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3:58 pm, August 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 - 06/25/2014, 05:13pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon will release a multi-billion dollar solicitation to buy a new commercial IT system to manage its health records. And officials say they will resist DoD's usual urge to customize the system so much that it doesn't look like a commercial product any more. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:08pm EDT
Jeff Curtis, Defense Logistics Agency

Cutting the budget and cutting infrastructure is usually a recipe for frustration. The Defense Logistics Agency is using those concepts to improve its service and meet other operational goals. Jeff Curtis is executive director of the logistics support directorate at Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations. He explained the scope of what DLA's up against on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, American University

Some changes are coming at the top of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with new leader coming in for the Veterans Health Administration next Wednesday. VA's General Counsel Will Gunn plans to resign early next month. The changes appear to be the result of a trust issue at the agency. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that performance issues are in the public spotlight because of the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs, but the problem actually goes way beyond the VA.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:42pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Major changes to how federal chief information officers oversee IT investments are part of a package of proposals from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Those changes include full budget authority and approval over all IT contracts. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer up their version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) at a committee mark-up. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller has a copy of the draft bill and tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Intelligence Agency is set to formally roll out its new Open Innovation Gateway, one key pillar in the agency's push to move away from big, monolithic technology acquisitions and bring new innovations on board in short, small cycles. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu explains what it means for DIA. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Federal Acquisition Service wants to standardize parts of the Multiple Award Schedule to make price comparisons easier for federal agencies. But some of the FAS proposals could signal a drop in diversity of business opportunities for federal contractors. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He's explained on In Depth with Francis Rose how FAS's modernization ideas might affect federal contractors and their agency customers.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:12pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Your new employees start in the Thrift Savings Plan automatically now and they contribute to an account that's invested in the G Fund. But that may change soon. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is ready to look at legislation that will start off new federal employees with a different investing strategy.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Internal Revenue Service is facing another big budget cut if the total the House of Representatives approved turns out to be the total the agency gets. The House voted for a bill to bring the IRS' 2015 spending limit to below sequestration levels. That's a cut of more than $300 million. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She explained on In Depth with Francis Rose how the IRS' potential 2015 budget would affect its employees and other agencies.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
Mike Casey, Chief Learning Officer, GSA

Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration employees see the results of budget cuts and sequestration. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote in his column "Alice in Washington Wonderland" why these cuts apply to the federal workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:15pm EDT
David Olive, Principal, Catalyst Partners

Terrorists in the Middle East are using weapons, supplies, and even new technology made in the United States in their attacks on Iraqi cities and elsewhere. David Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners and a writer for the Security Debrief blog. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose, they're even using a brand new drug the Food and Drug Administration just approved for military use in April, and it's calling into question the security of the military supply chain.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:12pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Your agency's funding bill may be among the spending vehicles that appear to be stalling out in Congress. The Senate's effort to get several bills through in a package has hit a roadblock. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog. He detailed the stops-and-starts of the agency budget process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's showing negative side effects from a rough transition to a new healthcare contractor in the western United States. Those side effects are because of a 21-billion dollar contract award to a healthcare administration company new to the TRICARE system. Debra Draper is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose that cost overruns and healthcare delays are cropping up because TRICARE management didn't pay close enough attention to the company's transition process.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

When it comes to getting better results out of federal programs, the Office of Management and Budget says it's all well and good to measure past performance, but it's time to start pivoting from a focus on short term goals to implementing lasting improvements. To do that, OMB is telling agencies to put their energy into a new regime of "strategic reviews" in response to the 2010 Government Performance And Results Act Modernization Act. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, writes about the direction OMB is pushing agencies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three parts of the implementation process.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:43pm EDT
Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation

Over the past few years, there's been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there's also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It's just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

When President Barack Obama signed the Digital Transparency and Accountability Act last month, outside experts said implementing the latest open government law would be a big lift for agencies. In some new draft documents obtained by Federal News Radio, the Office of Management and Budget seems to be acknowledging as much but also signaling a commitment to get it done. It's one of the topics Executive Editor Jason Miller covers in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The Merit Systems Protection Board knew more than a year ago it was likely to be swamped with federal employees appealing their furloughs when sequestration first kicked in. But it's been a busy 19 months for the agency. It's still dealing with the 32,000 appeals it got from furloughed employees. And as Federal News Radio's Mike Causey discussed with Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose, none of them have been approved so far.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Mari Galloway, Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu

It's no secret the U.S. faces some big challenges with the size and capacity of its cybersecurity workforce. But putting a finer point on those challenges isn't as easy. An all-week event at Virginia Tech tried to answer those questions. At the 2014 U.S Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Camp, attendees got intensive training on discrete cyber skills but also an overview of the overall workforce shortage, and where their specialized skills might be able to help. Mari Galloway, director of finance for the Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu, was one of the 45 participants in this week's event. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of her main takeaways.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

After a five-year period during which the Air Force had no Senate-confirmed official at the top of its acquisition chain, the service finally has a leader in place. Dr. William LaPlante was confirmed in February as assistant secretary for acquisition. In a speech at the Atlantic Council last week, he outlined his five main priorities. Arnold Punaro introduced LaPlante at that event; he explained the potential for defense acquisition reform on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

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