In Depth Show Blog – April 11

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.

Today’s guests:


Industry Chatter
Thursdays at 3 p.m.

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Maria Horton, founder and chief executive officer of EmeSec, joins Industry Chatter with Francis Rose to discuss information assurance, mobility and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

This interview is part of the Federal News Radio special report, “Rise of the Money People.”

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Dan Helfrich
Deloitte Consulting

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Your agency’s senior executives are happier than the rest of your workforce on every measure. They think leadership is better, they think their pay is more fair and they think training is better. Dan Helfrich, a principal at Deloitte Consulting, joins In Depth to provide some new analysis from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Best Places to Work Snapshot: Perspectives from the Senior Executive Service (related link)

Vice Adm. Phillip Balisle (ret.)
Navy League of the United States’ Maritime Policy Committee

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Heavy traffic is awful on land but great news when it’s at sea. Busy ocean trade lanes are healthy for the economy, but they need constant protection. Retired Vice Adm. Phillip Balisle is the chairman of the Maritime Policy Committee of the Navy League of the United States. He’s also executive vice president of Washington Operations for DRS Technologies. He joins In Depth to discuss the Navy League’s new maritime policy.

Maritime Crossroads: Strategies for Action (related link)

Steve Kelman
Weatherhead Professor of Public Management
Harvard University

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Public perception of the federal government isn’t very flattering. But when people complain about government incompetence, they usually forget the private sector can make the same mistakes. Steve Kelman, professor of Public Management at Harvard University and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, joins In Depth to discuss why people often forget that corporate IT projects can also crash and burn.

Reminder: Corporate IT projects can also crash and burn (related link)

Steve Potts
Graduate School USA

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The retirement wave will eventually hit the financial-management community in the federal government just as other communities. Some agencies are already planning succession for their financial management professionals. Steve Potts is an instructor at Graduate School USA and former assistant to the Secretary of Energy and deputy director of Intelligence Policy at the Defense Department.

This interview is part of the Federal News Radio special report, “Rise of the Money People.”

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From Our Reporters:

  • The Defense Department is supposed to be ready for a partial review of its financial statements by next year. Most outside observers are skeptical that the Pentagon will make it. DoD is still optimistic though. Mark Easton, the department’s deputy chief financial officer, spoke with Jared Serbu about the agency’s preparation for the audit as part of our special report, Rise of the Money People. He told Jared many of the enterprise resource planning systems DoD will need still aren’t ready for prime time. Read Jared’s article and listen to his full interview with Easton. Earlier this week, In Depth spoke with former DoD Deputy CFO Al Tucker and Asif Khan, director of financial management and assurance at the Government Accountability Office, about the challenges DoD has in reaching a clean audit. Listen to that interview here.
  • Agency leaders are more confident in their financial data than ever before. The long road to get there began with the passage of the CFO Act 23 years ago. Danny Werfel, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, spoke with Executive Editor Jason Miller about how CFOs have transformed from number crunchers into performance data maestros. Read Jason’s interview and listen to his full interview with Werfel. The interview is part of our special report, Rise of the Money People.
  • Changes to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program got some nods of approval from Congress today. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members want more details and data from the Office of Personnel Management, but they agree the 50-year-old program needs a major update. Executive Editor Jason Miller sat in on the hearing. Read his article and listen to his report.

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