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7:34 pm, November 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.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 05:13pm EDT
Advancing Procurement at the Pace of Technological Change

Some federal IT leaders cite the Federal Acquisition Regulations as the biggest obstacle to getting innovative technology deployed at their agencies. That concept was just one covered at the "Advancing Procurement at the Pace of Technological Change: Why Government Will (or Won't) Fix Procurement" panel at NextGov Prime 2014 Monday. Federal News Radio's Francis Rose moderated the discussion with Frank McNally, content developer at ASI Government; Joe Jordan, president of public sector at FedBid and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Kaitlin Devine, innovation specialist at the General Services Administration; and Shawn Kingsberry, chief information officer at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. To start the panel off, Joe Jordan tells Francis whether that perception of FAR as obstacle is fair.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:47pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Bob McDonald, new secretary of Veterans Affairs, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports McDonald is promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages constructive dissent. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:30pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The pressure to get a deal done to prevent another government shutdown is already on Congress as it comes back from summer recess today. It looks like they won't waste any time getting down to business. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On his blog "Hawkings Here" and on In Depth with Francis Rose, David said he's watching the continuing resolution negotiations and the richest members of Congress.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Hanscom Air Force Base

The Office of Management and Budget has a new reading list on innovative contracting. Tom Kalil of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lesley Field of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy write about the release of the first version of Innovative Contracting Case Studies. One of them is a book called FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation. Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is author of the book. He shared some of the details on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:54pm EDT
Dick Stieglitz, Former Director, McDonnell Douglas Corporation

For the next two weeks, the news media spotlight will focus on Congress and its plan to avoid another government shutdown at the end of September. But the bad publicity spotlight is always ready to zero in on bad news from your agency. Dick Stieglitz is former director of defense consulting for McDonnell Douglas. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a list of bad signs to watch out for that could potentially throw your agency into the bad publicity spotlight.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 08:50am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Labor Department's leap of faith in putting its financial management system in the cloud and that effort is troubled. Labor's inspector general recently found the agency's back up plans to take over from its contractor running the financial system to be lacking. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Labor's challenges in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on why Labor's financial management system is at risk.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 05:13pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: No shutdown drama, Program management

Jim Williams, left, partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, and Ron Marks, president of Intelligence Enterprises, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 09/05/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Every single fund in the Thrift Savings Plan is up at least 1.5 percent since this time last year. But the strength of the TSP might not matter at all if you're thinking about phased retirement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, helps federal employees navigate the new world of phased retirement options. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options. Register for Federal News Radio's Phased Retirement Chat.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Keith Trippie, Former Director of Enterprise System Development , DHS

Bob Brese steps down Friday as the chief information officer of the Energy Department. He leaves right before the agency starts a technology consolidation program he helped plan for the last two years. Keith Trippie, chief executive officer of the Trippie Group and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office at the Homeland Security Department, has predictions for how the roles of future CIOs will change over the next few years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the job can change so quickly. Read Keith's related column.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:22am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," was how Charles Dickens started off the novel Tale of Two Cities. But that introduction could also start a novel about your agency. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he drew some similarities between the federal government and the Dickensian world.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Greg Rayburn, Security Analyst, Fluke Networks

Drones may wind up the future weapon of choice in cyber attacks. Some cybersecurity analysts discover a cheap unmanned drone can be very effective at breaching wireless networks. Greg Rayburn is a security analyst for Fluke Networks. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are many different scenarios where a drone can pose a major cyber threat to your agency.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Internal Revenue Service has a hard number of how much money each of their revenue agents brings in for every dollar invested in their pay and benefits. But that's not possible for every agency or every job description. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what he thinks the key is to put a dollar value on the work employees do.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Rob Roy, Federal Chief Technology Officer, HP Enterprise Security

The Homeland Security Department will debut its continuous diagnostics and mitigation dashboard. It's the latest effort from the government to transition to a CDM model. Rob Roy is federal chief technology officer of HP Enterprise Security Products. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said problems like these aren't unique in the federal government.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans will soon be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country. Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the Veterans Health Administration, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new apps and the growing use of telehealth services across VA. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is muscling contractors out of the federal marketplace. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger said GSA will use a string of new contracts for office supplies as a form of supplier suppression.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

A former technology leader at the General Services Administration has a new job in the private sector. Dave McClure served as GSA's associate administrator for the Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies for five years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the next chapter in his professional career. Read the related article

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expects his agency to have more staffing issues next year unless it can receive some financial support from Congress. During this year's tax season, almost half the people who called the IRS couldn't reach a live person. Greg Stanford, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency's staffing problem is due to more than just a lack of money.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:03pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, IRS

John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has now seen every one of the 25 largest IRS offices outside of D.C. in person. He says he took the trips to personally see every office and meet with leadership,employees and union leaders. In an exclusive interview at IRS headquarters, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his observations of employee morale. Read the related article

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