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3:30 pm, October 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.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Jay Healey, Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Back in 2012, then-defense secretary Leon Panetta warned of a catastrophic cyber attack that could cripple an entire nation or its military. He called it a cyber Pearl Harbor. It was emblematic of a lot of the conventional wisdom that's built up around cyber warfare over the past decade or so. In a recent op-ed, Jay Healey challenges some of that conventional wisdom. Healy is director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he argued not only is deterrence possible in cyberspace, it's been a reality for a couple decades now.

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Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The final rule is out on phased retirement for federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management says people can start submitting their applications for phased retirement on Nov. 6. But not everyone can qualify. Tammy Flanagan is senior benefits director of the National Institute of Transition Planning. She explained the details of the final rule on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:31pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Congressional reforms for agencies on how to buy technology are increasingly unlikely. Industry experts are holding little hope that multiple bills attempting to fix long-standing problems with IT acquisition will get passed before the end of the year. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why some are pessimistic about IT reform this year.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

It's been almost five years since Congress eliminated the National Security Personnel System, and almost three years since it told the Pentagon to come up with a new performance management system for civilian personnel. Now, DoD has released some early details on what that new system will eventually look like. In a semiannual report to Congress last week, officials said they had notified DoD labor unions that the new system will evaluate employee performance in three tiers and promised that those performance reviews will be linked to organizational goals. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the system changes on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Lexy Kessler, Government Contracting Practice Partner, Aronson

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order designed to crack down on federal contractors who are violating labor laws and continuing to get federal money. Over the coming months, agencies will be drawing up regulations to implement the order, which requires companies to notify the government if they've violated any one of 14 different labor laws over the past three years. Lexy Kessler is a partner at the advisory firm Aronson LLC -- she leads their government contracting practice. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she shared the key points companies need to keep in mind about what's ahead.

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Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Dr. Linda Jensen, Human Resources Specialist, NASA Ames Research

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Linda Jensen, a human resources specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained her underlying theory to human resources at her agency. Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One of them is Linda Jensen, a human resources specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained her underlying theory to human resources at her agency.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department adds its voice to a growing list of associations and lawmakers with ideas on how to improve the military's acquisition process. DoD's ideas center less on what Congress can do and more on what it shouldn't do. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu what DoD is looking to change.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Last week, the Government Accountability office released some of its conclusions about the problems surrounding the launch of HealthCare.gov, like cost overruns, schedule delays and an alleged lack of proper oversight over the project's prime contractor. It warned problems with the website could resurface later this year. GAO says the management weaknesses that caused the problems in the first place are still in place at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, joins In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu. He says the procurement side of the issue isn't the true villian in this ongoing I-T saga.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Newly hired federal employees don't have any sick leave during their first year on the job. Instead they accrue it over time and can start using it their second year. That creates a dilemma for wounded veterans who want to work for a federal agency, but can't miss a doctor's appointment. A newly-introduced piece of legislation aims to eliminate that dilemma. Katie Maddocks, government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why it's a staunch advocate of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:59pm EDT
Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One is Nick Nayak, former chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said human resource management is key to procurement success.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

After four years of talking about it, Congress is closer than ever to passing serious cybersecurity reform legislation. House and Senate lawmakers passed separate bills before adjourning for the August recess. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu about the Senate bill.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

It's been a while since the problems surrounding HealthCare.gov were front page news. But a new examination of the site's troubled launch by the Government Accountability Office makes very clear that the IT acquisition problems that existed in the program over the past few years are not a thing of the past, and users could run into trouble once again during the next open enrollment period. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he shared some conclusions from their examination of the acquisition challenges at CMS.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Pat Tamburrino, Director of Business Development, LMI

Nearly three-quarters of a million civilian Defense Department employees will enter a new, three-tiered employee appraisal system. The Pentagon included the new system in its six-month Congressional update on personnel systems. The update is a requirement of the 2010 Defense Authorization Act that killed the National Security Personnel System. Pat Tamburrino is director of business development at LMI and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said comparing the new system to NSPS might take a while.

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Friday - 08/01/2014, 06:42pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Costly IT flop; Innovation and leadership

Bob Otto, president for the Government Services Sector at Agilex and former Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Postal Service, joined Francis Rose to count down the week's top stories.

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Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Lt. Gen. David Barno, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

A steady flow of policy documents details how the branches of the military -- and the Defense Department as a whole -- will prepare for the wars of the future. But the changing nature of warfare may have the United States preparing for the wrong war. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. He was the first Commander of Military Operations-Afghanistan. He writes on War On The Rocks, under the title "The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century," that war is morphing. He explained how on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Vendors that sell to the federal government will have to certify they aren't violating 14 different federal labor laws in order to receive future government contracts. President Barack Obama signs an executive order today creating another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry shouldn't look to the U.S. military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is interested in driving innovation in areas like "soldier power." Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:17pm EDT
David Dye, Director in Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

Communication skills are on the decline among federal agency leaders. The non-profit Partnership for Public Service says only about half of federal employees think their supervisors are good communicators and motivators. David Dye is a Director in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice. Deloitte helped the Partnership crunch the latest numbers. David explained the results on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:14pm EDT
David Hendel, Partner, Husch Blackwell

The Department of Labor files a lawsuit against the Postal Service. Labor says USPS made bogus terrorism charges against an employee to retaliate when he reported unsafe working conditions. David Hendel is a partner and government contracts attorney at Husch Blackwell. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the actions of the Postal Service should serve as a warning for both federal employees and contractors.

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