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10:27 pm, 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, 04:28pm EDT
Mia Beers, Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division, USAID

The number of Ebola cases reaches its peak in Liberia in September, with 300 new cases a week. By December, they were down to 30 a week. Mia Beers is a leader of the U.S. Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team and director of the Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division at USAID. She led 40 people from the agency, and she coordinated the work of four other federal agencies to train health care workers, set up laboratories and do "contact tracing" to find people who came into contact with the disease. Beers is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her strategy in West Africa.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:18pm EDT
Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

Most agencies are doing a better job of managing their government records. Twenty-four agencies have seven requirements to improve record management. It's part of a directive the National Archives and Records Administration and Office of Management and Budget issued back in 2012. But the Government Accountability Office says five agencies have more work to do. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Valerie Melvin, director of information management and technology resources issues at the GAO, says some agencies didn't think the requirements were mandatory.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:15pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The Veterans Affairs Department acquisition official Jan Frye alleges millions of dollars of improper spending at VA through the use of purchase cards and other problems. The response from Secretary Robert McDonald is that Mr. Frye now knows what work remains for him to fix. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose, about the purchase cards and whether they're actually a problem.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

The average rate of return for companies in the defense market is lower than any other development or manufacturing space. And there are few other incentives for companies to join the market. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Dan Goure, vice president of the Lexington Institute, says vendors don't want to get involved in a defense market that's more complicated and complex than ever.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

The Internal Revenue Service pulls the plug on a contract with TaxSlayer, after the IRS realizes the proposal is non-compliant. The agency reopens the competition, and TaxSlayer's competitor wins this time. But the IRS is concerned about the transition and cancels the procurement. Bill Welch, a partner with McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, what lessons contractors can learn from this particular case.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:07pm EDT
Kevin Plexico, Vice President for Research, Deltek

Contract spending trends steadily downward over the past three years, thanks to years of budget cuts and sequestration. Kevin Plexico, vice president of research at Deltek, is looking at whether that trend will continue. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what challenges the budget might create next fiscal year.

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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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