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6:44 am, August 30, 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.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Philip Joyce, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Congress needs to pass twelve annual spending bills -- which set agency funding levels -- before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. The House passed five of those bills so far. The Senate hasn't passed any. The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last year. That's because lawmakers have already agreed on a bipartisan budget deal that sets topline spending figures for the next two years. Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. In an interview with Web Writer Jack Moore, he said agencies should still plan for a continuing resolution.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:15pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House is beating the Senate five to nothing in the race to pass next year's appropriations bills. The topline spending amounts for federal agencies are already set, but even so Congress isn't exactly sprinting to finalize the budgets. But the clock is still ticking and September 30th is only about three months away. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He explained where Congress stands in the appropriations process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, Council on Cybersecurity

The Senate would like to grant new powers to federal chief information officers and update federal IT laws that haven't gotten much attention for the past dozen years. Those are a couple of the effects of new legislation the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved recently. One of the bills is the Senate version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- the other is an update to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, which Senators have been trying to modify for the past several years, without much success. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the proposals are a big step in the right direction.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:11am EDT
NSF's Borg leads effort to unlock scientific mysteries of Antarctica

As head of the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, Scott Gerald Borg oversees the funding and helps plot the direction of scientific research in Antarctica.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Another round of budget cuts seems right around the corner, and the military is shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region. Army officials worry they haven't been able to effectively make their case for an Army with about 500,000 soldiers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on the questions the service is asking about its future. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A new set of hiring tools is coming from the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget. Those tools will help agencies attract and keep talent faster and more efficiently. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose some of the tools themselves aren't really new.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:58pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

President Barack Obama says agency performance is one of his top two priorities. The Office of Management and Budget is already preparing an award system for customer service. The Office of Personnel Management is building a new interactive dashboard to streamline hiring systems. But the President says agencies can still do more. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a recent cabinet meeting where the President reinforced his performance goals for the executive branch.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Marvin Bond, Editor, Recreation News

In Depth with Francis Rose starts its summer recess on July 4th. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter, Jared Serbu, will be filling in for Francis while he's on vacation. Federal employees can also enjoy some vacation time thanks to Independence Day. Marvin Bond is the editor of Recreation News. He's a subject matter expert regarding fun things and deals for federal employees around the area. He shared some fireworks ideas that would be good alternatives to visiting the National Mall.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:51pm EDT
Dan Katz, Vice President of Technology Solutions, INADEV

The one year anniversary of Project Open Data approaches, but some agencies are still getting used to the idea of sharing their data with colleagues across government and with the public. Dan Katz is vice president of technology solutions at INADEV and a former Web initiatives leader at DHS. He said the government isn't doing too badly with Project Open Data overall on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Health and Human Services is taking on the simple premise of "there's got to be a better way" when it comes to technology projects. It's not just the sour taste Healthcare.gov left in their collective mouths, but the long-history of failed IT programs. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details on a new approach to IT projects by HHS.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Scott Borg, Head of Antarctic Sciences Section, National Science Foundation

Helping coordinate the discovery of a new species of dinosaur is no ordinary accomplishment. But try discovering two new species and collecting a 15-million-year-old water sample trapped half a mile below the surface of Antarctica. Scott Borg, head of the Antarctic Sciences Section in the Division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation, is a Service to America medal finalist in the Career Achievement category. Borg and his team support university researchers and scientists to help make their scientific visions a reality. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what draws him to this kind of work. View a photo gallery of other SAMMIES finalists. Read a Q&A with Borg.

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Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:08pm EDT
Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

A new approach to defense acquisition reform may come from a television show. Nick Guertin, director of transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, and his colleague Howard Reichel, presented a paper called "Open Systems Architecture License Rights: A New Era for the Public-Private Marketplace" at the 11th annual Acquisition Research Symposium. Their views are their own. Nick tells Francis Rose on In Depth about the unique challenge intellectual property poses for defense contracting.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts under the $6 billion continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Jim Piche, a group manager at GSA's FEDSIM office, oversees the management and administration of the CDM contract. He tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller what's on tap for the CDM program. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal officials say they're making changes to a program that was designed to let agencies use commercial hardware and software in national security systems. Until now, it hasn't moved nearly as quickly as commercial technology. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:30pm EDT
Jim Porter and Capt. Deanna Gephart, ICE

A new electronic health records system is up and running at an agency you might not think of as a healthcare provider. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's system satisfies end users and hit deadline and funding targets. Capt. Deanna Gephart is Assistant director of Health Records at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Jim Porter is electronic health records program manager for Enforcement and Removal Operations and Acting Branch Director at ICE. Gephart explained on In Depth with Francis Rose what ICE had before they began the trek to the system they have now.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant

Every major agency has an inspector general. Some are enthusiastic about sharing their office's work with the general public. Others prefer to let their reports speak for themselves. Brian Miller used to be an inspector general -- he's the former IG of the General Services Administration and now managing director at Navigant. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for the beginning of an ongoing look into the world of inspectors general. He said there's an apprehension in some offices towards publicizing the work they do.

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Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:33pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is on its Independence Day holiday, and yet it still has a lot of work left on the table for when it comes back. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there still hasn't been a lot of movement on appropriations bills.

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Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Asif Khan, Government Accountability Office

The latest check on the Defense Department's push to full audit readiness uncovers a domino effect of problems. The Government Accountability Office says DoD didn't follow a plan to improve how it tracks contract payments. Asif Khan is Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the GAO. Khan told In Depth with Francis Rose that because the Pentagon missed some steps of the plan, it's dealing with even more problems that could keep the agency from meeting an important deadline.

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Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Beth McGrath & Dave Wennergren

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees are trying to pay close attention to defense acquisition reform. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president of technology policy at the Professional Services Council and the Pentagon's former chief information officer. Beth McGrath is director of Deloitte Federal Practice and the Defense Department's former deputy chief management officer. They joined on In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss acquisition reform.

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