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9:30 pm, April 17, 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.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

NASA's administrator told Congress this week that his agency has already taken significant steps to fix major problems with its oversight of foreign nationals who work with the U.S. space program. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes follow an outside report that found serious security lapses.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Vice President for Education, Partnership for Public Service

You already have the tools to hire new millennials at your agency, but the process itself needs some tweaking. Some agencies have special exceptions to make some new hires. Giving every agency the same flexibility could make a big difference. Tim McManus, vice president for education at the Partnership for Public Service, told In Depth with Francis Rose he has a few suggestions from a new report: Building the Enterprise: A New Civil Service Framework.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 06:26pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive Magazine

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is already on track to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says he'll vote to confirm her and we've seen no reports of anyone who will oppose her nomination. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, offers his take on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Lerner held in contempt, DoD triples cybersecurity staff

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute and Jenny Mattingley of Shaw Bransford & Roth counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:28am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In the years that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, federal agencies made it a priority to create an integrated intelligence community. But one of the IC's top leaders says it's time to move to a new model, from "Integrated Intelligence" to "Immersive Intelligence." Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, previewed some of the agency's priorities in a conversation with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Long will offer more details about NGA's plans at the annual GEOINT conference in Tampa next week.

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 11:10am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Pressing questions about federal financial management shared services must be answered in the next few months. The Office of Management and Budget, the Treasury Department and the CFO Council are trying to plug the holes in the shared services process that thwarted the effort a decade ago. In part three of his special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller speaks with Beth Angerman, director of Treasury's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation. She says the administration is ensuring success this time.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:26pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The leader of the Naval Air Systems Command says his service needs to make dramatic changes to the way it acquires planes, helicopters and other aviation systems. Otherwise, he says, the Navy faces a future in which it can't afford the weapons systems it needs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports on the upcoming changes at NAVAIR.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:22pm EDT
Rep. David Price (D-N.C.)

Personnel costs take up a larger share of Customs and Border Protection's budget than ever before. More than 70 percent of the agency's Fiscal 2015 budget request will go to compensation. Some members of Congress are worried those rising costs will crowd out CBP's ability to deliver high-priority IT projects and fulfill its mission. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem CBP has is two-fold.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:06pm EDT
Christopher Pernin, RAND Arroyo Center

The rapid acquisition policy the Army uses in Afghanistan could be moving too quickly. The department can customize how it uses the Defense Acquisition System to make sure war fighters get what they need. But the Army's information technology systems might need a slower approach. Christopher Pernin, director of the Force Development and Technology Program at the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior physical scientist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, tells In Depth with Francis Rose they believe the Army can use acquisition policies it already has to improve its IT systems.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:00pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise may not seem like an element of the golden era of federal employment. But Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey looks at all the things that didn't happen in the past year or so in his column and says this might be as good as it gets for a while.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:48pm EDT
Gen. Ray Odierno, Army Chief of Staff

The Defense Department's overall budget will shrink by a combined $900 billion by fiscal year 2021, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. He tells the Senate Armed Services Committee how the Army will absorb more than $260 billion in cuts during that span. On Pentagon Solutions, Odierno says the Pentagon is creating a Total Army Solution for the looming budget cuts.

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Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:42pm EDT
Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The military's commissary system is in line for cuts in the Fiscal 2015 budget request from the Pentagon. Those cuts, like a lot of other cuts, have some pretty strong opponents. But in the case of the commissaries, the opponents aren't necessarily obvious. On Pentagon Solutions, Todd Harrison, senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, explains why the commissary system is generating some much heat.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:53pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The Defense Department may be losing faith in the prices on the Federal Supply Schedule. DoD says its contracting officers can't assume the prices are fair and reasonable, so they need to make an extra effort to make sure they're the best option available. That mindset should sound familiar because it's already part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, whether this is a duplicative rule or not.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:45pm EDT
Dave Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, GAO

The IRS says six of its 19 information technology programs are running below cost and ahead of schedule. The agency says the others are experiencing cost overruns and schedule delays. But the IRS might not know if that's actually true. Dave Powner, director of Information Technology Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose that GAO is looking at whether or not the IRS is accurately reporting its progress or lack thereof.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:39pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's in the very early stages of creating a "3.0" version of its ongoing Better Buying Power initiative. There's nothing on paper yet, but Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the new version will focus on making sure the U.S. military doesn't fall behind on technological superiority. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:27pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

The Federal-Postal Coalition is launching a campaign to attract new federal employees that are still in elementary school. Janet Kopenhaver, the Washington representative for Federally Employed Women, explains to In Depth with Francis Rose how the Coalition is marketing agency positions that people dream of having starting when they're little kids.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:54pm EDT
Glenn Haggstrom, Chief Acquisition Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

With a budget in place for the rest of the fiscal year and a topline in place that makes most people think 2015 will be a lot like 2014, agencies are getting back to long-term planning and priority setting. One of the areas the Department of Veterans Affairs is setting its priorities for...is acquisition. Glenn Haggstrom, VA's principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction and acting chief acquisition officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, told In Depth with Francis Rose one of his major acquisition priorities for 2014 has actually been around for a while.

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Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 09:43am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget makes a second attempt to move agencies to financial management shared services. The agency faces stubborn obstacles: lack of competition, the uncertainty of whether the federal providers are able to handle the increase in business and how to best ensure agencies are satisfied with its services. But OMB believes the second time around will be different. The administration says budget concerns and technology advancements will help overcome these long-standing challenges. In part one of his special series, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at whether unanswered questions would doom shared services again. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

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Monday - 04/07/2014, 04:15pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Hitting a July 4th deadline for your agency's budget bill is getting tighter because Congress isn't going to be around much between now and then. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the hearing and markup list is long this week.

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