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5:38 pm, July 11, 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 - 04/04/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Calls for changes to federal pay usually revolve around how much you make versus the private sector. But Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes about the differences between feds doing the same jobs in different parts of the country in his column today. Mike used the opening of a joke as the title of his column: "A GS-15 walks into a bar: The bartender says why the long face?" But Francis Rose asked him, what's the punch line?

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Friday - 04/04/2014, 04:37pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

After a long series of delays, the Navy says it fully intends to move its massive enterprise IT network onto a new contract known as NGEN by the end of September. More details from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 04/04/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The Thrift Savings Plan is unrolling a "Take Five for Your Future" initiative to help you understand your TSP options better. It's using the number five to drive home advice on agency contributions, from the five life cycle funds to how long it takes to start planning your financial future. The TSP even has a video to try to make the learning curve extra smooth. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, filled in Francis Rose on In Depth.

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Friday - 04/04/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: CBP tech acquisition, Two week budget blitz

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of public sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, and Jeff Kock, independent consultant at MindPetal Software Solutions, joined Francis Rose to count down the week's top stories on Federal News Countdown.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 05:03pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs Committee members are no longer asking the Veterans Affairs Department to improve their cybersecurity. They want to tell them how to do it. A new bill introduced Wednesday would be among the most perspective cyber bills that any agency has seen in almost a decade. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose. In Depth with details on the bill and reaction to it. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:02pm EDT
Phillip Carter, senior fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Defense Department says it's creating a profile of the Fort Hood shooter to understand his motives. Intense media coverage is producing a wide variety of theories. But that outside speculation could be undermining an opportunity for DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs to better protect employees from future tragedies. Phillip Carter, senior fellow, counsel and director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security, was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The FBI and inspectors general from EPA and GSA are investigating an 18-month scam targeting vendors on the GSA schedule. The bad actors are spoofing federal employee emails to buy toner cartridges with stolen credit cards. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose. to provide details about the scam and information about how you should protect yourself. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:59pm EDT
Lee Dougherty, partner, Fluet, Huber and Hoang

Small businesses don't have to stay small to qualify for small business work, according to a decision from the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals. The decision sets a precedent for size rules for government contractors. Lee Dougherty, a partner at Fluet, Huber and Hoang, was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

About 70 percent of federal employees are against introducing a performance-based system for calculating pay raises, according to the 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. But that's one of the proposals from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton in their plan to reform the General Schedule system. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, gave his ideas for reforming GS pay scales on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department has just made a pretty significant change to the way it's going to buy products and services from GSA's schedules program. Instead of relying on GSA's determination that the government's already getting a good deal from the vendors in the program, the new rules appear to require DoD's own contracting officers to do the same thing. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose. to talk about that change.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:09pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Your agency faces a deadline to implement the current set of cloud security standards. But the next version is already under development. The General Services Administration, and the Defense and Homeland Security departments are kicking off FedRAMP standards 2.0 by incorporating new NIST standards. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller offers details on this effort.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

After trying and failing for the past several years to get Congress to raise health care premiums for military retirees, the Defense Department says it focuses its current plan on creating the right incentives for the people its health plan covers. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD thinks it can discourage the most expensive care options and still provide top-notch health care.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement.

The Senate's list of experts making recommendations for a 21st century government doesn't include any contractors or contracting groups. Agencies and think tanks will submit recommendations, but so far, no organizations that represent government's industry partners. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, weighs in on In Depth with Francis Rose

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:56pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Major reforms to the General Schedule are the solution for problems with federal hiring and promotion, according to new research from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen. They're proposing reforms like cutting down to five pay scales instead of 15. They also propose replacing tenure-based pay increases with performance-based ones.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

The third round of selections for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is about to start. Federal News Radio Web editor Shefali Kapadia goes inside the Fellows program in her special report this week: Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows. Kapadia says the program is a unique bridge between the public and private sectors.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Col. Jeremy Martin, Commandant, Defense Information School

A public affairs program for international students is helping the Pentagon meet its strategic defense goals. The Defense Information School is helping students from six different countries develop military communications strategies that are unique to their home countries. DoD says it's part of an overall military-to-military engagement plan. Col. Jeremy Martin, commandant of the Defense Information School, and one of his students, Capt. Rebecca Callas in the El Savladoran Air Force, were guests on In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

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Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:59pm EDT
Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

"Executive branch Swiss cheese" is what Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee calls leadership vacancies at your agency. He and ranking member, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), are looking for ways to plug up the employment gaps at your agency. Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, testified before the committee at a hearing called Management Matters: Creating a 21st Century Government. He has a list of recommendations for Congress to follow as it plans a way to modernize your agency's workforce.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's reached a tipping point in its ongoing effort to eliminate its backlog of disability claims. The department says the backlog is 40 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But VA observers say there are several problems with the way VA is measuring success. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Larry Allen, Vice President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Changes are coming to the way your agency manages Multiple Award Schedule. Suggestions come from the General Services Administration Inspector General. Larry Allen, vice president of Allen Federal Business Partners and co-author of "The Week Ahead" newsletter, joins In Depth with Francis Rose.

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