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11:46 pm, December 22, 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 - 12/12/2014, 08:38am EST
Friday federal headlines - December 12, 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, tension between the executive and legislative branches took a new twist, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says farewell to his colleagues and Congress approves a bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's lifecycle funds.

Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:13pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Your agency's funding runs out at midnight, but it's not panic time like it's been so many times in the past. There is a tricky path -- but a doable one -- for Congress to get its business done and get out of town. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call and writer of the Hawkings Here blog, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the last minute maneuvers on the Hill.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:11pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget are collecting more data to put in the new Prices Paid Portal. That portal lists prices without giving information on terms and conditions of the contract, market conditions or commitment requirements. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's little skeptical of the new model.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:10pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are finally getting their heads around how to meet the requirements in the White House's open data policy from May 2013. Several agencies realize they need a combination of policy and action. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the plans of some agencies to meet this 18-month old policy.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:07pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog is down by about 10,000 claims in the past 10 months. The average processing time is at 37 days. OPM says an updated case management system will help it do better, but it's not sure yet what exactly that system will look like. Jessica Klement, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and her association's president, Richard Thissen, testified Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Census. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the concerns she's hearing from NARFE members.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 04:03pm EST
Frank Reeder, Co-Founder and Director, Center for Internet Security

President Barack Obama's series of reforms to the Senior Executive Service are getting mixed grades. The President wants to set up a customer service awards program and an advisory group with current and aspiring SESers. A Leadership Development Program will let managers rotate through assignments at different agencies. Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security and former official at the Office of Management and Budget, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, he sees a ray of hope.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 03:59pm EST
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

The U.S. Transportation Command fired its incumbent vehicle shipping contractor, America Auto Logistics. Instead, it gave the award to International Auto Logistics for $38 million less. USTRANSCOM said AAL's past performance isn't worth the higher price tag. But big problems with IAL's services have the agency thinking it may have gotten what it paid for. Bill Welch, partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, is following this protest for the Washington Business Journal. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what contractors can learn from this case.

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Thursday - 12/11/2014, 08:41am EST
Thursday federal headlines - December 11, 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 wants to withhold documents on a Justice Department investigation into the CIA's torture program, construction of a giant new Veterans Affairs near Denver has come to a grinding halt and a bill to address cyber attacks at agencies heads to the President's desk.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:49pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management plans a solicitation in 2015 to create the foundation for a fully automated retirement system. This would be the fifth time since 1998 OPM will try to use technology to modernize the federal retirement system. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details of OPM's plans.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The cyber attack that hit Sony Pictures two weeks ago was a sophisticated operation -- so sophisticated, officials say, that it also would have made it past almost all of the cybersecurity systems deployed in federal agencies right now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:34pm EST
Dan Chenok and Rick Holgate, Co-Chairs, ACT-IAC

The Office of Personnel Management is trying for the fifth time to modernize its technology for processing retirement claims. OPM will choose a foundation for a fully automated system next year. Rick Holgate is Chief Information Officer of the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Dan Chenok is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. They're both co-chairs for ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies like OPM, and others, are planning their IT futures.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:26pm EST
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

President Bacack Obama's "thank you" speech to his agencies' senior leaders is causing mixed reactions among the federal community. Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro appreciates the effort, but also wonders why it took six years. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own thoughts on the President's speech yesterday.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:17pm EST
Patrick Costello, Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations

The Pentagon's new Defense Innovation Initiative is called the third offset strategy. But it's not the only offset the defense industrial base should pay attention to. Patrick Costello is deputy director of Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what these offsets are.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:12pm EST
Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act give the Defense Department certainty for the rest of Fiscal 2015. After that: Nobody knows for sure. Sequestration is back on the table, at least for now. Robert Hale is former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller -- he's now a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the impacts the sequester had on the department.

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Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 08:46am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - December 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, House and Senate negotiators agree to a $1.1 trillion, 2015 spending bill, Secretary of State John Kerry asks Congress for new war powers in the fight against the Islamic State and Customs and Border Protection is in the midst of a drive to recruit women to become agents.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:58pm EST
Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

For the first time, the Homeland Security Department is showcasing its cybersecurity research and development for a much wider audience. The Science and Technology Directorate's goal is to move these cyber projects out of the lab and into the commercial marketplace. Doug Maughan, director of the cybersecurity division within DHS' Science and Technology directorate, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what DHS wants to accomplish with next week's cyber R&D showcase in Washington.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:56pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House launched three major reforms to the Senior Executive Service on Tuesday. But the message President Barack Obama delivered to about 3,000 SESers may actually have more long-term meaning than a host of new initiatives. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller attended the President's speech and tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details and reaction.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:55pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the Pentagon's suppliers, DoD's decisions about whether to classify their products as "commercial" can have a big impact on how an acquisition goes forward. Right now, those decisions don't always have a lot of rhyme or reason. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD is taking steps to make those determinations a bit more consistent.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:46pm EST
Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

The White House has a reform plan for the senior executive service. In a meeting with almost 3,000 members of the SES today, President Barack Obama said new programs like a White House Leadership Development Program will help replace outgoing talent lost due to retirement. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the reform options will mean for the federal work force.

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Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:40pm EST
Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

The first problem with IT procurement reform is that nobody has a clear idea of what it should look like. But a movement called Acquisition of the Future is trying to frame that vision of the future. That's according to Kymm McCabe -- she's CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a quote from Alice in Wonderland she thinks perfectly sums up the challenges facing IT procurement reform.

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