This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.
The federal government cybersecurity community is going through a transition. Compliance is giving way to continuous monitoring and diagnotics. Pat Schambach has been chief information officer at three federal agencies: ATF, TSA and the Secret Service. He’s now a principal at Schambach and Williams Consulting. He was also Francis Rose’s guest today on Industry Chatter
Dave Powner Director of Information Technology Management Issues Government Accountability Office
The federal government plans to invest more than $38 billion in the IT Dashboard in fiscal 2014. Agencies are managing major IT investments well enough. But the way they organize investment ratings needs some work.
$600 million a year goes toward a government performance rating process that isn’t getting the job done. But fixing the system means crafting new human resources tools with a purpose. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer and the Department of Homeland Security. He’s also the author of the Chief HRO blog and he has a preview of a new piece that will be up tomorrow.
The Navy says financial unpredictability year after year has made it difficult to plan and execute an effective program for modernizing and maintaining its fleet of surface ships. But if constant turmoil over the federal budget is the new normal, Navy officials say it’s time to build business processes that anticipate uncertainty.
The Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector is the newest industry association in the federal community. ITAPS is facing two uphill battles. One is common among all industry: how to influence the coming changes to the federal procurement system. The other is one only ITAPS faces: the need to attract new members while defending itself against a $5 million lawsuit from a rival association. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller provides details on how the IT Alliance for Public Sector is taking on these two challenges.
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.