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6:42 am, April 28, 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.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:33pm EST
Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

One of the top priorities for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is to transform the Defense Department into a better, and cheaper, version of itself. One proposal is to hand more responsibilities over to the private sector. Dan Goure is vice president of the Lexington Institute and former director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the private sector model is making a huge difference for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:28pm EST
Mark Peterson, Division Chief for Data and Analytics, USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development wants to channel a river of big data into an analysis program that can power future management decisions. The agency has a request for information out to find ways to transform the data into a more useful and visually intuitive form. Mark Peterson is division chief for data and analytics at USAID. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on what kind of data USAID has and what it wants to do with it.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am EST
Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues, GAO

The Small Business Administration has a problem with its Historically Underutilized Business Zones designation. According to a new GAO report, SBA has no way to inform businesses when they might no longer qualify as a HUBZone. Or when the zone they operate in might not longer be considered a HUBZone. For more on the report, and what SBA can do to improve, Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 08:59am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 23, 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 government sends wrong tax information to 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers, key federal cybersecurity initiatives would be an early casualty of a Homeland Security Department funding lapse and a female soldier makes launcher chief history.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:58pm EST
Federal News Countdown: Obama budget, 'Wild West' Internet

Jim Carafano, director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation, and Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, count down the week's top federal headlines with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:20pm EST
Kevin Collins, Spokesman, Office of Inspector General, EPA

Potential fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency is attracting congressional attention. Members asked EPA's Office of Inspector General to investigate a specific case involving a senior policy Adviser at the agency named John Beale. Kevin Collins is spokesman for EPA OIG and contributed to its report. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the details of the case and why Congress is paying attention.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:16pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon has been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work -- at least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy that's on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract. The Pentagon publishes a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a $30 billion cut. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:15pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

You have two basic retirement-planning options with the Thrift Savings Plan. You can leave your money in, or take it out. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said there are pros and cons for both, but you need to think carefully before you decide what to do.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 10:42am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have one thing in common. They're both preparing several new opportunities for contractors. By March, contractors can expect a series of draft and final requests for proposals for some of the largest IT service contracts in the government. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the next wave of big RFPs.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 08:25am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 20, 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, a former Army captain is sentenced to five years in prison for wire and mail fraud, a new research center will help local governments increase their resilience to natural disasters and the operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:51pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The horror story of the $600 toilet seat is many years behind us. But the 21st Century equivalent may be the $29 stapler that Richard Ginman used as an example for why the Defense Department would audit General Services Administration schedules. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that story of the stapler got him motivated to do some research, and see if he could find that stapler.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:47pm EST
Zina Merritt, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The Pentagon has decades-old management problems it needs to scrub if it wants to get off the High-Risk List at the Government Accountability Office. But the department has changed a lot since GAO first added its business transformation plan to the list in 2005. Zina Merritt is director of defense capabilities and management issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how close DoD is to getting its plan off the High-Risk list.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:38pm EST
Maj. Gen. Steve Smith, Former U.S. Army, Pat Park, Metalogix

Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning personify the concept of the insider threat. Defending against that threat is now one of the highest priorities for the military and intelligence communities. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Steven Smith is former chief information security officer for the Army. He's now Security Technology Adviser to Metalogix. Pat Park is vice president for public sector at Metalogix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained how agencies can tackle the different types of insider threats.

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Thursday - 02/19/2015, 08:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - February 19, 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,

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 05:32pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By one measure, the Defense Department's health care bill is triple what it was 15 years ago. By another, medical costs make up 10 percent of the military's budget, compared to 6 percent in 2000. A new report from the Center for a New American Security says the department has to get health spending under control, and offers two main prescriptions. Peter Levin is an adjunct fellow at the center, and also a former chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, he says it's true that the nation's overall health care costs have been rising, but DoD seems to be last in line to address the problem.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:55pm EST
Bill Phillips, principal, KPMG

The new Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, will have some new input on transforming business operations at the department. The Defense Business Board has recommendations for Carter and his colleagues at the top of the Pentagon for improving the department's business operations. Bill Phillips is principal in charge of the federal advisory unit at KPMG. He's also chair of the Defense Business Board task force, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the recommendations.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:35pm EST
Dan Tangherlini, administrator, General Services Administration

Dan Tangherlini calls back office functions in government "the boiler room." And he has positioned the General Services Administration to be the leader in providing services that stoke the boiler for agencies across government. Friday is his last day as GSA Administrator. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he discussed the federal real estate portfolio, GSA's establishment of 18F as one of the early leaders in digital services in government, and much more.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 04:15pm EST
Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Dov Zakheim, CSIS

Sequestration is still the law of the land, and the spending cap that the government has to work under is about $498 billion for the defense budget. But more and more members of Congress say that's not enough for the Pentagon. Dov Zakheim is senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Bob Hale is a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Both have served as Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about the possibilities for an agreement on the defense budget.

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Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:15am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

If you've never heard of the Invoice Processing Platform, you're probably not alone. It's a system for handling electronic transactions with vendors. And now the Office of Management and Budget is developing new guidance that strongly encourages agencies to use it and it alone. At the moment, your chief financial officer is commenting on the draft guidance. It's all part of OMB's more aggressive push to shared services in 2015. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what he's found out about the draft guidance, and where OMB is heading with shared services.

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