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6:36 am, March 1, 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.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:33pm EST
Rafael Borras, Senior Adviser, AT Kearney

Still no funding resolution for the Homeland Security Department. It's set to run out Friday. It will be the second time in less than two years. Rafael Borras was the acting deputy secretary of DHS during the October 2013 shutdown. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his memory of that time with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:30pm EST
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

More of your colleagues than ever invest for retirement in the Thrift Savings Plan. 88 percent of FERS employees across government save in TSP accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told what the TSP thinks that number means.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:27pm EST
Dean Silverman, Former Senior Adviser to the Commissioner, IRS

"Test and learn" is a data analysis technique that more agencies are using to plow through the mountain of data they have to use. One agency that's already used it with success is the Internal Revenue Service. Dean Silverman is former senior adviser to the commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the Internal Revenue Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he defined "test and learn" and explained how the IRS uses it.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 08:46am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - February 24, 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 Veterans Affairs Secretary apologizes for misstating his military record, a Yahoo technology executive trades barbs with the National Security Agency director and Mitch McConnell tries a new tactic to avoid a lapse in funding for the Homeland Security Department.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:59pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force announced it has lifted the suspension and stopped the debarment process for the reverse auction vendor. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:58pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Friday is deadline day for the Homeland Security Department. Sen. Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) will try/tried for the fourth time today to introduce the House's bill to fund DHS. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what to watch for next in the DHS showdown.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:47pm EST
Vijay D'Souza, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Improper payments associated with the military's TRICARE health system added up to about 0.3 percent of DoD's overall costs. Improper payments associated with Medicare were more than 10 percent of overall costs for the Health and Human Services Department. Vijay D'Souza is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TRICARE's low rate of improper payments might be too good to be true.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:38pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

One major responsibility for the nation's first chief data scientist is helping federal agencies recruit more employees that are tech savvy and data minded. DJ Patil joins the growing ranks of federal chief data officers trying to fill those IT skill positions at your agency. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to focus your agency's approach to recruiting.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:33pm EST
Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

One of the top priorities for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is to transform the Defense Department into a better, and cheaper, version of itself. One proposal is to hand more responsibilities over to the private sector. Dan Goure is vice president of the Lexington Institute and former director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the private sector model is making a huge difference for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:28pm EST
Mark Peterson, Division Chief for Data and Analytics, USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development wants to channel a river of big data into an analysis program that can power future management decisions. The agency has a request for information out to find ways to transform the data into a more useful and visually intuitive form. Mark Peterson is division chief for data and analytics at USAID. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on what kind of data USAID has and what it wants to do with it.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am EST
Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues, GAO

The Small Business Administration has a problem with its Historically Underutilized Business Zones designation. According to a new GAO report, SBA has no way to inform businesses when they might no longer qualify as a HUBZone. Or when the zone they operate in might not longer be considered a HUBZone. For more on the report, and what SBA can do to improve, Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 08:59am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 23, 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 government sends wrong tax information to 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers, key federal cybersecurity initiatives would be an early casualty of a Homeland Security Department funding lapse and a female soldier makes launcher chief history.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:58pm EST
Federal News Countdown: Obama budget, 'Wild West' Internet

Jim Carafano, director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation, and Ron Sanders, vice president and fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, count down the week's top federal headlines with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:20pm EST
Kevin Collins, Spokesman, Office of Inspector General, EPA

Potential fraud at the Environmental Protection Agency is attracting congressional attention. Members asked EPA's Office of Inspector General to investigate a specific case involving a senior policy Adviser at the agency named John Beale. Kevin Collins is spokesman for EPA OIG and contributed to its report. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the details of the case and why Congress is paying attention.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:16pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon has been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work -- at least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy that's on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract. The Pentagon publishes a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a $30 billion cut. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:15pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

You have two basic retirement-planning options with the Thrift Savings Plan. You can leave your money in, or take it out. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said there are pros and cons for both, but you need to think carefully before you decide what to do.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:10pm EST
From scandal's aftermath to 18F, Tangherlini reflects on tenure at GSA

When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 10:42am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have one thing in common. They're both preparing several new opportunities for contractors. By March, contractors can expect a series of draft and final requests for proposals for some of the largest IT service contracts in the government. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the next wave of big RFPs.

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Friday - 02/20/2015, 08:25am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 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 former Army captain is sentenced to five years in prison for wire and mail fraud, a new research center will help local governments increase their resilience to natural disasters and the operation to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May.

Thursday - 02/19/2015, 04:51pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The horror story of the $600 toilet seat is many years behind us. But the 21st Century equivalent may be the $29 stapler that Richard Ginman used as an example for why the Defense Department would audit General Services Administration schedules. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that story of the stapler got him motivated to do some research, and see if he could find that stapler.

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