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2:41 am, July 28, 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 - 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.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The Internal Revenue Service's Inspector General says IRS employees who owe taxes collected more than $1 million in bonus money. And a couple other headlines this week included stories of misconduct or misbehavior by federal employees. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that you can look at these stories three different ways, as an optimist, a pessimist or a realist.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Government leaders expect small business contracting to hit the 23 percent goal of all prime contracts going to small businesses when they get the results for fiscal 2013. That would happen for the first time in seven years. But some in the contracting community see warning signs of bigger problems for small firms. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explains why some want to rain on the small business success parade.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon and its suppliers have made it through defense spending downturns before. But they say this one's different because it poses risks they've never seen before - both for the companies themselves, and for future military capabilities. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach, Partnership for Public Service

The first week of May means more than margaritas. Since 1985, it's also served as Public Service Recognition Week, an opportunity to relay the benefits and value of government work to those inside and outside of it. Tim McManus, vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about this year's theme -- Proud to serve.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 05:26pm EDT
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud Initiatives, TASC

Verizon's annual data breach report says federal employees cause nearly 60 percent of reported cyber attacks in government. And 34 percent of those breaches come from small mistakes, like emailing documents to the wrong person. Mark Forman, former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT or the first federal CIO, is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose you and your co-workers could be the reason for a cyber breach at your agency.

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Thursday - 04/24/2014, 04:59pm EDT
Terry Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Visionary Integration Professionals

Plenty of conversations are circulating about changes to the General Schedule and problems with federal hiring. Agencies are looking for a way to better keep track of their employees' performance and measure their progress. And industry says it has a solution. Training and performance management is in one place. Terry Miller, chief operating officer at Visionary Integration Professionals, was Francis Rose's guest on Industry Chatter.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:46pm EDT
Ken Allen, Executive Director, ACT-IAC

The departure of Dave McClure at the General Services Administration marks the loss of another John J. Franke Award winner. McClure received that award last year. Friday is the deadline for nominations for this year's award. Ken Allen, executive director of the ACT-IAC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose time is running out to recognize some of the federal government's greatest work.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's top officer says Congress needs to allow his service to make the painful decision to retire entire fleets of aircraft in order to cope with budget cuts. Gen. Mark Welsh says if the money has to come from somewhere else, all the alternatives would jeopardize the Air Force's core missions. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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