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12:21 am, September 15, 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.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

When it comes to getting better results out of federal programs, the Office of Management and Budget says it's all well and good to measure past performance, but it's time to start pivoting from a focus on short term goals to implementing lasting improvements. To do that, OMB is telling agencies to put their energy into a new regime of "strategic reviews" in response to the 2010 Government Performance And Results Act Modernization Act. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, writes about the direction OMB is pushing agencies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three parts of the implementation process.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:43pm EDT
Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation

Over the past few years, there's been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there's also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It's just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

When President Barack Obama signed the Digital Transparency and Accountability Act last month, outside experts said implementing the latest open government law would be a big lift for agencies. In some new draft documents obtained by Federal News Radio, the Office of Management and Budget seems to be acknowledging as much but also signaling a commitment to get it done. It's one of the topics Executive Editor Jason Miller covers in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The Merit Systems Protection Board knew more than a year ago it was likely to be swamped with federal employees appealing their furloughs when sequestration first kicked in. But it's been a busy 19 months for the agency. It's still dealing with the 32,000 appeals it got from furloughed employees. And as Federal News Radio's Mike Causey discussed with Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose, none of them have been approved so far.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Mari Galloway, Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu

It's no secret the U.S. faces some big challenges with the size and capacity of its cybersecurity workforce. But putting a finer point on those challenges isn't as easy. An all-week event at Virginia Tech tried to answer those questions. At the 2014 U.S Cyber Challenge Summer Cyber Camp, attendees got intensive training on discrete cyber skills but also an overview of the overall workforce shortage, and where their specialized skills might be able to help. Mari Galloway, director of finance for the Women's Society of Cyber Jutsu, was one of the 45 participants in this week's event. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a few of her main takeaways.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

After a five-year period during which the Air Force had no Senate-confirmed official at the top of its acquisition chain, the service finally has a leader in place. Dr. William LaPlante was confirmed in February as assistant secretary for acquisition. In a speech at the Atlantic Council last week, he outlined his five main priorities. Arnold Punaro introduced LaPlante at that event; he explained the potential for defense acquisition reform on In Depth with Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:51pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Like the fast food chain, agencies have it their way when developing their strategic review processes. The Office of Management and Budget is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet the Government Performance and Results Act, or GPRA. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explains how agencies are taking a different approach.

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Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:43pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Employees under the age of 30 make up 7 percent of the federal workforce. Employees under age 30 made up more than 20 percent of the federal workforce in 1975. But your agency shouldn't just bring on young people just for the sake of making young hires. Finding the right talent to fill your agency's mission means taking a more holistic approach to hiring. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He explained why the numbers shouldn't scare off agencies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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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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