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12:41 am, May 30, 2015

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 - 05/29/2015, 04:39pm EDT
NSA builds hiring website for intelligence community

Using tools it's honed on its own employees, the National Security Agency is launching the intelligence community's answer to the federal hiring portal USAJobs.gov.

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon officials started warning Congress over two years ago that letting the automatic budget cuts take place would cost money not save it. A new report from the Government Accountability Office offers some evidence that they were right. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about this week's edition of Inside The Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The answer to the age-old question -- when's the best day to retire -- depends on a lot of factors, and most of them are personal to you. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute for Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the question might not even be the right one for most people.

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Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:09pm EDT
Dan Blair, President, NAPA

Human capital management in government is a 25-year-old problem. Dan Blair, president of the National Academy of Public Administration and former deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a private sector company with a 40-year-old personnel system would go out of business today.

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Friday - 05/29/2015, 09:18am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 29, 2015

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 Defense Department wants some contractors to provide proof of delivery, a Commerce Department employee is on leave because she's believed to be a whistleblower and just in case, Congress considers a bill to make sure federal employees don't double dip after they return from potential furloughs.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 05:29pm EDT
GAO finds highs, lows in agencies' human capital management

Yvonne Jones, the Government Accountability Office's director of strategic issues, tells a Senate panel human capital management is critical to improving government's performance.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force hopes small, non-traditional contractors can help it make upgrades to several of its key communications and IT systems. And it hopes to do it much more cheaply and quickly than through the traditional acquisition system. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the Air Force will base the new project on open architectures -- and kick off the new project within the next few days.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Peter Morrison, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research, Navy

Naval warfighters have new technology now to help it face a growing body of new threats. Peter Morrison and his team built the laser weapons system. It's faster to install and safer and cheaper to use than other missiles. The Navy says each laser costs less than a dollar a shot. Morrison, a program officer for the Navy Department's Office of Naval Research, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the laser is different than other weapons systems.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:25pm EDT
Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

Technology may not be the roadblock to the biggest cyber problems your agency has. The trouble may be in the acquisition shop. Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT Harvest and author of "Surviving Cyberwar." His new book, "There Will Be Cyber War," will be out this summer. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there is some good news in the cyber realm, but there's some bad news too.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:17pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Uncertainty in the federal IT market is making industry planning harder. Some of the uncertainty is unavoidable until Congress passes agency funding bills. But some is fixable right away, according to Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about potential fixes for some of the uncertainty.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Alex Major, Associate, Sheppard Mullin

Managing certain kinds of information will get easier for agencies. The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule that could have big implications for how contractors store and secure government information on systems contractors own. Alex Major, an associate in the government contracts, investigations and international trade practice for Sheppard Mullin, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a new era of cybersecurity regulations is coming fast.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Brian Friel, Government Contracts Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration wraps up an industry day on their latest contracting opportunity. Human Capital and Training Solutions (HCaTs) is a human resources and training contract vehicle for all agencies. Requests for proposal will likely come from OPM and GSA by June 30. Brian Friel, a government contracts analyst with Bloomberg Government, is looking at HCaTs and the addition of two other contracts to BGOV's top 20 contracting opportunities. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect.

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Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:59am EDT
Make a budget deal already!

Commentary: The solution to the sequester quandary is obvious, so Congress should just do its job so agencies can do theirs.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 11:06am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 28, 2015

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,

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

From the perspective of federal technology companies, there's a lot to like in this year's House and Senate defense authorization bills and not much to complain about. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, a leading industry group likes some of the acquisition reform provisions so much, it's urging that they be extended governmentwide.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:31pm EDT
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says she wants the General Services Administration's 18F program and U.S. Digital Service to stick around once the Obama administration leaves. And a new hiring authority from the Office of Personnel Management means tech experts will soon join other agencies, like the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. Mark Forman, vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this could be a hard sell for the next administration.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Human capital management has stayed on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk List since 2001. But there are four main areas government hasn't tackled yet to solve its biggest human capital challenges. Yvonne Jones, director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management last week. She's tells In Depth with Francis Rose about government's progress on strategic human capital management over the last year.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27pm EDT
John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

Twenty-five agencies can now make special appointments to hire new digital services experts faster. The Office of Personnel Management says jobs are at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for up to two years. It's similar to the pilot program OPM launched for the General Services Administration's 18-F program and Office of Management and Budget's Digital Services office last year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, says the authority is better late than never.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:21pm EDT
Kathy Hutson and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos, NSA

The top of the agency is where the National Security Agency's strategy is for building the next generation of intelligence and intelligence personnel. Kathy Hutson is director of human resources and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos is chief of personnel assessment research and development at the National Security Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Hutson explains how the NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers is involved in planning the agency's human capital strategy.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 27, 2015

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, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the latest cyber criminals are no amateurs, thirteen cities will see an increase in federal locality pay starting next year and President Obama urges the Senate to extend provisions of the Patriot Act before they expire in four days.

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