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6:53 am, August 31, 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.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Ryan Dickover, Director of eBusiness Policy and Oversight, Navy

When the Navy needs to reform a program it sometimes turns to a special test called an Analysis of Alternatives. Right now the Navy's analysts are hard at work on acquisition reform. Ryan Dickover is director of eBusiness Policy and Oversight in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. He explained the AoA process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega-schedule. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how GSA is rethinking professional services contracting. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is taking a strategic sourcing approach to the way it spends money on conferences. The service awards 17 blanket purchase agreements for conference planning, and in the near future, those BPAs might become the only authorized way to spend money on official meetings for the Navy and Marine Corps. Jamey Halke, Navy Department strategic sourcing program manager, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu. He explains the Navy's response to governmentwide pressure to reduce spending on conferences. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:19pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

One of a federal agency's acquistion strategies might disappear. A rewrite of the Federal Acquisition Regulation sets new requirements for blanket purchase agreements. The goal is to promote competition for new contracts. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rewrite will have some unintended consequences for federal agencies.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

When Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, it will have to figure out how to fund the government to start off fiscal year 2015. Most people think it will be a continuing resolution. But they may wind up needing more than the 12 days they have scheduled now. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said getting a budget in place will take up a lot of Congress's time -- and may stretch that time to the limit.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Dr. Tom Murphy, Program Manager, Wounded Warrior Intern Program

The Navy puts its wounded sailors back to work before they're even discharged from the hospital. The Wounded Warrior Intern Program takes wounded sailors interested in science and engineering careers and puts them to work at Naval Sea Systems Command. Dr. Tom Murphy is the program manager. He explained how the program works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

The 10-year anniversary of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is next week. Agencies have spent the last 10 years pursuing ways to verify the identities of their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services is one of them, and the Inspector General's office at HHS has new research on how the agency is doing. Tom Salmon is assistant inspector general in the Office of Audit Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this work may be new -- but the HHS IG has been reporting on HSPD-12 for a long time.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:39am EDT
Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Huge holes in past performance history make decision making at agencies more difficult. For example, the General Services Administration is missing 87 percent of its contractor performance history. But GSA does have about four times more information on its contractors than it did a year ago. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies are adapting to a mandate to improve their records on contract performance.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Aneesh Chopra, Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

The debut of the US Digital Service in the Office of Management and Budget is supposed to push innovation and best practices across Federal agencies. But the announcement about the Digital Service makes some contractors nervous, similar to the rollout of 18F at the General Services Administration. Aneesh Chopra is co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, and former federal chief technology officer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said vendors selling in the government market shouldn't worry about their bottom lines.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Shrinking force size and changing force structure are two reasons the Defense Department continues to push for another round of base realignment and closure. The Army will likely shrink the most of any of the services, and they are already returning 21 locations to their home countries in Europe. But most members of Congress still oppose another BRAC round in the States. Katherine Hammack is Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Pentagon is making some progress.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:12pm EDT
Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Border Patrol agents might start choosing their own work hours. A bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would also create different rules on overtime pay for agents at Customs and Border Protection. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said if CBP can keep its personnel costs low enough, it can also keep the border fully staffed at all times.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Performance metrics and HealthCare.com fixer

Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton and former Associate Director for Administration and Government Performance at the Office of Management and Budget, and Ira Hobbs, principal officer of Hobbs & Hobbs and former Chief Information Officer at the Department of Treasury count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. The Navy announced last November Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. It's part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A Navy contracting official pleads guilty this week to accepting $25 thousand in bribes to steer business towards one company. President Obama says people like that are a rarity in the federal government, but that assumption may be doing your agency more harm than good. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief of Goverment Executive magazine. He explained some leadership challenges at the top of the executive branch on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Matt Keiser, Attorney, Arnold & Porter

If you worked during the government shutdown last year, you might qualify for a spot in a lawsuit against the federal government. More than a million people worked without pay last October. Matt Keiser is an attorney for Arnold & Porter's Labor and Employment Practice. He explained both sides of the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 03:49pm EDT
Van Hollen: Feds need to watch budget, pension talk come September

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sat down with In Depth's Francis Rose to preview what Congress will be focusing on when they get back to work in September, namely the continuing resolution.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies continue to struggle to find a good model to ensure their employees have access to only to the information they are supposed to. But at least one agency is close to answering this long-standing challenge. The Air Force is launching a pilot to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies are dealing with a new set of computer network challenges.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's uniformed cyber workforce right now is made up of a "potpourri" of occupational specialties. Some of it's drawn from officers and enlisted soldiers who are officially designated as members of the "intelligence" branches. The Army cultivates others through its "signals" branch. The Army hasn't reached a final decision yet, but Army Secretary John McHugh is considering the creation of a new career field that would be completely dedicated to cyber. Col. Carmine Cicalese is the branch chief for cyber and information operations at Army headquarters. He talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the potential benefits of a cyber career field.

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