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9:48 am, July 29, 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 - 05/15/2014, 05:42pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency has only two days left to hand in a self-assessment on how well it's following the Obama Administration's second-term management agenda. The White House wants your agency to take a broad approach to its strategic objectives. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is looking at how different administrations choose to measure your agency's management success. He spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations

The Defense Department is watching the mergers and acquisition market develop and it's ready to step in if it doesn't like what it sees. DoD is worried about a drop in competition. The M&A market isn't completely dead though. Kevin Kelly, chief executive officer of LGS Innovations, has some first-hand experience with M&A. He was Francis Rose's guest on Industry Chatter.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 12:16pm EDT
Secretary Penny Pritzker, Commerce Department

After nearly a year on the job, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says people and customer service are the leading priorities for her agency. She says she is paying close attention to how every one of her initiatives supports them. Secretary Pritzker sat down with Executive Editor Jason Miller for an exclusive interview about Commerce's progress in meeting her strategic vision. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 05/15/2014, 11:17am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it's jumping with both feet into the Defense Department's future Joint Information Environment. The service says it is positioned to influence the program as it takes shape. The Air Force has just gone through a major network consolidation of its own. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department and the intelligence community are each in the process of building their own enterprise IT initiatives, and in many ways, they're on their own separate paths. But officials say they're also trying to avoid reinventing the wheel wherever possible. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it's making up the most ground as part of the push to finally get the military to successfully close its financial books. But government auditors say this entire Department of Defense effort is at risk because of shortcomings in IT systems. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on where DoD stands as the first of two financial management deadlines approach. Read the related story by Jason Miller.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is introducing a tech start-up mentality to the federal government. GSA's new 18-F program aims to quickly deliver new user-friendly technologies at a low cost. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, wrote a letter to the associate administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, Dave McClure, asking for an open and competitive procurement process.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:53pm EDT
Sharon Burke, International Security Program, New America Foundation

The Defense Department is the largest consumer of oil in the United States, according to the New America Foundation. Now the Foundation is hiring one of the senior leaders in charge of making that oil consumption more efficient. Sharon Burke, senior adviser for the International Security Program at the New America Foundation and former assistant secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Government Affairs representative, Federal Managers Association

The second session of the 113th Congress is ticking away and the opportunities to produce meaningful legislation are sliding by. Federal employees also have to start saying goodbye to two of their more vocal advocates on Capitol Hill. Reps Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) are planning to retire when their current terms are up. Katie Maddocks, a government affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about what congressional changes would mean for the federal workforce in the coming months.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 05:10pm EDT
Alan Shaffer, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

The Department of Defense is asking contractors to innovate in helping the agency deal with its budget problems. The Pentagon says innovation is important for a lot of reasons. Alan Shaffer, acting assistant secretary of Defense for research and engineering, says DoD's innovation shortfall today is several decades in the making. He joins In Depth with Francis Rose in Executive Suite.

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 12:10pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The balance is off on Capitol Hill this week. The House is out of session, but the Senate is in. And both chambers are working on their strategies to get your agency's spending plan for Fiscal 2015 finished on time. David Hawkings, senior Eeitor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose your agency's next budget is taking baby steps not giant strides.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 12:00pm EDT
David Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

No new recommendations when you're on the high risk list might seem like good news. But the Government Accountability Office says that's partly because it's already made more than 2,100 recommendations since the Homeland Security Department was stood up in 2003. The GAO's latest look at DHS high risk list items shows more than a third of them still need work. David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is writing about some of the ongoing leadership problems that are keeping the department on the high risk list. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about it.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 11:50am EDT
Marshall Keith, Principal, Intelligence and National Security Alliance

The Intelligence Community may be in the same personnel spot the Defense Department is in for the same reason. The IC needs to find a way to shrink its workforce but still meet its mission. Marshall Keith, former vice president of Enterprise Operations at SI Organization, is now a principal at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance for its Task Force Research and Writing Team. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose INSA is arguing intelligence agencies could take a few pages from the Defense Department's sequestration playbook as it focuses on its future workforce needs.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 11:33am EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

A key IT problem at the Commerce Department turns out to be a communications problem. A breakdown in information exchange caused the response to a possible network breach at one of the agency's bureaus to be much worse than it had to be. Todd Zinser, inspector general at the Commerce Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose where his team started in trying to diagnose the problem.

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Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:21am EDT
Harry Hallock, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement

After more than a decade of high-tempo work aimed at getting equipment to the battlefield as quickly as possible, the Army official in charge of contracting says it's time for his workforce to slow down and think. Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for procurement, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu the Army took contracting shortcuts during wartime and not all of them were smart decisions.

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 06:04pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Patent and Trademark Office has an 18-month recovery plan to deal with last year's sequestration cuts. PTO offers a look inside the real impact of the automatic budget cuts. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller details how sequestration took a huge bite out of one of PTO's top technology priorities.

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:47pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Goverment Executive

One of the highlights of this year's Public Service Recognition Week is a town hall meeting that features cabinet secretaries. Yesterday, they offered analysis on why employee morale is low across the federal government. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, is writing about that event and what the cabinet secretaries said about specific workforce issues at their departments. He talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about the White House offering a political olive branch to the federal workforce.

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:44pm EDT
Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for The Business of Government

A new plan from federal Chief Information officer Steve Van Roekel is supposed to improve Federal IT acquisition. He introduced it at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday. Dan Chenok of the IBM Center for the Business of Government was one of the witnesses at the hearing, testifying in his role as executive vice chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, part of ACT IAC. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Chenok what he wanted to convey to the committee.

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:39pm EDT
David Powner, Director of Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve Van Roekel rolls out the Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Its goal is to improve the way federal agencies buy IT. Van Roekel introduced the agenda yesterday at a hearing about IT acquisition in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, was a witness on the same panel as Van Roekel and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what his primary message for the committee was.

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Friday - 05/09/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Net neutrality revolt, IT reform

Karen Evans, national director of US Cyber Challenge and partner at KE&T Partners, and Al Burman, president of Jefferson Consulting, counted down the top stories of the week with Francis Rose.

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