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4:47 am, October 21, 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 - 10/10/2014, 10:24am EDT
Friday federal headlines - October 10, 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, Ebola aid money gets stalled in Congress, VA breaks records in processing disability and pension claims and the Pentagon wants to station American aircraft at a Turkish air base near the Syrian border.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 05:01pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is taking the next step in connecting soldiers on the battlefield: letting squads and platoons run their own complex modeling and simulation programs, even when electric power is pretty scarce and an enemy is jamming satellite communications. The Army has already invested billions of dollars in systems that try to connect small groups of soldiers to the network when they're in austere environments. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The White House celebrates 50 federal innovators for their contributions to STEM fields. At an event with the Office of Personnel Management, they showed off five prototype programs that may one day help your agency recruit and retain new STEM talent. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He attended the event and shared details on how the White House plans to bring more STEM talent to your agency with Francis Rose on In Depth.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:50pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress. Just not a lot of hope. Now, the administration's goal is to get smaller bills passed through Congress that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the White House's new approach.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:48pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Open season for federal health insurance plans starts on Nov. 10. The hardest part of the process might be summoning the motivation to participate. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the biggest problem facing federal employees is persuading them that they might save a lot of money on health insurance this year. He spoke with Sean McCalley on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Data will play a key role in the future of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The new OFPP administrator, Anne Rung, is about one month into her new job as leader of the agency. She says a data-centric approach will help OFPP better meet its mission of buying smarter, buying less and improving the acquisition workforce. Rob Burton is a federal procurement attorney and former deputy OFPP administrator. He joined Francis Rose on In Depth to look ahead to Rung's goals for the next two years.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:20pm EDT
Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

The next steps in defense acquisition reform may come from the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asks experts from all parts of the defense acquisition community to tell them where the committee should go next to streamline defense acquisition. Beth McGrath of Deloitte is former Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department and one of the contributors to the committee's efforts. She worked to institute what she called a cost culture. She didn't use that phrase in her comments to the committee, but Francis Rose asked her if that concept was written between the lines on In Depth.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 08:05am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - October 9, 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 Obama administration unveils a new version of HealthCare.gov, the federal budget deficit shrinks to $486 billion and two congressmen say they want to look into moving the Secret Service out of the Homeland Security Department.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 05:12pm EDT
Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The Homeland Security Department has new orders from the Office of Management and Budget to scan certain agency networks. That's on top of a set of cyber initiatives DHS is working on, which is already pretty long. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how DHS will accomplish all of these cyber goals to make federal networks safer.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Beth Asch, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

A pay freeze can force almost 10 percent of your agency's workforce out the door. The RAND Corporation says a permanent three year pay freeze led to a 7 percent decline in the ranks of the General Schedule. Beth Asch is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She joined Francis Rose on In Depth to discuss the impact of pay freezes on federal employee retention.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The first data from the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is out. The data tracks responses from millennials, and there are some surprising similarities and differences from the rest of your agency's workforce. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp reviewed the data. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the data seems to show millennials aren't as different from the rest of your employees as you might think.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

The next steps in defense acquisition reform may come from the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is asking experts from all part of the defense acquisition community to tell them where the committee should go next to streamline defense acquisition. Dan Gordon is contributing to that effort. He is a Senior Adviser to the Government Procurement Law Program at George Washington University Law School and former Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy. He spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth about the committee's goals.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 08:49am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - October 8, 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 gives DHS the authority to scan the networks of other civilian agencies, and DoD raises the ceiling on the number of troops that could be deployed to fight Ebola.

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Your health care premiums are going up once again by 3.8 percent on average. That's less of an increase than what you saw in 2014, and well below industry average. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the changes to your 2015 health care coverage.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:30pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD and DHS acquisition officials say they're making a concerted effort to address a criticism that's been at the center of decades' worth of GAO reports and blue ribbon panels: The government puts off the testing of its new systems until after it's already agreed to buy them. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Your agency's go-to expert on acquistion policy isn't where he or she should be. That's according to Larry Allen -- he's President of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said an over reliance on contractors causes agencies to forget important rules for acquisition.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Rebecca Gambler, Homeland Security & Justice Issues Director, GAO

The drone fleet at Customs and Border Protection isn't big, but the law states that very strict oversight from the Homeland Security Department and CBP is important. Rebecca Gambler is director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said Congress mandated a look at CBP's drone program.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

The results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey should be coming soon, and experts expect the trends we've seen over the last few years to continue this year. One of those trends is falling morale among younger, newer federal employees. Virginia Hill is national president of Young Government Leaders. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered ways agencies can try to keep up morale among their youngest employees.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Martha Johnson, Former Administrator, GSA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed the removal of Susan Taylor for her role in fraud allegations from VA's Inspector General. She's the deputy chief procurement officer at the Veterans Health Administration and part of the procurement scandal involving the company FedBid. She's the second high-profile official to leave government under a cloud in the last week: Julia Pierson resigned as Director of the Secret Service after a scandal there about securing the safety of President Obama. Martha Johnson is the former administrator of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared advice for current and former employees who have to deal with the fallout of a leadership shakeup at the top of their agencies.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:59am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - October 7, 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 VA uses its new legal authority to remove members of the senior executive service, DoD spending on fighting ISIS exceeds $1 billion and the Obama administration tightens screening protocols for airline passengers in light of Ebola fears.

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