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12:04 am, July 23, 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 - 05/28/2014, 05:01pm EDT
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Congress is hollowing out the Defense Department and turning the nation's military into a paper tiger of global proportions. That's according to Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and a former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions today. He and his colleague Todd Harrison write about the Defense Department's fiscal 2015 budget process on Capitol Hill and how it forces the Pentagon to ignore its own budgetary wisdom.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:21am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says its claims backlog is far below its peak of three years ago. VA credits its progress to several changes under the Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive and described how VA is reducing the claims backlog. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:20am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DARPA launches its latest challenge program next week. It's called the Cyber Grand Challenge, and its goal is to completely transform the way computer network defense works. Over the course of two years, teams will try to build automated systems that can find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities so quickly that even the best human hackers in the world can't defeat them. Michael Walker is a former hacker who's now the program manager for DARPA's latest challenge. He talked about it with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu during a demonstration day at the Pentagon last week.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 06:47pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The strategy for the Network Services 2020 telecommunications contract focuses on expanding the number of vendors offering services. During the creation of the current contract, called Networx, the General Services Administration limited competition to five large carriers. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller talk to In Depth with Francis Rose about how GSA is trying to learn from its mistakes of the past as it develops the new NS2020 strategy.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 06:37pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Any day now, the General Services Administration should expect protests to start rolling in from vendors that didn't win a spot on the multiple-award OASIS contract. The contract's total value could be worth more than $10 billion. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, hosted a Multiple-Award Contract Committee meeting where they talked about the OASIS award process and why some vendors are unhappy with it.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 06:30pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The results are in from a customer service survey of Thrift Savings Plan account holders. And the verdict is one that most organizations would kill to have. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why they did the survey in the first place.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 06:22pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The door to come back to government and get paid for it is still open for federal retirees or current employees getting close. The House passes an amendment to the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act so federal agencies can keep re-hiring federal retirees without cutting into their pensions. Jessica Klement, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain the details of the provision and what it means for current and future federal retirees.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 06:12pm EDT
Aneesh Chopra, Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

The Department of Defense says it will make a decision soon on an electronic health record system. The Department of Veterans Affairs wants that system to be its VISTA system, but the VA is suffering through its own IT and health care provision problems. Aneesh Chopra. co-founder and executive vice president, Hunch Analytics and author of "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government," was the first Federal Chief Technology Officer. He joined Francis Rose in studio for the Executive Suite.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 01:22pm EDT
House bill would let federal law-enforcement officers access retirement funds early

A bipartisan House bill would reform federal tax law so that federal law-enforcement officers and firefighters can access funds from their 401(k)-style Thrift Savings Plans when they're eligible to retire without facing a penalty. Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, called the current situation "one of those glaring inequities that needed to be addressed and fixed."

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 09:31am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The president of the government contractor who runs FedBizOpps.gov pleaded guilty to criminal charges last Wednesday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller wrote about this case in his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what happened and whether this will impact the company's federal contracts.

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Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:34am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department has spent years on a blueprint for what it says will eventually become a single, standards-based IT environment. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says the department expects to have all the technical standards on paper by the end of the year. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 05:50pm EDT
Alan Lindenmoyer, Johnson Space Center, NASA

NASA's reliance on private companies to get astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station is in question now because of the problems with the U.S. relationship with Russia. But the future of the private space industry in the U.S. looks bright, thanks to NASA's plan to spur competition in that industry. Alan Lindenmoyer is program manager of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center and a finalist for a Service to America Medal in the Management Excellence category. He describes to In Depth with Francis Rose the series of events that led NASA to encourage private space development. Read a Q&A with Lindenmoyer.

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, of Government Executive Magazine

The scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs is another chink in the armor of public opinion about the federal government. And the public anger about the scandal may mean your agency gets even less room to make mistakes than it has now. Tom Shoop, editor in chief of Government Executive Magazine, joins In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Jon Adler, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

Unlocking retirement funds could get easier for federal law enforcement officers. Current law means officers can't access their TSP until they are eligible to retire. Officers sometimes can't tap into retirement funds for up to 10 years or they'll face a tax penalty. Reps. Dave Reicher (R-Wash.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) introduced a bill to change that. Jon Adler, national president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, gives his view to In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: IT reform storm, VA hospital's secret list

Roger Baker, chief strategy officer at Agilex, and Jim Williams, principal at Schambach & Williams Consulting, countdown the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 10:09am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In two separate votes yesterday, the House shot down nearly every one of the Defense Department's proposals to cut its costs, and the Senate allowed just a few. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu gives the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp and update on the process for building the 2015 defense authorization bill.

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Friday - 05/23/2014, 08:30am EDT
Are tight budgets straining trust between agencies, industry?

Are federal budget and staffing shortfalls particularly among the federal government's acquisition workforce fueling a climate of mistrust between the government and its contractors? Experts told Federal News Radio as part of the special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees explore the importance of communication in building trust.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 06:18pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Government hiring is down 37 percent in the past four years. The Pathways Programs were supposed to be part of the solution. But 20 percent of chief human capital officers say they use Pathways often to hire new employees. That's according to a new survey of 62 CHCOs and agency HR leaders from the Partnership for Public Service and Grant Thornton. It describes five big challenges CHCOs see in government. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, discusses the survey with In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 06:12pm EDT
Steve Kelman, Professor of Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Accusations of misconduct at the VA have some people questioning government performance measures. Some critics say government shouldn't waste its time with performance measures at all. Steve Kelman, a professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, writes about a different take on the Lectern blog this week. He shares his thoughts with In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 05/22/2014, 05:46pm EDT
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

A 1 percent pay raise for 2015 will go a little way toward rebuilding trust between federal employees and Congress and federal employees and their leaders. But only a little way. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, wrote a column as part of our special report: Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees. He says he learned at a recent hearing the trust problems in the workforce are complicated.

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