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8:42 pm, October 20, 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.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans will soon be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country. Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the Veterans Health Administration, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new apps and the growing use of telehealth services across VA. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is muscling contractors out of the federal marketplace. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger said GSA will use a string of new contracts for office supplies as a form of supplier suppression.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

A former technology leader at the General Services Administration has a new job in the private sector. Dave McClure served as GSA's associate administrator for the Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies for five years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the next chapter in his professional career. Read the related article

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expects his agency to have more staffing issues next year unless it can receive some financial support from Congress. During this year's tax season, almost half the people who called the IRS couldn't reach a live person. Greg Stanford, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency's staffing problem is due to more than just a lack of money.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:03pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, IRS

John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has now seen every one of the 25 largest IRS offices outside of D.C. in person. He says he took the trips to personally see every office and meet with leadership,employees and union leaders. In an exclusive interview at IRS headquarters, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his observations of employee morale. Read the related article

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:38am EDT
Koskinen: We're from the IRS and we're here to help

Commissioner John Koskinen came into the IRS amid a scandal in its tax-exempt division. Now he's working hard to convince Congress and the public that the agency is neutral and just wants to collect the money owed the government. But he'll need a bigger budget to do that right.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 05:22pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Avoiding limited sequester, No strategy yet

Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government and chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, and David Olive of Catalyst Partners count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

One major factor behind the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog is that it generally takes a long time before the Defense Department sends its medical records to VA when a military member leaves the service. A new IT system DoD installed this year was supposed to solve that problem, but according to a new inspector general's report, things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's going on in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The Labor Department spends $2,600 a week on elevator posters for its D.C. headquarters. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says the agency spent more than $600,000 on posters since 2009. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he discussed an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on questionable spending at the Labor Department.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office, forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new problems for the Office Supplies strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

It's open season for marketing and recruiting at your agency. The start of the fall semester means the federal government has access to new talent and a chance to build its brand at universities across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth. He says a terrific resource for your agency this semester is the Federal Student Ambassadors Program.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Pete Randazzo, Local 1690 Union President, NFFE

One of the longest-running conflicts the Pentagon deals with is the fight over employee performance management. The National Security Personnel System only lasted a couple of years before Congress voted it out of existence. Now the Defense Department is taking another shot at employee performance management. Pete Randazzo is Local 1690 Union President for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Randazzo was co-lead for a Performance Management Design Team that offered recommendations to the Pentagon. He explained his team's work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Thomas Boyatt, Former US Ambassador to Colombia

The State Department has five career tracks for its foreign service officers. The agency has online resources to make it easy for potential new employees to jump into one of those careers, but the biggest hurdle to finding new officers could be one the State Department can't control. Thomas Boyatt is former U.S. ambassador to Colombia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the difficulty of recruiting new officers.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Tim Hoechst, Chief Technology Officer, Agilex

Two tech giants collaborating is usually a big deal. But it's an especially big deal when one of those giants is Apple and the other one is IBM. The goal of their partnership appears to be to get more IBM and Apple hardware into the hands of enterprise end users. Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer at Agilex, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's a big evangelist for Apple in the enterprise.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration will stop accepting new vendors on its services schedule in the coming months. The decision to temporarily close down seven schedule contracts for services to new companies is part of how GSA is giving its entire program a facelift. Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the steps needed to create a consolidated services schedule. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office lists the Defense Department's supply chain management practices on its high risk list, as it has every year since 1990. GAO says DoD can't say for sure what it already owns, so it can't prove it's buying the right amount of goods. DoD has plans in place to fix that problem, but the Army thinks it has a way to speed things up. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:29pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Six different investigations into the Exempt Organizations group at the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner John Koskinen says the end of those investigations will let him concentrate on rebuilding the perception of the agency in the eyes of Congress and citizens. That, in turn, will help boost the morale of the work force at the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Koskinen said some of the investigations will wrap up soon.

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