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7:05 am, August 28, 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 - 06/19/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Gavin Baker, Center for Effective Government

The year 2012 saw more Freedom of Information Act requests than any time in the law's history. The Administrative Conference of the United States says about 650,000 requests came in and it cost the federal government at least $23 million in litigation costs, and it considers that cost a conservative estimate. Gavin Baker is an open government analyst at the Center for Effective Government. He wrote about the recommendations in the center's blog, The Fine Print, and shared them on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Sharon Burke, New America Foundation

The Pentagon says it's making a $9 billion investment over the next five years to minimize how much diesel and jet fuel it needs for combat operations. But DoD's consumption is still expected to rise over the next half decade because of new energy hungry technologies like the F-35 and Littoral Combat Ship. Sharon Burke, senior fellow for the International Security Program at New America Foundation, is also former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs. In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, she argues DoD's energy appetite isn't just a budget concern. She said on In Depth with Jared Serbu it's increasingly going to challenge the military's ability to perform its missions.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:29pm EDT
John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

As of now, there are an estimated 7,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government. Again, it's an estimate, because there is no centralized list of political jobs, so no one knows the actual number. Nor is there a list of how many of those jobs are vacant on any given day. John Hudak argues that missing data created an embarrassing management and oversight problem for Congress and OMB. He has some ideas for how to close that information gap. Hudak is a fellow for Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He explained on In Depth with Jared Serbu how the government machine can still run with a large number of vacancies.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is testing what cybersecurity in the cloud would look like for certain mission critical systems. DoD's pilots come as the agencies leading the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, are just beginning to explore what the future state of cloud security would look like. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Kevin Dulany, DoD's chief of the risk management oversight division in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Maria Roat, FedRAMP director. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:37pm EDT
Lee Dougherty, Principal, Offit Kurman

D.C.'s Objective Rally Point will have its monthly business networking breakfast next Tuesday. The goal is to connect veteran businessmen and women with their colleagues and other people interested in joining their teams. Lee Dougherty is a principal at Offit Kurman and a former legal advisor to the Army. He shared his views on the state of veteran employment with Jared Serbu on In Depth.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:32pm EDT
Jason Fleming, Development Credit Authority, USAID

A small team at the U.S. Agency for International Development is helping developing nations find financial aid. Jason Fleming is the Latin America-Caribbean and Europe-Eurasia Team Leader of the Development Credit Authority. So far, he and his team have generated more than $1 billion in financial assistance for 42 developing countries. For that work, they're finalists in the Call To Service category in this year's Service to America medals. He explained how the agency's loan guarantee program works on In Depth with Jared Serbu. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists or read a Q&A with Jason Fleming

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 03:29pm EDT
Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, Military Officer's Association of America

Last week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation designed to help solve long wait times at VA medical facilities. The longer-term fixes included more funding to hire health care providers and lease more VA operated facilities. For the shorter term, the McCain-Sanders bill also expands VA's authority to send its patients to outside providers -- including private clinics, but also facilities run by other agencies, including the Indian Health Service and the Defense Department. Retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is the president of the Military Officer's Association of America. He spoke with Jared Serbu on In Depth about the plusses -- and as MOAA sees it -- some of the minuses of the bill.

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Wednesday - 06/18/2014, 02:50pm EDT
USAID teams innovate to find $1B in aid for developing countries

The U.S. Agency for International Development is helping build hospitals and medical centers around the world by channeling smart investments through commercial banks in developing countries.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 06:01pm EDT
Laura Furgione, Deputy Director, National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is recruiting federal agencies to be ambassadors as part of its Weather-Ready Nation initiative. NWS says ambassadors are helping citizens and businesses prepare for weather emergencies. Laura Furgione, deputy director for the National Weather Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new ambassadors program and how agencies can get involved. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal contract spending by the Department of Homeland Security is at its lowest level ever. It's the result of a continued decline during the first year of sequestration. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains what the numbers mean. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:15pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Selling to the Pentagon may get more difficult this summer. Director of Defense Acquisition Policy Dick Ginman wants contracting officers to consider the fees the Pentagon pays when they buy through another agency's contract. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter, writes about how to keep yourself in the running for DoD business. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose how Ginman's new memo will affect business.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:13pm EDT
Bob Woods, President, Topside Consulting

The General Services Administration is pushing agencies to offer more eco-friendly contracts. Industry is already on board with the idea, but some agencies aren't taking the bait. Bob Woods is president of Topside Consulting and former commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at the General Services Administration. He's tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's stopping agencies from going green.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:11pm EDT
Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Employees under 30 make up the smallest percentage of the federal workforce in the last 40 years. The Wall Street Journal reports only 7 percent of federal employees are under 30 right now. Part of the solution may lie in how you hire people for your agency. Virginia Hill, national president of Young Government Leaders, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some ideas for starting your interaction with a potential employee at the very beginning.

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Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 03:04pm EDT
Seth Harris, Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation Practice

Over the next two years, federal agencies will try to meet almost 100 different performance goals as part of President Obama's second term management agenda. Seth Harris is a member of Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice and former deputy Labor secretary. He implemented Labor's management strategy. He explained on In Depth with Francis Rose what you should do in the time that's left in the administration.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Negotiations continue on Capitol Hill between the House and Senate on legislation that could let the Secretary of Veterans Affairs fire senior executives at the agency. That legislation would make big changes to the rights of employees at the VA. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey said on In Depth with Francis Rose that Congress may be ignoring the biggest issue about the VA problem.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The second batch of cross agency performance goals is up on Performance.gov. As agencies plan how to meet them, the Government Accountability Office says silos that prevent meeting those goals are still in place. Chris Mihm is managing director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that understanding the GPRA Modernization Act's point is important to understanding how to hit the cross agency goals.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 03:56pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Both chambers of Congress are back at work. One of the focal points of concentration this week will be agency appropriations bills. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. He told Francis Rose on In Depth the pressure to make progress on spending bills is coming from the calendar.

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Monday - 06/16/2014, 03:50pm EDT
Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Mac Thornberry is in the middle of a bipartisan effort to reform defense acquisition policies. The goal is to save money and inspire new technology development in the defense industrial base. But plenty of ideas to reform DoD acquisition have floated around Washington for years. Steve Grundman is former Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Industrial Affairs and Installations and George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council. He shared a list of principles to finally turn those ideas into action on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 05:51pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Unified veterans' bill, civil-service reform

John Salamone of FMP Consulting and Ron Sanders of Booz Allen Hamilton counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:54pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Striking a balance between rewarding high performers and maintaining competition has been tricky for the Department of Defense. But they think they finally have the balance right. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu shared the latest developments from this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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