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9:21 am, July 29, 2014

In Depth

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.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The National Security Agency's top lawyer says the Edward Snowden disclosures not only hurt U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities - they may have also damaged the chance of Congress successfully passing cybersecurity legislation anytime in the near future.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's idea to make acquisition easier for your agency is starting to come into focus. GSA kicked off five governmentwide pilots and 17 agency specific functional areas under its category management initiative. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller takes us Inside the Reporter's Notebook for details on what GSA is doing. Read Jason's related story.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: VA reform bill wanted, faulty SSA project

Rob Burton, partner at Venable law firm, and Anil Karmel, founder and CEO of C2 labs, counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators want an attitude adjustment from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members want reassurance from Anne Rung, President Obama's nominee to take over OFPP, that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller has the details on Rung's non-controversial nomination hearing. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency runs ten huge data processing centers around the world. That's down from 18 in 2008. The consolidation coincides with DISA taking on more and more responsibility for Defense IT. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more on the agency's efforts to consolidate data centers, and what's still ahead. Read Jared's related story.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:15pm EDT
Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:10pm EDT
Joe Klimavicz, chief information officer, Justice Department

The new Chief Information Officer at the Justice Department is reviewing his to-do list two months into the job. Joe Klimavicz took over as the Justice CIO in May after leaving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Joe writes about his first weeks on the job on the CIO Council's blog. He says he had to dig in quickly and learn the ropes at DoJ.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:07pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management will release results of the 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey in the next month or so. The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations is offering agencies a head start in making better use of the data. Kelley Carameli is the co-chairwoman of the council's Measures and Incentives working group. She's also a health science specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. She tells Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller about the new approach to measuring employee engagement. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:04pm EDT
James Green, project officer, CDC and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

An ambulance crash in Texas that killed everyone inside but the driver is the latest incident to expose safety problems in the vehicles of first responder. New emergency crash standards can hopefully reduce that risk. James Green is project officer of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Citizen Services category. He created ten new safety standards for ambulances and tells Francis Rose on In Depth what inspired their creation.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 05:47pm EDT
Rob Zitz, senior VP and chief systems architect, Leidos

The cyber attacks on the Government Printing Office and Government Accountability Office are the latest in a trend of heavier attacks on small agencies. Darren Van Booven, the chief information security officer and assistant chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives, tells Federal News Radio attackers are more sophisticated and they're starting to target small agencies. Rob Zitz is senior vice president and chief systems architect at Leidos, formerly part of SAIC. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He says better cybersecurity starts with three letters: CDM.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Testing and evaluating federal programs earlier in the process is gaining support as the answer to systemic problems. The Defense Department and Homeland Security Department are pushing project managers to test technology or weapons systems sooner in the acquisition lifecycle. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the emerging trend. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The commander of the Air Force's space command says it's time for the U.S. to get moving on a new, multi-year program to build a rocket engine for space launches. He says it would reduce the nation's dependence on Russia and keep alive a vital part of the defense industrial base. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Time is ticking on the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. The typical summer rush is about to start: You have a chance over the next several months to nail down some new business and lay the groundwork for next year. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said lots of buying decisions will come soon.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 04:04pm EDT
Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

The Office of Management and Budget requires federal agencies include more data in its 2016 budget requests for this fall. OMB wants benchmarks and timelines of financial investments so it can organize its cross-agency priority goals. Beth McGrath is director of Deloitte's Federal Practice. She's also former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department. In a Federal News Radio op-ed and on In Depth with Francis Rose, McGrath said agencies should be making even more business decisions based on data.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:58pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Government Accountability Office is in the middle of an ongoing, multi-year study on the pay system, and taking its findings to Capitol Hill. A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looked at the General Schedule last week. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She shared her own ideas of how to reform the General Schedule on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:55pm EDT
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Your agency could save itself time and work on the hiring process if a new bill from Senator Jon Tester becomes law. The Competitive Service Act would let other agencies share information about applicants they didn't hire that might fit your agency's openings. In our Congressional Spotlight on In Depth with Francis Rose, Senator Tester explained how he thinks the bill will make your agency's hiring process faster and better.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Department of Homeland Security answers to ninety-two Congressional committees and another twenty-seven outside organizations. The Annenberg Public Policy Center says that's a total of one hundred nineteen different oversight groups. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the complicated web of leadership might be a big reason why Congress has never passed an authorization bill for agency.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 03:51pm EDT
Charlie Crum, Director, Office of Inspector General, USPS

3D printing can help the Postal Service save a lot money, gas, and time, according to its Inspector General. 3D printers can make things like screws and containers using plastics and powders. Charlie Crum is a director at the Postal Service OIG. His office has a plan to help the agency jump into the 3D printing business, and he shared that plan on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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