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7:58 pm, July 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.

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The success or failure of the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program or CDM, comes down to a simple premise: Will the right people in each agency use the data to solve their most pressing cyber threats immediately or will the information languish with the wrong people? The Homeland Security Department is betting on the former by taking specific steps to ensure the right people have the right data to protect federal networks. John Steurfert is the director of federal network resilience at DHS. He tells Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller how DHS is making sure CDM pays off in the biggest way possible.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

HR 4031 waits for a vote in the Senate after the House passed it last week. It would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs the power to fire senior executive service members for performance issues. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says the simple language of the bill could turn into a huge headache for the entire department.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:23pm EDT
Tim DiNapoli, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's fighting an uphill battle to streamline its service contract inventory by fiscal 2016. One of their problems is DoD is trying to standardize how every branch collects data on the contractors they hire to help meet their missions. Tim DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, reports on DoD's progress and a number of hurdles standing in the way of meeting its fiscal 2016 goal to In Depth with Francis Rose

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a lot of problems right now. But an issue that's not getting much coverage is its management and data collection and analysis. Federal News Radio's Tom Temin says the disarray at the VA is causing other problems.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:06pm EDT
Industry Chatter: Christian Heiter of Hitachi Data Systems Federal

Big data programs are helping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services protect hundreds of millions of dollars from fraud, according to the White House. The Obama Administration says it's trying to introduce more big data programs to help other agencies save money, but privacy concerns and other roadblocks might slow progress down. Christian Heiter, chief technology officer of Hitachi Data Systems Federal, was Francis Rose's guest on Industry Chatter. He talked about how big data initiatives will help agencies save money and the challenges agencies may have implementing them.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 05:09pm EDT
With budget deadline still months away, should agencies start prepping for CR?

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is still about four months away. But with a lengthy summer recess spanning nearly the entire month of August, that leaves fewer than 40 working days for the appropriation committees on Capitol Hill to finalize agency spending levels. That has some budget watchers already raising the possibility of a stopgap continuing resolution to fund government operations.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:40am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Cyber Command says it cannot do the whole job all by itself. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are in talks to give DISA more of the day-to-day responsibilities for defending Defense networks from cyber threats. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Richard Stiennon, Security Analyst, IT Harvest

You are the key to stopping an insider threat and preventing a cyber incident at your agency even if you don't work in the IT department. Richard Stiennon is the host of the Security Current blog, the founder of IT Harvest and the author of Surviving Cyberwar. He says there are two categories of insider threats and identifying the most dangerous kind depends on you.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:55pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

New developments at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA Inspector General interim report confirms allegations of secret waiting lists and other problems. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) both call for Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation for the first time today. But the VA has some success stories to tell. The agency says its claims backlog is at its lowest point in the last three years. VA credits its progress to several changes under its Veterans Benefits Management System or VBMS. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joins us with details on how VA is reducing the claims backlog.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

The Sept. 30 deadline for Congress to deliver a complete fiscal 2015 budget plan is about four months away. Appropriations committees on Capitol Hill still have a backlog of agency budget plans to finalize. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He's already thinking about the possibility of another continuing resolution and what it means for your agency's fiscal 2015 planning process.

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Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jonathan Baker, Air Force Space and Missile Center Launch Systems Directorate

One thousand things have to go right to launch a rocket into space successfully, according to the Air Force. Jonathan Baker, deputy chief engineer of the Delta IV Launch System at the Air Force Space and Missile Center Launch Systems Directorate in El Segundo, California, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Call to Service category. Jonathan helped save the Air Force billions of dollars and a lot of stress on its satellite launches. View a gallery of Sammies finalists. Also, Read a Q&A with Baker.

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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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