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4:11 am, August 23, 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 - 06/03/2014, 06:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are unhappy with the limitations under the new Pathways internship program. The program is two years into its existence and agency use of Pathways is underwhelming. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on why some are saying Pathways needs to be fixed.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:16pm EDT
Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates, LLC

The Homeland Security Department needs more budget clarity to fix a broken acquisition portfolio. Elaine Duke is former undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. She's now principal of Elaine Duke and Associates. She's looking at how DHS can try to stabilize its funding levels. The Government Accountability Office says more than half the major acquisition projects at DHS are experiencing schedule delays and cost overruns because of sequestration, the shutdown and continuing resolutions during the past two years.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 05:49pm EDT
Executive Suite: Kay Clarey, Department of Justice

Kay Clarey, a former program manager with the Department of Justice, was Francis Rose's guest on Executive Suite.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Larry Allen, Vice President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The end-of-year rush for business will be here soon, and you may be missing out on a chance to grab more of that business for your company. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, gives In Depth with Francis Rose a crazy tip he's promoting in the Week Ahead newsletter this week.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

Women in the Federal government have a tool to help them move up the leadership chain and contribute more to their agency's mission too. The Federal Women's Program has been around for over four decades, but its impact is receding for several reasons. Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative for Federally Employed Women, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the program is so important.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 06:23pm EDT
Asif Khan, Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues, GAO

The Army is headed toward a Sept. 30 deadline to have a Statement of Budgetary Resources ready. Meeting that deadline is critical towards the Defense Department's goal of achieving full audit readiness by fiscal 2017. Asif Khan, director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army is showing some important progress to meeting this year's benchmark.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:57pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

In an era when Congress rarely agrees on anything, some bipartisanship might usually be a welcome thing. But what Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is hammering the Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that given the depths of the scandal that's not surprising.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:50pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The fight is on between the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. They're fighting about legislation to allow the VA Secretary to fire senior executives, how to respond to the health care scandal and more. But the Veterans Affairs Committees are missing something that might help them better understand the problems Veterans face. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Fredric Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers

The Postal Service's latest financial results are no better than any of their recent numbers. But they might not be as bad as they look. Different interpretations of those numbers cause some leaders to think the Postal Service has a faster route back to profitability than Congress does. Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told In Depth with Francis Rose nobody argues about the numbers themselves. It's more about how you read them.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:24pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, Air Force (Ret.), Meyerrose Group

A computer hacker facing up to 20 years in prison is free after helping the federal government stop hundreds of cyberattacks. He taught agencies how to protect millions of dollars and cripple the hacker group Anonymous. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose was chief information officer for three Air Force commands and three joint combatant commands. He was also the first CIO of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and is now president of the Meyerrose Group. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what kind of precedence this sets for future cybersecurity policies.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 06:03pm EDT
Martha Johnson, Aileen Black & Gigi Schumm

The departure of Secretary Eric Shinseki at the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't mean the crisis there is over. The next step is managing through the crisis. Martha Johnson was administrator at the General Services Administration when the conference scandal blew up at GSA. She's the first guest on a new program on Federal News Radio called Women in Washington. It debuts this coming Wednesday at 9 a.m., right after the Federal Drive. Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm host the show. Martha tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem Secretary Shinseki found isn't unique to VA.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon freely admits that it's a whole lot better at buying weapons than it is at buying services. But since it's now spending more money on services than it is on products, it's time to get serious about service contracts. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about that topic in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook,

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:24pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

Unless your name is Tammy Flanagan, you probably don't know everything about planning a federal retirement. Which means you might be leaving benefits on the table you never knew you had. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, is hosting a series of webinars starting on Thursday, June 12, to help explain the basics and three big mistakes people make when navigating the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:17pm EDT
Frank Hoffman, Institute for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

The debate to change the Army's force structure is switching focus from "should they do it" to "how." One strategy is a Commission on the Structure of the Army. Frank Hoffman, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, tells In Depth with Francis Rose a commission would be a big step backwards in the effort to make the Army more affordable.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: True VA scandal, veterans fire back

Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, and Debra Roth, partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth, counted down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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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