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6:45 am, December 18, 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.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:03pm EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency is just getting started with a new cybersecurity methodology called the continuous monitoring risk scoring system or CMRSS. Dave Bennett is DISA's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about the CMRSS approach.

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Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:54pm EST
Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

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Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:43pm EST
Kim Weaver, director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

President Obama signs a bill that changes how new Federal employees will save for retirement. Instead of having 3% of their pay go into the G Fund if they don't choose for themselves, the money will go into one of the TSP's lifecycle funds. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the TSP has been behind this idea for a long time.

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Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:36pm EST
Linda Robinson, senior analyst, RAND Corporation

The war in Afghanistan and the 9/11 terrorist attacks are the two best recent examples of asymmetric warfare, according to the RAND Corporation. So now it's looking at the last 13 years to see how U.S. military strategy evolved, and to see if it offers clues on how best to change it in the future. Linda Robinson is senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She offered extensive analysis on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 11:32am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Get rid of data centers and start using cloud computing. It seemed like a simple directive from the White House. But nothing in the federal government is that easy. Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards into cloud contracts has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is jumping in to clarify the best ways for agencies to use the Federal Risk Authorization and Management (Fed-RAMP) standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the expected changes to Fed-RAMP in 2015.

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Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 08:46am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 17, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, lawmakers are furious with the Social Security Administration for targeting family members to resolve decades-old debts, the Transportation Security Administration asked for and received an exemption from the Obama administration's ban on racial profiling and a former Homeland Security Department official is sentenced to three years in prison.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:50pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Eleven members make up the Postal Service Board of Governors. They're a little short on manpower right now though. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp reports they only have five members. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose how they got that way and why that's hurting their work.

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Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Confusion over how to incorporate cloud security standards in procurements has reached a breaking point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is writing a new policy to give agencies some guidance on how to include the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program, or FedRAMP, standards in solicitations. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new policy and other expected changes to FedRAMP in 2015.

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Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:46pm EST
Jeff Steinhoff, Executive Director, KPMG Government Institute

About half of cabinet level agencies can prove to their Inspectors General that they're reducing improper payments. The Government Accountability Office reports some agencies continue to struggle, though. Jeff Steinhoff is executive director of the KPMG Government Institute, and former Assistant Comptroller General of the United States for Accounting and Information Management at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies have made progress since 2009.

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Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:42pm EST
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Lockheed Martin faces a class-action lawsuit against 120,000 employees for how it handles their 401(k) retirement plans. The case focuses on whether the company's provider made the employees pay higher fees than they needed to and made bad investment decisions. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says there isn't a direct connection between the Lockheed Martin case and federal employees. But he told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley they should pay attention to what happens afterward.

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Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 04:08pm EST
Michael Horowitz, IG, Justice Department, Brian Miller, Navigant

New leadership is coming to the Council of Inspectors General in the federal government. The Chair of that organization serves a two-year term, and the new leader takes over Jan. 1. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration. He brought the council's new leader on In Depth with Francis Rose to officially introduce him.

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Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:30am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - December 16, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Veterans Affairs Department is getting some help from IBM's Watson, the Senate confirms Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocks a bill that aims to reduce the number of veteran suicides.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:49pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The granddaddy of cybersecurity legislation has a new heart and soul. The Federal Information Security Modernization Act is on the way to President Obama for his signature. FISMA was one of five cyber bills Congress passed over the last week. In his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of the most important changes agencies should expect from the bounty of cyber laws.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:46pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The spending bill for the rest of fiscal 2015 -- except for the Homeland Security Department -- is on President Obama's desk, waiting for his signature. Congress was supposed to be gone by now; but, the Senate is still in session, and they may not leave for a while. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the confirmation parade the Senate is on.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:22pm EST
Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency's gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:18pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's Lifecycle funds is ready for President Obama's signature. But first your agency needs to hire new people for that bill to make a difference. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted the federal hiring outlook for 2015.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:11pm EST
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies, CSBA

The Navy knows three things about its plan to build a stronger version of the Littoral Combat Ship. The first is it has the green light from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The second is who's going to build it. And the third is who's going to build it. Bryan Clark is senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and Director of his Commander's Action Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Navy's plan to buy two different versions of the small surface combatant ship from two different companies.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06pm EST
Jenny Mattingley, Director of Government Affairs, Senior Executives Association

The Office of Personnel Management wants to change your agency's performance rating system for senior executives. Its proposal is in the Federal Register, and time's running out to weigh in with your own comments and critiques. Jenny Mattingley is director of government affairs for the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what the new system might look like.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 07:47am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 15, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Postal Service says today is its busiest mailing day of the year, the Senate over the weekend agreed to a $1.1 trillion 2015 spending bill now awaiting President Obama's signature and Congress passes a bill to crack down on overtime pay at Customs and Border Protection.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:26pm EST
Federal News Countdown: 'Healing' growth for contractors, LPTA contracts

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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