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8:30 am, May 28, 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.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Michele Mackin, Director of Acquisition & Sourcing Management, GAO

Some Rapid Innovation Program projects are still slow-going for the Defense Department. The Pentagon uses the program to get new technology projects off the ground. But the Government Accountability Office says half of the 44 rapid innovation projects DoD completed in July 20-14 are in the hands of acquisition departments or other users. Michele Mackin, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she found.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:12pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Federal employee compensation packages are mostly safe -- for now. A revised budget from the House removes most of the provisions that make federal employees nervous about their retirement savings. Congress now has a chance to make some changes to civilian compensation, and it doesn't have to look far for how to do it. Jeff Neal, senior vice president for ICF International and a former chief human capital officer for the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what Congress should think about.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:07pm EDT
Sydney Heimbrock, Chief Learning Officer, OPM

Federal chief learning officers are gaining a higher profile across the government. A majority of the respondents to an exclusive Federal News Radio survey of federal chief human capital officers and CLOs say agencies highly value these executives. Sydney Heimbrock, chief learning officer at the Office of Personnel Management, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the CLO is more important ever, even though the job has been around for a least a decade.

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Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:00am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 11, 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, new rules from the National Archives and Records Administration seek to bring some order to how agencies handle controlled, unclassified information, Attorney General Loretta Lynch moves forward on plans to investigate the police department in Baltimore and the Postal Service loses $1.5 billion in the first three months of this year.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 05:30pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: An uncertain marriage, Rewiring the Pentagon

Dave McClure, the chief strategist at the Veris Group, and Dan Chenok, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government and chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:06pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Now the hard work really begins for agencies to make their spending data more transparent. The Office of Management and Budget issues new guidance and other tools to begin the implementation of the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act). Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the new policy in his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what agencies have to do over the next two years.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:03pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is worried about an impending shortage of engineers across a lot of its technical professions. But when it comes to its acquisition programs, the shortage is already here. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Pentagon's top science official says too few of the department's program managers have engineering programs, and it's one reason programs fail.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:02pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Federal employees get a "thank you" and an apology from President Barack Obama during Public Service Recognition Week. He admits sequestration, budget cuts and hiring freezes haven't made things easier for federal employees. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about PSRW and the President's proclamation.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 03:56pm EDT
Scott Quehl, Senior Principal, Accenture Federal Services

The Office of Management and Budget's guidance for fiscal 2017 is out. The administration tells agencies to show how they'll make 5 percent cuts in their budgets. Scott Quehl, a senior principal at Accenture Federal Services and former chief financial officer at the Commerce Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the budget guidance means and how agencies use it.

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Friday - 05/08/2015, 08:47am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 8, 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, officials tell the Senate Judiciary Committee, there's a good reason the FOIA backlog across the government grew so much last year, GAO finds Defense has a long way to go when it comes to settling whistleblower reprisal cases and the board running the Thrift Savings Plan gets more questions about cybersecurity.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:47pm EDT
Damon Davis, Director, Health Data Initiative, HHS

HealthData.gov has reached old age in technology terms. Five years after its launch to make health data more accessible, the technology running the portal is well behind the times. Damon Davis, director for the Health Data Initiative in the Department of Health and Human Services, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the changes coming to HealthData.gov later this year.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Achieving energy independence on military bases is a priority across the Defense Department. Fort Knox, Kentucky, is the first base to actually do it. The fort uses new generators, and a supply of naturally-occurring gas deposits underneath the base, to operate all of its facilities while completely disconnected from the outside electric grid. R.J. Dyrdek, energy manager at Fort Knox, tells Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu, the initial motivation for getting off the grid was a terrible ice storm in 2009, which left parts of the base without electricity for up to a week.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration wants to know why prices change between different schedules for the same or similar items. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's competitive pricing initiative could create a flood of industry experts jumping to conclusions.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:19pm EDT
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

More transparency is the goal of two bills the Senate will consider. One deals with the information federal agencies release when they reach settlement agreements. The other one requires details on costs and performance for federal programs. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the concept behind the bill on settlements first.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:17pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

A stack of bills that affects federal employees is under consideration in Congress. One would create new protections for military whistleblowers, and another would expedite the firing process at the Department of Veterans Affairs even more. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed how the bills could affect federal employees in the future.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

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Thursday - 05/07/2015, 08:37am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - May 7, 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 inspector general questions whether the IRS is tough enough on its own employees who don't pay their taxes, the FAA teams up with industry to find solution for safe drone usage and a State Department officials tells Senators that former secretary Clinton's private server was unacceptable.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy marks the five-year anniversary of its Fleet Cyber Command today by rolling out a new cyber strategy to carry it through the next five. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the plan is organized around five big-picture priorities. Each priority has tasks the Navy needs to complete within the next 18 months.

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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:56pm EDT
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del), Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

The Senate has cyber legislation and transition legislation on its agenda in the coming weeks. The House has passed two bills on cyber security that the Senate will take up, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sends the Presidential Transitions Improvements Act of 2015 to the floor of the Senate. Senator Tom Carper, ranking member of that Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there's an economic reason cyber security legislation is important.

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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:15pm EDT
Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

38 members of the think tank community -- from all across the ideological spectrum -- are signatories to an open letter on Defense Department reform. Philip Carter is director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained his input as one of the signers of the letter.

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