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6:12 am, December 19, 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 - 12/15/2014, 04:46pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The spending bill for the rest of fiscal 2015 -- except for the Homeland Security Department -- is on President Obama's desk, waiting for his signature. Congress was supposed to be gone by now; but, the Senate is still in session, and they may not leave for a while. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the confirmation parade the Senate is on.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:22pm EST
Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

17 federal contractors each claim to know the best way to modernize the retirement system at the Office of Personnel Management. Those vendors pitched their ideas to OPM at an Industry Day earlier this year, and now the agency's gearing up for its fifth attempt to modernize its system. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said OPM needs to weigh its options carefully so the fifth try is the one that finally sticks.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:18pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's Lifecycle funds is ready for President Obama's signature. But first your agency needs to hire new people for that bill to make a difference. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted the federal hiring outlook for 2015.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:11pm EST
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies, CSBA

The Navy knows three things about its plan to build a stronger version of the Littoral Combat Ship. The first is it has the green light from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The second is who's going to build it. And the third is who's going to build it. Bryan Clark is senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and Director of his Commander's Action Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Navy's plan to buy two different versions of the small surface combatant ship from two different companies.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06pm EST
Jenny Mattingley, Director of Government Affairs, Senior Executives Association

The Office of Personnel Management wants to change your agency's performance rating system for senior executives. Its proposal is in the Federal Register, and time's running out to weigh in with your own comments and critiques. Jenny Mattingley is director of government affairs for the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what the new system might look like.

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Monday - 12/15/2014, 07:47am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 15, 2014

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 Postal Service says today is its busiest mailing day of the year, the Senate over the weekend agreed to a $1.1 trillion 2015 spending bill now awaiting President Obama's signature and Congress passes a bill to crack down on overtime pay at Customs and Border Protection.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:26pm EST
Federal News Countdown: 'Healing' growth for contractors, LPTA contracts

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:41pm EST
Janice Haith, Deputy CIO, Department of the Navy

Until now, the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment is mainly focused on serving the Intelligence Community. But DoD is taking baby steps toward deploying the intelligence community's shared services plan to its components. Janice Haith, deputy CIO for the Department of the Navy, told an audience at an AFCEA luncheon, the Navy is already where it wants to be in adopting ICITE.

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Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:21pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board estimates nearly $10 billion will leave the Thrift Savings Plan this year. The Board will consider offering investment advice because they think some of the money is leaving at the advice of outside financial planners. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some of those "free" investment planning seminars might have a hidden agenda.

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Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:18pm EST
Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

About $490 billion go to defense spending in 2015, that's just under the $500 billion cap congressional budget leaders Pat Murray and Paul Ryan set last year. Overseas Contingency Operations get $64 billion in fiscal 2015. Gordon Adams, distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center and a professor of international relations at American University, writes about the deal in Foreign Policy magazine. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that the defense spending deal and the OCO budget is more of a "shell game" that Congress can tap into to buy what it wants.

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Friday - 12/12/2014, 08:38am EST
Friday federal headlines - December 12, 2014

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, tension between the executive and legislative branches took a new twist, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says farewell to his colleagues and Congress approves a bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's lifecycle funds.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:13pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Your agency's funding runs out at midnight, but it's not panic time like it's been so many times in the past. There is a tricky path -- but a doable one -- for Congress to get its business done and get out of town. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call and writer of the Hawkings Here blog, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the last minute maneuvers on the Hill.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:11pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget are collecting more data to put in the new Prices Paid Portal. That portal lists prices without giving information on terms and conditions of the contract, market conditions or commitment requirements. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's little skeptical of the new model.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:10pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are finally getting their heads around how to meet the requirements in the White House's open data policy from May 2013. Several agencies realize they need a combination of policy and action. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the plans of some agencies to meet this 18-month old policy.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:07pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog is down by about 10,000 claims in the past 10 months. The average processing time is at 37 days. OPM says an updated case management system will help it do better, but it's not sure yet what exactly that system will look like. Jessica Klement, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and her association's president, Richard Thissen, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Census. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the concerns she's hearing from NARFE members.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:03pm EST
Frank Reeder, Co-Founder and Director, Center for Internet Security

President Barack Obama's series of reforms to the Senior Executive Service are getting mixed grades. The President wants to set up a customer service awards program and an advisory group with current and aspiring SESers. A Leadership Development Program will let managers rotate through assignments at different agencies. Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security and former official at the Office of Management and Budget, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, he sees a ray of hope.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:59pm EST
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

The U.S. Transportation Command fired its incumbent vehicle shipping contractor, America Auto Logistics. Instead, it gave the award to International Auto Logistics for $38 million less. USTRANSCOM said AAL's past performance isn't worth the higher price tag. But big problems with IAL's services have the agency thinking it may have gotten what it paid for. Bill Welch, partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, is following this protest for the Washington Business Journal. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what contractors can learn from this case.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 08:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - December 11, 2014

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 White House wants to withhold documents on a Justice Department investigation into the CIA's torture program, construction of a giant new Veterans Affairs near Denver has come to a grinding halt and a bill to address cyber attacks at agencies heads to the President's desk.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:49pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management plans a solicitation in 2015 to create the foundation for a fully automated retirement system. This would be the fifth time since 1998 OPM will try to use technology to modernize the federal retirement system. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details of OPM's plans.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The cyber attack that hit Sony Pictures two weeks ago was a sophisticated operation -- so sophisticated, officials say, that it also would have made it past almost all of the cybersecurity systems deployed in federal agencies right now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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