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10:23 pm, July 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.

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

It's still far too early to celebrate, but there are some signs that the reforms may be paying off five years after Congress passed its most recent attempt to fix the Defense Department's acquisition system. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:24pm EDT
Henry Willis, Director, Homeland Security and Defense Center, RAND

The House of Representatives is considering a bill to reform the Homeland Security Department's acquisition process. H.R. 4228 asks DHS to improve acquisition accountability and keep its programs on schedule. Henry Willis, director of the RAND Corporation's Homeland Security and Defense Center, tells In Depth with Francis Rose whether this is a remedy in the works for DHS' troubled acquisition process.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:18pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Charles Edwards and Kathleen Sebelius will tell you federal leaders only get name recognition when it's not positive. Staying on mission, within budget and keeping productivity high are just a few of the things federal managers and decision makers have to think about. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, tells In Depth with Francis Rose it's time for you and your colleagues to look in the mirror.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 06:09pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

You know you exist, but when you retire not everyone else does. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes about the G-Man who never was and still isn't in his column today. He says you can learn a lesson from this guy.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Ben FitzGerald, Center for a New American Security

The National Defense Authorization Act for this year will include an increase for cyber operations. It's one of the few budget categories that will go up in the defense budget. Ben FitzGerald, a senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, is writing about potential models for success in cyber command and control structure.

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Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:45pm EDT
Col. Mike Barron (Ret.), Military Officers Association of America

The first day of markups for the National Defense Authorization Act includes a big win for military personnel advocates but potentially a big swing and a miss too. The Personnel subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee rejects cuts to housing allowances...commissary funding and changes to TRICARE that would make some participants pay more themselves. The subcommittee didn't say anything about a 1 percent pay raise for troops for 2015 though. Retired Army Col. Mike Barron, deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, shares his views on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:51pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama will sign the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act or DATA Act into law this week. This is a legislative victory for the open government community. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells us why getting the bill through Congress and to the President may actually have been the easy part of this of this nearly three-year effort. Read the related story by Jason Miller.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:45pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement.

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management will move ahead with a partnership to manage a multiple award contract for human capital and training services. The agencies issued a memorandum of understanding detailing each agency's roles -- GSA will take over facets of acquisition and OPM is responsible for services side of the contract. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the end goal is to procure these types of services at a lower price.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:39pm EDT
Dr. Maren Leed, Senior Adviser, CSIS

A few years after then-Defense secretary Robert Gates put the Marine Corps' variant of the F-35 fighter on "probation" because of poor performance, the Marine Corps is optimistic about the plane's future and the rest of the aviation portfolio. That's the message the service's top aviation official delivered to the Center For Strategic And International Studies yesterday. Dr. Maren Leed, senior adviser at CSIS, hosted the event. She tells Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu the Marine Corps' aviation programs are looking healthier than most other areas of weapon system acquisition in DoD.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project on Government Oversight

The former acting Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, Charles Edwards, is now on administrative leave, following the release of a Senate subcommittee report indicating Edwards "jeopardized the independence" of the IG office. Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about who's watching the watchers.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:15pm EDT
Dr. Mica Endsley, Chief Scientist of the Air Force

The Air Force could be facing a perfect storm of personnel issues when it comes to scientific talent. It's hard to attract young scientists to government work over a higher paid industry job. Dr. Mica Endsley, chief scientist of the Air Force, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that as many senior officials seek early retirement, the Air Force is looking at a gap in its pipeline of future leaders in the science and engineering fields.

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Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 09:44am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army broke ground last week on what will become the Defense Department's largest solar energy project ever. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., solar project will provide the Army with renewable energy at no additional cost to the government. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Army sets aside dozens of acres of southern Arizona land for the solar panels. In exchange for the land, a local utility company will build and operate them. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/28/2014, 06:24pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management will team with the General Services Administration to re-imagine its multi-billion dollar training contract. OPM and GSA sign an agreement today to combine their expertise to develop the new contract. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on the new plans for the training and management assistance contract.

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Monday - 04/28/2014, 06:20pm EDT
Tamar Hallerman, Appropriations Reporter, Roll Call

Your agency's annual spending bill is on the to-do list before Congress's August recess. They are back today for the longest work session of the year. Tamar Hallerman, appropriations reporter at Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose your agency's appropriations bill is on the clock in the House of Representatives.

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Monday - 04/28/2014, 06:05pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

An interagency squabble over version 3 of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract goes public and the General Services Administration isn't happy about it. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller explains why and what added bit of humor to an otherwise dry federal procurement process.

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Monday - 04/28/2014, 05:56pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Internal Revenue Service employees that got bonuses when they owed back taxes made a big fuss even inside the agency. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that some context is in order.

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Monday - 04/28/2014, 05:51pm EDT
Bill Greenwalt, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The Defense Department is preparing a new edition of Better Buying Power. It'll be the third version of the Pentagon's effort to reshape how it acquires what it needs. Bill Greenwalt, a fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and former deputy under secretary of Defense for industrial policy, is writing about defense acquisition reform in Breaking Defense.

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Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive Magazine

Misconduct isn't a disqualifier for bonuses and extra time off, at least at the IRS. More than 1,100 employees at the agency, who either didn't pay their taxes or under reported on them, still received more than $1 million in bonuses. This is from an inspector general's report that revealed even larger problems. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, joins In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about this latest self-inflicted image problem for federal employees.

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Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Jay McTigue, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Absorbing $900 million in budget cuts has created some problems for the IRS, including major staffing reductions and uneven performance. The Government Accountability Office says the agency's budget request of $12.5 billion for fiscal year 2015 is a step in the right direction. Jay McTigue, director of strategic issues for the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose $12.5 billion won't fix what ails the IRS.

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Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Asia strategy hobbled, targeting digital spying

Dale Meyerrose, president of the Meyerrose Group, and Greg Garcia, principal at Garcia Cyber Partners, counted down the week's top stories with Francis Rose on Federal News Countdown.

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