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8:04 am, November 26, 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.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:46am EST
Thursday federal headlines - November 13, 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, an investigation by the Energy Department's Inspector General finds that Sandia National Labs illegally extended a contract, President Obama nominates several people to important posts, and a request for Ebola funding finds bipartisan support.

Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:25pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration is reviewing more than 200 comments on a proposed change to part of the size standard for companies that are IT value added resellers. SBA wants to remove an exception to how these IT VARs are classified as small contractors. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told In Depth with Francis Rose why some small companies are concerned about the proposal.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:23pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon officials say the military services have made some progress in restoring readiness since the initial onset of sequestration caused a "readiness crisis." But they say gains made will go out the window if the budget is cut once again next year. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:17pm EST
Bobbie Kilberg, President, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs is reviewing the recommendations of a working group of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. That working group looked at scheduling at two VA medical centers in Virginia. Bobbie Kilberg is president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained who did what for VA, and why.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:09pm EST
Ruth Cox and Walter Tersch, GSA

Green investments to federal buildings are showing double-digit energy savings, according to the General Services Administration. They're looking at the effects of some energy upgrades. Ruth Cox is a senior sustainability official, and Walter Tersch is a program analyst at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they broke down the success of the green updates.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:27pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The largest reorganization in Veterans Affairs Department history won't look like most re-orgs you've seen before. That's according to Bob Tobias -- he's professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the organizational chart at the VA won't see the changes most other agencies do.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:17pm EST
John Moniz, Program Manager, Office of Naval Research

The Marine Corps and the Office of Naval Research are reviewing the results of this year's Agile Bloodhound operation. The exercise wrapped up about a month ago in the Pacific Rim. John Moniz is program manager at ONR. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the mission of Agile Bloodhound, and what the exercise included this year.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 07:03am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 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, NASA has reduced its real estate footprint and Uber is finding unexpected support on Capitol Hill -- from congressional staffers who use the service.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:42pm EST
Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

The Commerce Department is partly responsible for the explosion of data from the government. The Census Bureau alone conducts about 80 different surveys a year. NOAA produces 29 terabytes of data a day. So the department is focusing on accessibility and education about its data to rescue public and private sector users from drowning in its data. Mark Doms, undersecretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about current and future plans to better manage its information.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:32pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the next year, most of the Army's IT users at the Pentagon will see the PCs under their desks carted off and replaced with virtual desktops. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the Army's on an aggressive schedule to finish the project by the end of next year.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:30pm EST
Anil Karmel, CEO, C2 Labs, Inc.

The next phase of FedRAMP will include a two-year roadmap to help agencies understand cloud-based cybersecurity better. FCW reports the roadmap will be ready in the next six months. Anil Karmel is founder and CEO of C2 Labs and former deputy chief technology officer of the National Nuclear Security Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own advice for federal agencies to keep their cloud systems safe and compliant.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:27pm EST
Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

More than 1,000 employees at the Veterans Affairs Department face disciplinary action over the next year. VA Secretary Bob McDonald says he's taking an aggressive approach towards the people responsible for long wait times and malpractice cover ups. Carol Bonosaro is president of the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley the senior executive service won't have access to due process like other employees if they're punished.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:20pm EST
John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

A renewed focus on customer service is at the heart of the massive re-org at the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Bob McDonald says the agency will hire a Chief Customer Service Officer. John Salamone is vice president for FMP Consulting, and former Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He's bringing his workforce management experience and knowledge to the National Academy of Public Administration as one of their new fellows. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared advice on how the VA can successfully deliver its promise for better customer service.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:06pm EST
Dr. Michael Matthews, Professor, US Military Academy

The study of the psychology of the enemy, and one's own force and strategy, is becoming increasingly critical because of the new kinds of threats the country faces. One expert in that field suggests a psychological surge is necessary for the U.S. military to succeed in the future. Dr. Michael Matthews is an engineering psychology professor at the U.S. Military Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why some people are wrong to consider the term "war psychology" an oxymoron.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:39am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - November 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, more details emerge about the VA's restructuring, PTO employees face allegations of telework abuse and fraud, hackers broke into the USPS systems and compromised data on 800,000 employees and more.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:14pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is coming back to Washington tonight after the mid term elections. But it's not the new Congress -- it's the same Congress that was here before the election, the same one that left your agency's budget on hold. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the work the House and Senate appropriations Committees are doing to get ready to fund your agency for the rest of fiscal 2015.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:11pm EST
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The federal government is supposed to be four years into an effort to inventory all the programs it runs. But that effort hasn't made it very far. The inventory is a requirement of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Chris Mihm is managing director of Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared recommendations to help OMB find duplicative programs to cut.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:06pm EST
Simon Szykman, Chief Technology Officer for Federal, Attain

An effort to bring 12 bureau-level IT operations under one umbrella continues at the Commerce Department. Former Chief Information Officer Simon Szykman started that effort. He's now the Chief Technology Officer for Federal at Attain. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agency still has a way to go to call its consolidation effort a success story.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:39pm EST
Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Videos and simulations are just some of the innovative tools the Hubert Project at the University of Minnesota places in the hands of futue public sector leaders. Eric Schwartz is Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. He's also former assistant secretary of State for population, refugees and migration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Schwartz explained how to train the next public affairs leaders at your agency.

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