In the 1970s most people in the medical community didn’t believe it was possible to use a patient’s own body to attack cancer cells and slow tumor growth. Dr. Steven Rosenberg did and advanced the field of immunotherapy. Dr. Rosenberg is chief of the surgery branch of the National Cancer Institute and a finalist for a Service to America Medal in the career achievement category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose how immunotherapy works and how its changing how doctors treat cancer.
The Office of Personnel Management cyber breaches are pushing the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to encourage agencies to move to the Einstein program. That program is billed as a way to uncover intrusions. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is working on the bill along with the chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Carper tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he and Senator Johnson think the bill is necessary and what they want it to accomplish.
The blame for the Office of Personnel Management cyber breach is on OPM right now. But OPM said the breach wasn’t its fault. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and writes the Week Ahead newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where the finger gets pointed when something goes wrong.
The Supreme Court only hears a few dozen cases a year. But one on the docket will answer big questions around contracting practices by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The question for the court is does the VA have to give preference to veteran-owned small businesses in all instances? Steve Koprince, managing partner of Koprince Law, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the case’s potential impact.
The government’s cybersecurity spend is destined to go toward figuring where the cyber holes are while cloud computing adoption continues at a modest pace. These are a few predictions from Deltek’s Federal IT Industry Outlook. Deniece Peterson is the director of federal industry analysis for Deltek. On Industry Chatter, she tells In Depth with Francis Rose her prognosis for the Federal IT market.
In today’s news, a tiny White House program will have a big impact on how agencies work and the Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies less than two weeks to implement smart I.D. cards for network and computer access for privileged users.
The Office of Personnel Management says it’s investigating the cyber breaches that allowed the loss of information of millions of federal employees. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose is former the Chief Information Officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He’s now president of the Meyerrose Group. He tells In Depth at Francis Rose about what to expect next after OPM’s cyber breaches.
Soon the Pentagon and Google will be neighbors. The Defense Department is establishing a presence in Silicon Valley. The goal is to attract top tech talent to government work. Just taking that step might not be enough though. Peter Newell, former director of the Rapid Equipping Force at the Army and now managing partner at BMNT Partners, explains the challenges DoD will face on In Depth with Francis Rose.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he thinks negotiators from the House Armed Services Committee and his committee will wrap up their discussions within the next week or so. Language on defense procurement in both bills is part of the negotiation going on right now between the two committees. Jon Etherton, principal of Etherton & Associates, explains the similarities and differences in the two bills on In Depth with Francis Rose.
The U.S. far ahead of any potential adversary in its ability to strike where and when it wants. But the gap is shrinking. Sustaining America’s Precision Strike Advantage is the latest release from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Bryan Clark and Mark Gunzinger are senior fellows there and co-authors of the work. They joined Francis Rose on Pentagon Solutions to talk about the importance of the U.S. maintaining its precision strike advantage.
In today’s news, two software vendors agree to pay $75.5 million to settle allegations of overcharging the government, the Veterans Affairs Department’s acting inspector general is retiring after a turbulent year and former General Services Administration executive Jeff Neely has been sentenced to three months in prison.
The Office of Personnel Management’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system is offline now after the agency says it found a security vulnerability. The site will be offline for four to six weeks. OPM hasn’t said the discovery came out of the 30-day cyber sprint called for by federal CIO Tony Scott. Karen Evans, executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge and former e-gov administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, is watching the agencies respond to Tony Scott’s call. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose, how the OPM breach is changing the way agencies protect their data.
The federal government keeps meticulous records on the past performance of contractors in order to help agencies decide whether to award more work to those firms in the future. But that’s not true when it comes to grants to local governments and nonprofits. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose that the White House wants to create a governmentwide repository of how grant dollars have been used in the past.
Congress is working on two bills that impact the Thrift Savings Plan. But this time you don’t need to worry about someone messing up a good thing. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose how both bills may affect you.
The next step in the debate over the OPM cyber breaches may happen in court. The largest federal employee union is suing the Office of Personnel Management. Federal News Radio Reporters Emily Kopp has on the details of the suit.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.
Francis also writes a weekly commentary for Federal News Radio. Read his latest columns.