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1:25 pm, March 29, 2015

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.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal contractors have a new way to tell agency contracting shops how they really feel about the acquisition process. It's called Acquisition 360. It gives both contractors and program managers a chance to rate how individual agencies go about buying things. Anne Rung is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Leslie Field is the deputy administrator. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about how Acquisition 360 works, and how they hope it will help improve the federal procurement process.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 08:36am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 19, 2015

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 Senate Budget Committee proposes shrinking the federal workforce through attrition, federal employees who break the law won't be eligible for bonuses under a new bill and a Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, Colorado is expected to cost more than five times the original estimate.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 05:11pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A more nuanced strategy is what the Defense Department is applying to its data center consolidation initiative. When the Pentagon first started four years ago, the approach was relatively straightforward: first count the data centers, then close as many as possible. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD says that more nuanced strategy focuses more on cost than sheer numbers.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 05:05pm EDT
Ron Flom, Former Associate Director for Management, OPM

Contracting officers' representatives are disappearing because of age and sequestration. That's according to Ron Flom, former director of the Defense Acquisition Institute, and former associate director for management at the Office of Personnel Management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies need to bring in more CORs because they can be your agency's best friend during tight budget times.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
Kevin Desouza, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University

The number of cyber attacks against the federal government is up almost 800 percent since 2006. And the Government Accountability Office said that trend is accelerating. Kevin Desouza is associate dean for research at the College of Public Programs, and professor for the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

The Senate Budget Committee's markup of its FY 2016 budget resolution is under way on Capitol Hill. Committee Chairman Mike Enzi's (R-Wyo.) plan is a lot different than the one the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), rolled out yesterday. Gordon Adams is a professor at American University and former OMB official responsible for national security budgets. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the House's plan to boost the Overseas Contingency Operations budget to reach the level of spending the Obama administration wants for the Pentagon is a gimmick.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Doug Wiltsie, PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Army

Two priorities shape the way the United States Army will drive its business: Warfighting and enterprise information environment mission areas. Those priorities are more important in an Army where human power, and budget, is getting smaller. Doug Wiltsie is program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems for the Army. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Doug laid out three priorities for 2015 and he says the first one is uninterrupted capability delivery.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 18, 2015

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,

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:59pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Force

The Air Force owns a huge stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers that are quickly aging in place. It owns two out of three legs of the US nuclear triad; the Navy owns the third. Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration for the Air Force, tells Federal News Radio's Jason Fornicola how the service is modernizing its two legs of the US nuclear triad.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:48pm EDT
Ira Hobbs, Principal, Hobbs & Hobbs

Republican budget leaders in the House of Representatives introduced their fiscal 2016 budget plan today. President Barack Obama and House Democrats call it a non-starter, but the budget process is moving. After a fiscal 2015 budget that included appropriated bills across government, some agencies are starting to update or replace legacy systems. Ira Hobbs is principal of Hobbs and Hobbs, and former deputy assistant secretary for information technology at the Treasury Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to get your transformation effort off to the right start.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Gary Schmitt, Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies, AEI

The House of Representatives released its fiscal 2016 budget proposal. It would parse back the strict spending limits on the Defense Department while keeping in place a range of cuts for domestic programs. Gary Schmitt is co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the House Budget Committee's plan.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:26pm EDT
David Olive, Principal, Catalyst Partners

A bipartisan group of senators is finished waiting for the White House to nominate someone to lead the Transportation Security Administration. Five senators ask President Barack Obama in a letter to appoint someone as administrator of TSA. David Olive is principal at Catalyst Partners, and moderator of The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the solutions to openings at the Homeland Security Department should be easy to find.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 08:02am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 17, 2015

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, former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus continues to advise the White House on its strategy related to ISIS and Iraq, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman says the VA is withholding reports from the panel and federal improper payment shot up to a record $125 billion last year.

Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:27pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services governmentwide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration sign a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose with details on the new Army-GSA agreement.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:14pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 2016 budget is the star of a new video from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He'll release the details of the budget the committee will start to mark up tomorrow morning. The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), says his committee will start to mark up a budget soon too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what might happen next in the budget's evolution.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:11pm EDT
Carol Cha, Director of IT Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The Census Bureau wants to try something brand new for the 2020 Census. It wants to offer people the option of responding through the Internet. Carol Cha is Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she gauged how far along the Census Bureau is towards introducing an Internet option.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:03pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Rep. Chris van Hollen (D-Md.) wants to know how many contractors work for the federal government. But the Congressional Budget Office says it's impossible to count right now. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President for ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said knowing the amount of federal contractors won't make a big difference if efficiency is the goal.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:46pm EDT
Bryan McGrath, Managing Director, FerryBridge

The new maritime strategy for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard relies on four key tenets that shape how the services will face future challenges. Bryan McGrath, a former naval officer, is managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and assistant director of the Hudson Center for American Seapower. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those four ideas will not only cause debate among strategy purists in the defense community, but they also cement the legacy of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathon Greeenert.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:38pm EDT
Karen Britton, Senior Vice President, E-Management

A new item is showing up on the job description of your agency's Chief Information Officer as CIOs look for more involvement in the strategy and business operation of the agency. Karen Britton is senior vice president of E-Management, and former chief information officer of the Executive Office of the President. She explained what kind of ambassadors CIOs are trying to be on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Jim Grove, Prize & Small Business Office, S&T Directorate, DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate announced its latest prize competition. It wants competitors to offer solutions for indoor tracking of first responders. Jim Grove is senior adviser in the Prize and Small Business Innovation Office at the Science and Technology Directorate at the Homeland Security Department. He explained how the challenge will work and what the agency is looking for on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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