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6:51 pm, September 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.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Katherine Hammack, is back from a round of visits to Army bases to see how they're dealing with climate change. She says readiness is dependent upon how they prepare for a future of limited energy resources. She explained what she saw on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:55pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Patent and Trademark Office's model telework program is in trouble after a negative report on employee abuses. PTO's challenges may demonstrate the need for the government to modernize its rules defining what it means to perform work. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why PTO's problems are the next hurdle every agency must jump through to make telework successful.v

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is off to a slow start in the move to a continuous monitoring approach to cybersecurity. They've been working at it for about a year. That's the bad news. On the plus side, the agencies that have gotten the ball rolling are already seeing good results. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:48pm EDT
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ranking Member, House Budget Committee

Congress is in recess, which means your pay and benefits won't change -- at least for the next month. But budget conversations in September (when Congress comes back) may mean you should keep your ears open again. Congressman Chris Van Hollen is ranking member of the House Budget Committee and Democratic representative of the 8th district of Maryland. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the most important issue you should watch is money (of course!).

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Employees under the age of 30 make up about 7% of the federal workforce. Federal managers are looking for ways to attract millennials to government, but also get young feds who are in government to stick around. Virginia Hill is national president of Young Government Leaders. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Generation Y craves feedback from their federal managers.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration chooses 21 companies for a spot on its Office Supplies 3 contract. 20 of them are small businesses. GSA expects to save $90 million a year with the OS3 contract. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. He shared a couple surprises with the contract awards on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Brian Miller, Navigant & Cal Scovel, IG, Transportation Department

The spotlight is on the gederal government's Inspector General community. Coverage in the news media isn't common for IGs in government, nor is a chance to learn more about how they do their jobs. Brian Miller is former IG at the General Services Administration and Calvin Scovel is the Inspector General at the Transportation Department. Cal described the overall mission and work done by his office on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department has an extra layer of healthcare coverage it doesn't need. DoD's Family Health Plan offers premium health benefits for employees that can't access a TRICARE facility. But the Government Accountability Office says most of the people enrolled in the Family Health Plan have access to a TRICARE facility. Debra Draper is Director of Health Care Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained where the FHP comes from, and why the Pentagon doesn't need it anymore.

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Monday - 08/11/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Lt. Col. Bob Saxon, Enterprise Management Decisions Support, Army

Big data success at the Army's Enterprise Management Decisions Support earns that team an honor. Lt. Col. Bobby Saxon receives the 2014 GOVTek GTRA Executive Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data. Saxon is system program manager for the EMDS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how big data will impact decision making in the military.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is losing two senior technology executives. Another senior cyber executive at the Homeland Security Department is heading to the private sector. And a leader in the federal cloud computing community is switching agencies. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is keeping score in his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. He explained the details on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Jay Healey, Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Back in 2012, then-defense secretary Leon Panetta warned of a catastrophic cyber attack that could cripple an entire nation or its military. He called it a cyber Pearl Harbor. It was emblematic of a lot of the conventional wisdom that's built up around cyber warfare over the past decade or so. In a recent op-ed, Jay Healey challenges some of that conventional wisdom. Healy is director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he argued not only is deterrence possible in cyberspace, it's been a reality for a couple decades now.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The final rule is out on phased retirement for federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management says people can start submitting their applications for phased retirement on Nov. 6. But not everyone can qualify. Tammy Flanagan is senior benefits director of the National Institute of Transition Planning. She explained the details of the final rule on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:31pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Congressional reforms for agencies on how to buy technology are increasingly unlikely. Industry experts are holding little hope that multiple bills attempting to fix long-standing problems with IT acquisition will get passed before the end of the year. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why some are pessimistic about IT reform this year.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

It's been almost five years since Congress eliminated the National Security Personnel System, and almost three years since it told the Pentagon to come up with a new performance management system for civilian personnel. Now, DoD has released some early details on what that new system will eventually look like. In a semiannual report to Congress last week, officials said they had notified DoD labor unions that the new system will evaluate employee performance in three tiers and promised that those performance reviews will be linked to organizational goals. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the system changes on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Lexy Kessler, Government Contracting Practice Partner, Aronson

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order designed to crack down on federal contractors who are violating labor laws and continuing to get federal money. Over the coming months, agencies will be drawing up regulations to implement the order, which requires companies to notify the government if they've violated any one of 14 different labor laws over the past three years. Lexy Kessler is a partner at the advisory firm Aronson LLC -- she leads their government contracting practice. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she shared the key points companies need to keep in mind about what's ahead.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Dr. Linda Jensen, Human Resources Specialist, NASA Ames Research

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Linda Jensen, a human resources specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained her underlying theory to human resources at her agency. Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Linda Jensen, a human resources specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained her underlying theory to human resources at her agency.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its voice to a growing list of associations and lawmakers with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu what DoD is looking to change.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Last week, the Government Accountability office released some of its conclusions about the problems surrounding the launch of HealthCare.gov, like cost overruns, schedule delays and an alleged lack of proper oversight over the project's prime contractor. It warned problems with the website could resurface later this year. GAO says the management weaknesses that caused the problems in the first place are still in place at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, joins In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu. He says the procurement side of the issue isn't the true villian in this ongoing I-T saga.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Newly hired federal employees don't have any sick leave during their first year on the job. Instead they accrue it over time and can start using it their second year. That creates a dilemma for wounded veterans who want to work for a federal agency, but can't miss a doctor's appointment. A newly-introduced piece of legislation aims to eliminate that dilemma. Katie Maddocks, government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why it's a staunch advocate of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

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