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11:58 pm, August 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.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Newly hired federal employees don't have any sick leave during their first year on the job. Instead they accrue it over time and can start using it their second year. That creates a dilemma for wounded veterans who want to work for a federal agency, but can't miss a doctor's appointment. A newly-introduced piece of legislation aims to eliminate that dilemma. Katie Maddocks, government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why it's a staunch advocate of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

Among advocates of telework within the federal government, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is often seen as the gold standard. But over a period of about four years, one group of PTO employees -- mostly teleworkers -- literally got paid for doing nothing. And it wasn't a secret. Managers within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board even devised a special pay code for time when employees were on the clock but weren't working: "Other Time." Those findings are part of a new report from the Commerce Department Inspector General's office. Todd Zinzer is the Commerce IG; on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he explained how widespread this problem was.

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Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:59pm EDT
Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

Federal News Radio's Causey Awards honor top achievers in federal human resources. It's named after our own Mike Causey in tribute to his career spent reporting on issues that matter to the federal workforce. This year judges have selected four winners. One is Nick Nayak, former chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said human resource management is key to procurement success.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

After four years of talking about it, Congress is closer than ever to passing serious cybersecurity reform legislation. House and Senate lawmakers passed separate bills before adjourning for the August recess. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth guest host Jared Serbu about the Senate bill.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

It's been a while since the problems surrounding HealthCare.gov were front page news. But a new examination of the site's troubled launch by the Government Accountability Office makes very clear that the IT acquisition problems that existed in the program over the past few years are not a thing of the past, and users could run into trouble once again during the next open enrollment period. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he shared some conclusions from their examination of the acquisition challenges at CMS.

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Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Pat Tamburrino, Director of Business Development, LMI

Nearly three-quarters of a million civilian Defense Department employees will enter a new, three-tiered employee appraisal system. The Pentagon included the new system in its six-month Congressional update on personnel systems. The update is a requirement of the 2010 Defense Authorization Act that killed the National Security Personnel System. Pat Tamburrino is director of business development at LMI and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Civilian Personnel Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said comparing the new system to NSPS might take a while.

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Friday - 08/01/2014, 06:42pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Costly IT flop; Innovation and leadership

Bob Otto, president for the Government Services Sector at Agilex and former Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Postal Service, joined Francis Rose to count down the week's top stories.

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Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Lt. Gen. David Barno, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

A steady flow of policy documents details how the branches of the military -- and the Defense Department as a whole -- will prepare for the wars of the future. But the changing nature of warfare may have the United States preparing for the wrong war. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. He was the first Commander of Military Operations-Afghanistan. He writes on War On The Rocks, under the title "The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century," that war is morphing. He explained how on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Vendors that sell to the federal government will have to certify they aren't violating 14 different federal labor laws in order to receive future government contracts. President Barack Obama signs an executive order today creating another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry shouldn't look to the U.S. military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is interested in driving innovation in areas like "soldier power." Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:17pm EDT
David Dye, Director in Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

Communication skills are on the decline among federal agency leaders. The non-profit Partnership for Public Service says only about half of federal employees think their supervisors are good communicators and motivators. David Dye is a Director in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice. Deloitte helped the Partnership crunch the latest numbers. David explained the results on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:14pm EDT
David Hendel, Partner, Husch Blackwell

The Department of Labor files a lawsuit against the Postal Service. Labor says USPS made bogus terrorism charges against an employee to retaliate when he reported unsafe working conditions. David Hendel is a partner and government contracts attorney at Husch Blackwell. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the actions of the Postal Service should serve as a warning for both federal employees and contractors.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The federal government's footprint is getting smaller. Some human resources experts worry a shrinking footprint might shrink employee engagement and satisfaction. Leases on about 100 million square feet of office space federal agencies use expire in the next five years. That means potentially a huge shift in the federal real estate landscape. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Tom Temin explained if he thinks smaller work spaces will affect the quality of work, and the satisfaction of the work force.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:08pm EDT
Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Transportation Security Administration has a $15,000 reward for whoever can think of a way to speed up the passenger screening process at the airport. Federal agencies do contests all the time -- what's shocking is where the news is coming from. Steve Kelman is professor of public management of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He shared what's so surprising about the news on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 02:23pm EDT
Retirement board sees spike in Roth TSP enrollment

Two years after launching the Roth option for the Thrift Savings Plan, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) has seen Roth TSP enrollment rise to 8 percent.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Five of the largest agencies detail their plans to decrease the total square foot per employee by at least 50 percent. Those agencies give Congress a preview of the space cuts that are coming. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about your shrinking office space.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's latest strategy document calls for a service that's more agile in just about everything it does. It also acknowledges it's likely to take a few decades to get there. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related story.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The Thrift Savings Plan Board is checking up on the quality of the information you get when you call and ask the TSP for help. The July board meeting wasn't in Washington like it usually is; the board took a field trip this month. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the field trip was a learning experience.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:05pm EDT
Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department's acquisition shop is in a far different place today than it was when Nick Nayak became the chief procurement officer in 2010. The acquisition team and Nick himself have won a number of recognitions for progress and excellence. Nick's last day at DHS was the first week of July. In this exit interview, Francis Rose asked him what he'd say to the contracting community about the future of acquisition on In Depth.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Gunter Waibel and Adam Metallo, Smithsonian Institution

Less than 1 percent of the artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution are on public display. But 3-D printing could help the agency send millions more artifacts to museums and schools around the world. Gunter Waibel is director of the Digitization Program Office, and Adam Metallo is 3-D Program Officer of the Smithsonian Institution. They're both Service to America medal finalists in the Citizen Services category, and explained their pioneering work on In Depth with Francis Rose. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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