliers, DoD's decisions about whether to classify their products as "commercial" can have a big impact on how an acquisition goes forward. Right now, those decisions don't always have a lot of rhyme or reason. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD is taking steps to make those determinations a bit more consistent.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:55pm EST

Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

The first problem with IT procurement reform is that nobody has a clear idea of what it should look like. But a movement called Acquisition of the Future is trying to frame that vision of the future. That's according to Kymm McCabe -- she's CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a quote from Alice in Wonderland she thinks perfectly sums up the challenges facing IT procurement reform.

Tags: Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , acquisition , technology ,

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:40pm EST
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