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2:13 am, September 2, 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.

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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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

A deal to give more money to the Department of Veterans Affairs could be done by the end of this month. Federal News Radio's Tom Temin from the Federal Drive says historically legislation is rarely a "fix" for an agency's problems. Tom asked on In Depth with Francis Rose: Does VA have a capacity problem, or some other issue?

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute for Transition Planning

Federal retirement filings are lower than the Office of Personnel Management expected. May's total was several hundred fewer than OPM expected to file for retirement. For federal employees thinking about retirement, you're not just dealing with a numbers issue. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute for Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why you should think about more than just dollar signs.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jay Healey, Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Congress is closer to cybersecurity legislation that tries to protect infrastructure from attacks. But Congress, and all the other organizations that make policy that affects the Internet, may be asking the wrong questions. Jay Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, writes about the future of cybersecurity in National Interest Magazine. He explains on In Depth with Francis Rose what questions Congress should be asking.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:45am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal Communications Commission is challenging telecoms to work more closely with it to improve the nation's cybersecurity. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he is not planning more regulations, rather he is asking the companies to share responsibility. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the FCC's plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Navy retakes control over its own IT networks, it is eager to introduce features that improve the experience for end users. At the same time, the Navy is warning vendors that it's not going to buy just bells and whistles. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 07:18am EDT
SSA prepares to open doors of new $200 million data center

Bill Zielinski, the Social Security Administration's chief information officer, said storage in the cloud and the greater use of virtualization are among the prerequisites for the agency before it moves into its new data center this summer.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shaun Donovan has big shoes to fill if he's confirmed as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Senators from both sides of the aisle praised former OMB head and now HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell. She gets credit for reinvigorating the management side of the house and working more closely with Congress. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joins In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how Donovan would improve on Burwell's short-term accomplishments. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:51pm EDT
Mathy Stanislaus, Environmental Protection Agency

The results are in for the latest Federal Green Challenge. The Environmental Protection Agency names the winners for Overall Achievement and for Improvement in the areas of Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water, and Transportation. Mathy Stanislaus is assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the EPA. He explains on In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency thinks the Challenge is important and valuable.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:48pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

The overall size of the federal workforce is shrinking. Different sources show different numbers, but they're all headed down. The raw number of civilian employees actually grew between 2004 and 2012, but 94 percent of that growth was at three agencies. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose agency managers are starting to drop the "do more with less" mentality. Read a related story.

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