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6:17 am, November 28, 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.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:27pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says it closed down the paths foreign actors used to steal data from its systems. But that doesn't offset a series of disturbing reports by government auditors on the poor state of VA's cybersecurity. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest details on VA's cybersecurity problems.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy's top officer says the rapid pace of technological change means his service can't afford to buy ships in acquisition programs that one single vendor builds and integrates any more. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service sees an agile acquisition process that builds modular, adaptable systems in its future.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:22pm EST
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

The Veterans Affairs Department fails its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row. The State Department shuts down its unclassified email system, and the National Weather Service and the Postal Service report cyber attacks. It's all happening as agencies are deploying their continuous diagnostics and mitigation plans while they maintain their FISMA compliance environments. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, and former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the latest chain of events may mean for the future of cybersecurity policies.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:15pm EST
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Some new choices may be coming to your Thrift Savings Plan account, but you won't see those choices for a while. First, the TSP board wants to know the best way to offer those choices. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what may become part of your TSP account.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:10pm EST
Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

The Senate armed services committee and its subcommittees will have more than a dozen new members when the 114th Congress starts in January. And the House and Senate armed services committees will both have new chairs, since both Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are retiring. That count comes from the Military Officers Association of America. On In Depth with Francis Rose, MOAA president and CEO, retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said the new political landscape means his group has a lot of work ahead to educate the new Congress on how to legislate on behalf of the military community.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 01:38pm EST
Executive Suite: Dan Levinson and Brian Miller

Top challenges for the Department of Health and Human Services are out from the HHS Office of Inspector General. Ten management and performance challenges are on the list, along with recommendations from the IG's office. Dan Levinson is the HHS Inspector General -- he joined Brian Miller of Navigant and former IG at the General Services Administration -- on In Depth with Francis Rose to break down the list.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 07:59am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 18, 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, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is giving the military credit for helping to contain Ebola, Healthcare.gov hits its first snag this open enrollment season and Mutual funds might soon be an option for employees enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:44pm EST
Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, Director for Exercises and Training, Cyber Command

U.S. Cyber Command is reviewing the results of its biggest exercise of the year. CYBERFLAG is designed to test out the military forces' ability to keep fighting when an adversary is attacking their networks, and to link up cyber forces with the more traditional air, sea, land and space domains. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is Cyber Command's director for exercises and training. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the exercise -- and the three types of teams involved in it -- with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:26pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department is preparing its holiday catalog. It is loaded with shared services though, instead of lovely gift ideas. Treasury is opening the door for industry to participate in the governmentwide effort. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Treasury's plans. He joins

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:24pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

No more shutdowns is a promise both Speaker John Boehner (R-Nev.) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have made. So why are people whispering about another shutdown on Capitol Hill? David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call -- on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the chances for another repeat.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:17pm EST
David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

The three biggest landlords in the federal government don't know how much federal agencies are actually using their own property. The Government Accountability Office reports one thinks almost all of its warehouses are in use, when in reality some of them are sitting empty and forgotten. David Wise is Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the latest results in the ongoing effort to rightsize the federal real property portfolio.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:15pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

About half of federal agencies have a central office dedicated to performance management, according to the Government Accountability Office. But only about half of those agencies actually get consistent funding to keep their performance offices running. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some ideas for how to improve the federal performance management system.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 08:19am EST
Monday federal headlines - November 17, 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, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announces his retirement, the State Department shuts off its unclassified e-mail after a cyber attack and the Pentagon looks for fresh ideas on how to keep military superiority.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:36pm EST
Federal News Countdown: Underwhelming reform, Lame-duck Congress

Bob Woods, founder and president of Topside Consulting, counts down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:26pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A two-pronged approach to building the workforce of the 21st century is coming from the Office of Personnel Management. Director Katherine Archuleta says the strategy includes some technology, some new approaches to old problems and some old-fashioned glad handing. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the two employee groups that form the two prongs of the OPM strategy.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs just found out that independent auditors have given their IT security program a failing grade for the 16th year in a row. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on the security shortcomings and what VA says it's doing to fix them.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:17pm EST
Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst, Forrester

The President's Management Agenda includes a big customer service component. Deputy Director for Management at OMB, Beth Cobert, details how she expects your agency to improve its customer service experience. Rick Parrish, senior analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals at Forrester, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect in the year ahead.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 07:00am EST
Friday federal headlines - November 14, 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, another head rolls at the Veterans Affairs Department, the Justice Department comes under fire for a cell phone data collection program, and the Pentagon warns the fight against ISIS may need more American troops.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:29pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration's effort to benchmark costs and best practices of agency back-office functions is overcoming its initial skeptics. The Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration say this is the first step toward long-term and meaningful efficiency and effectiveness improvements. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how some agencies are doing an about face when it comes to understanding the value of this benchmarking initiative.

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