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2:54 am, April 25, 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.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Andrew Katsaros, Principle Assistant IG for Audit, Commerce Department

The Patent and Trademark Office needs to tighten its performance measures for patent examiners. The Office of Inspector General at the Commerce Department finds three main avenues PTO has to do it. Andrew Katsaros, principle assistant inspector general for audit in the Commerce Department OIG, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the three avenues and the two objectives his team took on.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Hawkings: Plenty of good signs in Congress budget discussions

House appropriations committees are trying to balance the 2016 budget by taking a little bit of money from some agencies and giving it to others. The IRS and the Education Department are two agencies that could see some of their funding transferred to places like the departments of Justice and Transportation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked the money as the House appropriators do some budget math.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:28pm EDT
GAO: FITARA next big step in realizing PortfolioStat success

Federal agencies aren't saving as much money as they expected from the 2013 PortfolioStat initiative. The Government Accountability Office says they wound up saving about $2 billion during the past two years, which is about 70 percent less than the $6 billion they anticipated. Dave Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are actually saving more money than they think.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:26pm EDT
McManus: Public Service Recognition Week 'tips hat' to feds

Federal employees have a week-long opportunity coming up to showcase all the good work their agency does for the country. Public Service Recognition Week starts on May 3, and that's less than two weeks away. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared advice on how to highlight the special impact your agency has on the lives of the American public.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs lawmakers want more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA Inspector General report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest concerns from members of Congress on VA's cybersecurity.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT
Sen. Johnson: 10 agencies need permanent IGs now

President Barack Obama and the leaders of 10 federal agencies should identify candidates to become Inspectors General at those agencies. That's according to a letter all 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent to the White House and those leaders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he and his colleagues wrote the letter to the President in the first place.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 08:30am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 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, House and Senate members start debate on the non-binding 2016 budget resolution this week, amid turmoil at the top, the Broadcasting Board of Governors offers employee buyouts and the Army will shut down some of its specialized care units for wounded warriors.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Col. Andrew Mutter, Defense Media Activity, Gene Brink, DoD News

For the past decade, the Defense Department has operated its own 24/7 cable news channel. But as of today, what was once known as the Pentagon Channel has gone dark. Cost was one factor. But officials say they also decided they could do a better job of reaching their audience if they focused their resources on an all-online, on-demand and streaming video format. Col. Andrew Mutter is the deputy director of the Defense Media Activity, and Gene Brink is the director of DoD News, the new name for the cross-platform media operation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained to guest host Jared Serbu why the Pentagon Channel was launched in the first place, and why they decided to ditch the broadcast format.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Jon Raedeke, Designer, Government Publishing Office

The new web site for the Commerce Department looks different than the old one, especially on mobile devices. But the new design gives Commerce lots of upgrades under the hood too. Jon Raedeke is a designer at the Government Publishing Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Commerce didn't expect what they got when they first talked to GPO.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Mike Kruger, Director of Digital Engagement, Commerce Department

The General Services Administration's 18F and the U.S. Digital Service based at the Office of Management and Budget, are two of the first examples of the digital services teams agencies have to deploy by administration order. But digital services won't work the same, or do the same thing, at every agency. Mike Kruger is director of digital engagement at the Commerce Department. On with Francis Rose, he explained a couple things digital services are not.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 08:54am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 17, 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, talking about low morale at DHS is only making it worse, a new Congressional tip mailbox gives federal employees a place to sound off about their agencies and the Senate confirms a new undersecretary of management for the Homeland Security Department.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 05:02pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is asking for comments on its Request for Proposal for the NS 2020 contract. The Coalition for Government Procurement was an early commenter. Roger Waldron is President of CGP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the comments CGP made and why they made them.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:58pm EDT
Rob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

The state of American diplomacy is in trouble, according to the American Academy of Diplomacy. The Academy says senior positions in the Foreign and Civil Services are moving away from career federal employees and towards political appointees instead. Rob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the shift and offered ideas for the future of the Foreign and Civil Services.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:42pm EDT
Steve Koprince, Co-Founder, Koprince Law

Two rulings from the Government Accountability Office sustain two protests by the same vendor against two different agencies. The common thread though is reverse auction provider FedBid. Steve Koprince is founder of Koprince Law. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the facts of the cases are a little unusual.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Jean Stack, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

This year's long-range strike bomber contract could reshape the defense industrial base, depending who wins the contract. But the mergers and acquisitions landscape may not shift only at the top level. Jean Stack is managing director at Houlihan Lokey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she described the M&A landscapre for the federal business space.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:14am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 16, 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 IRS has a very bad tax day on Capitol Hill, a congressional panel calls for the resignation of Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart and Homeland Security is asking for a big boost in cybersecurity spending next year.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for more than a $1 billion more than its original budget for a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The House Veterans Affairs Committee looked at the problems with the hospital, and other construction project problems at the VA, at a hearing today with officials from VA. Sen. Johnny Isakson (D-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he's about to start following the VA's construction problems very closely.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The Senate votes 54-43 today to start budget negotiations with the House of Representatives to work out a compromise on a budget resolution. But the Appropriations committees and the committees of jurisdiction over the agencies still have a lot of work to do. A lot of that work will revolve around the defense budget. Bob Hale is former Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, and now a Fellow at Booz Allen. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a caution about jumping to conclusions about the budget.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:20am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 15, 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, NIH awards dozens of vendors spots on its latest governmentwide technology acquisition vehicle, GAO lays out its annual duplication and waste list and the remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor will be identified More then seven decades later, remains of sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor more than seven decades later.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Izella Dornell, Deputy CIO, Commerce Department

Small businesses are revolutionizing the federal IT industry in a unique way. That's according to Izella Dornell, deputy chief information officer of the Commerce Department, and co-chair of the ACT-IAC Small Business Conference. She says small businesses are finding new ways to streamline IT systems and increase public access to agencies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared ways to increase agency interaction with small businesses to harness their unique value.

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