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8:06 pm, May 25, 2015

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 - 03/26/2015, 05:43pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is in the middle of a long push to overhaul its personnel practices. Navy officials think those practices are too rigid, and that they're based on concepts of talent management that are really outdated. Officials want new data analytics capabilities to help determine what's good and bad about the current system, and they're asking industry for help. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:41pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:37pm EDT
Ron Prater, Partner and Co-Founder, Corner Alliance

Leaders at the National Institute of Health have a new BRAIN to leverage. The Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network is based in the cloud, and it's ready for other agencies to leverage. Ron Prater is partner and co-founder of the Corner Alliance, one of the co-developers of the program. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how BRAIN works.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:35pm EDT
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, wants to alter the chain of command in the defense acquisition reform process. But his reform bill also zeroes in on the Pentagon's IT acquisition process. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president for public sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those details of the bipartisan bill will help the Defense Department keep its technological edge.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 07:20am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 26, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Veterans Affairs Department is moving forward with its disability claims process to a standardized form and NASA is sending a rocket to an asteroid.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Even if Congress finally finds a way around sequestration, the drawdown plan the Army has already laid out would take it down to a size of 450,000 soliders within the next five years. Officials said they won't be able to shed 40,000 personnel just through attrition. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is expected to involuntarily separate at least 14,000 more soldiers, and thousands more if the budget caps stay in effect.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:52pm EDT
Steve Koprince, Partner, Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird

Prime contractors that don't meet small business subcontracting goals can lose deals because of that failure. The Government Accountability Office denied a protest from a prime that wasn't even able to get into the final competition. Steve Koprince is a partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the facts of the case and what the GAO found when they looked at it.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:49pm EDT
Justin Herman, SocialGov Lead, GSA

The General Services Administration launched the first-ever Public Participation Playbook. GSA said it will help federal agencies meet their open goverment priority goals. Justin Herman is SocialGov lead and manager of the Public Participation Playbook project at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how it works.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:44pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A five-year plan with specific targets for more cuts to your agency's office space is at the center of a new memo from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB released a strategy detailing how agencies shouldn't just freeze their footprints. Making them smaller and more efficient is the new priority. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about OMB's new Reduce the Footprint policy.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The House and Senate Budget Committees are working through plans today that would add funds to the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. But the White House has already said President Barack Obama won't sign a budget with a huge increase in OCO funding. Long-term financial planning for the military is one aspect of a long-term strategy detailed in a new work called "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security." Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the author and senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jerry explained where the term "avoiding trivia" comes from and how it applies to military strategy.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 07:53am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 25, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Defense Secretary Ash Carter hears pushback from senior military leaders on lifting the ban on transgender people serving in the military and a Senate panel urges the President to fill vacant inspector general posts.

Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

December 2013 was a major milestone on DoD's path to audit-ready financial statements. The Marine Corps became the first military service in history to get a clean opinion on a major part of its general fund. But new information has come to light since then, and on Monday, the DoD inspector general rescinded its favorable audit opinion - saying it's no longer reliable. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and is focused intently on DoD audit readiness over the last several years. He spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the latest developments and what they mean for DoD's broader audit goals.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

Reverse auctions can save your agency money, but only if it uses them the right way. That's according to Dan Gordon, a procurement professor at George Washington University and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who testified about reverse auctions to the House Small Business committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he told the committee agencies should ask themselves a few questions before they decide to use reverse auctions.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Dave Wennergren, Senior Vice President for Technology, PSC

25 percent of the federal contracting workforce has less than five years of experience. And there are ten times more contracting employees over 50 years old than under 30. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president for technology at the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those splits between age and experience mean your agency's not using innovative solutions you already have.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A hidden proposal in the new budget resolution the House of Representatives is about to pass would change the way the G-Fund in the Thrift Savings Plan bears interest. The idea is to save the government money by paying less into the fund. But that means participants would receive less money out of the fund. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, about the details behind the proposal and why it could be a big headache.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Sonny Hashmi, Outgoing CIO, GSA

The latest federal chief information officer to transition to the federal business space is Sonny Hashmi. He is the outgoing chief information officer of the General Services Administration, and he'll be the new managing director of Box. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the past, present and future of federal government IT.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 07:15am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 24, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, Sen. Jon Tester introduces a bill to improve the mental health care of the National Guard and Reserve, and the National Archives and Records Administration has a new inspector general.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:02pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the defense reform legislation he'll introduce this week will include a focus on DoD's acquisition workforce and strengthening the place of program managers in the chain of command. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) says Congress shouldn't try to fix the DoD procurement system all in one year, but it's time to get started. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:46pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A fake building is in the spotlight as a possible measure of how the Administration's budget request is going. The reception to the request could indicate how much Republicans want to cooperate with the White House. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and author of the Hawkings Here blog, writes a column Monday titled, "Why the GOP Will Likely Attack the Potemkin White House." On In Depth with Francis Rose, David revealed the fake building and why you should pay attention to it.

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