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12:03 am, May 27, 2015

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.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 09:22am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 21, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, construction on a Veterans Affairs hospital center in Denver could stop Sunday if Congress doesn't take action before the holiday weekend, House Speaker John Boehner lashes out at Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and the Labor Department asks a House panel for help in overhauling the Federal Employees Compensation Act.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:39pm EDT
Amanda Nguyen, Director of Strategy, CHIEF

The Homeland Security Department is one step closer toward getting its own social media group. The Social Media Working Group Act amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. It already has approval from the House and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The group would meet twice a year to plan how DHS can use social media in disaster response. Amanda Nguyen, director of strategy at CHIEF and former director of Web communications at the Agriculture Department's Office of Communications, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what DHS group should consider.

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Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Gordon Adams, Former OMB Official

The new Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review is now out from the State Department. It's the second-ever review from the department, similar to the Quadrennial Defense Review from the Pentagon. Gordon Adams, a former Office of Management and Budget official, writes about the new QDDR for Foreign Policy magazine. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why it's pretty unambitious.

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Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:22pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Tom Carper, have concerns about the security measures the Thrift Savings Plan takes. The TSP says it's moving to deal with those concerns. Kim Weaver, director of external Affairs at the TSP, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that TSP Board got an update on the security plan at its monthly meeting.

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Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:01pm EDT
Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Cybersecurity Fellow, New America Foundation

The Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt is one of the most effective aircraft in the fleet. Its project leaders say the Thunderbolt's simple design means its development time and maintenance costs beat out other, more complex systems. But simple weapons systems are hard to come by now at the Defense Department. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward is now a cybersecurity fellow at the New America Foundation and his latest book is "The Simplicity Cycle." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government technology development programs are too complex, and simpler alternatives are already out there.

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Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 08:35am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 20, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a bill approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would let inspectors general subpoena former federal employees and federal contractors, a Virginia congressman wants the TSP to have a new fund devoted to companies with women in positions of leadership and the Senate passes a bill to clarify how Border Patrol agents get paid.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:36pm EDT
Conversation between agencies and industry evolves beyond sequestration

Sequestration and the government shutdown dominated the focus of agency and business leaders in 2013 when Rick Holgate became president of the American Council of Technology. About to step down, he sees a changed landscape.

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Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:57pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Both the House and Senate versions of this year's defense authorization bill include numerous provisions on acquisition reform. But the Pentagon has serious questions about at least a few of the provisions, including one that would give the military's uniformed leaders more control over procurement decisions. More from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:55pm EDT
Sharla Rausch, Former Deputy Director, Office of National Labs, DHS

Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson says his agency can't move forward unless it stops talking about low morale. Sharla Rausch, chair of the Women in Homeland Security STEM Committee, is former deputy director of the Office of National Laboratories for DHS. When she was at the agency, she told her colleagues, "It all boils down to people." But in a piece for Security Debrief, she says rearranging a few of those words more accurately describes how federal employees are feeling today — and not in a good way. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why national security boils down to understanding your employees.

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Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Gary Becker, Chief Economist, Catalyst Partners

The Transportation Security Administration gets more customer complaints on its pre-check screening program as more passengers use it. But the TSA doesn't have a comprehensive policy for releasing that information to the public. Gary Becker, chief economist for Catalyst Partners and former senior economist for the Homeland Security Department's private sector office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the customer service complaint data and what this could mean for TSA.

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Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

The Office of Management and Budget is taking comments now on its guidance for implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA could be a big landscape change for government IT— for both the government buyers and the industry sellers. Richard Spires, former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service and now chief executive officer at Resilient Network Systems, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's positive about FITARA.

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Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 04:19pm EDT
David Walker, Senior Strategic Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers

A leadership vacuum may be the biggest holdup to transforming government operations. David Walker, the former Comptroller of the United States, is now with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why political appointees should think of themselves as executive leaders: chief operating officer types -- not just secretaries -- or whatever titles they have.

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Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 09:05am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 19, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the House passes six bills related to veterans, a new bill in the House seeks to bring down the government's costs for employees' prescription drug benefits and with lots of federal leases expiring, Congress sees a chance at reining in the dollars spent on office space.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The defense appropriations process starts in earnest this week. The Overseas Contingency Operations fund will likely be at the center of debate for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. It will likely mark up its fiscal 2016 bill Wednesday. House Republicans want $38 billion in the OCO fund. But President Obama says he will veto any measure that uses the OCO as a way to avoid defense spending caps. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu how this might all play out before Congress breaks for recess next week.

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Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The number of workers ages 65 and up will likely go up 23 percent by 2022. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says a heavier focus on education rather than work means the number of young employees in the workforce is going down. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, says as more Americans show an inclination to continue working later in life, government is a good place for people looking for a second or third career.

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Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:23pm EDT
Rick Holgate, CIO, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The budget bills the House and Senate are negotiating this week won't do away with the specter of sequestration. The automatic budget cuts in 2013 impacted the dialogue between industry and agencies, according to Rick Holgate, chief information officer at the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Holgate is also outgoing president of the American Council of Technology, after serving in that role for two years. On In Depth, he tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose at ACT-IAC's Management of Change conference, how sequestration affected the relationship between industry and government and how that relationship has been repaired in the last two years.

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Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:02pm EDT
John Owens, CIO, US Patent and Trademark Office

The Patent and Trademark Office is reviewing the results of the IT Vets Hiring Fair of 2015 that took place a few weeks ago. John Owens, chief information officer at PTO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose his takeaways from the hiring fair and what he's looking for.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 05:45pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Cyber attacks, Teddy out of the pram

Molly O'Neill of CGI Federal and Simon Szykman of Attain count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose on Federal News Countdown.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:52pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Some longtime federal employees in the Federal Employees Retirement System have access to the FERS Supplement. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose when you should use it and why your FERS supplement is different from your Social Security benefits.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:49pm EDT
Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

Defense Secretary Ash Carter looks to Silicon Valley for help with its new cyber strategy. But Carter doesn't have too much time to get the partnership off the ground before the Obama administration leaves and another one takes its place. Steve Grundman, George Lund fellow at the Atlantic Council and former deputy defense undersecretary for industrial affairs and installations, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why Carter should focus on the wins he can earn now.

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