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2:14 pm, March 31, 2015

In Depth

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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 - 03/12/2015, 04:15pm EDT
Gwyn: Private sector doesn't buy enterprise IT like government

Data center consolidation is delivering more cost savings than the White House expected. The Government Accountability Office says by the end of fiscal year 2015, agencies will save $3.3 billion. That's $300 million beyond what the Office of Management and Budget expected. Dave Gwyn is the vice president of federal for Nutanix. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing out on a key detail that can drive up cost savings even more.

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Thursday - 03/12/2015, 09:04am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 12, 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, Two Secret Service employees are under investigation by the Homeland Security Department inspector general, Defense Secretary Ash Carter urges Congress to pass President Obama's request for new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State and the IRS says it has a billion dollars in unclaimed tax refunds from the 2011 filing season.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:34pm EDT
Quehl: Public-private partnerships can drive shared services success

The push for shared services gets more momentum, as the push to save money and improve performance gets heavier emphasis from the Office of Management and Budget. Public-private partnerships are proving to be a win-win for both parties at all levels of government. Scott Quehl, senior principal at Accenture Federal Services and former chief financial officer at the Commerce Department, is writing about the junction of shared services and public-private partnerships. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he lays out the reasons shared services should get more attention.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 05:18pm EDT
Dodaro: GAO returns $100 for every $1 it's funded

The Government Accountability Office wants a 5.9 percent budget increase for FY 2016. Numbers from a new study by Deloitte show past funding of GAO has brought a good return on investment.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:54pm EDT
Nancy Potok, Chief Operating Officer, Census Bureau

The White House is putting enterprise risk management front and center as it updates a key policy on internal controls. That should be out later this year, but some agencies already have embraced the concept. The Census Bureau did so after a crisis several years ago that was embarrassing and costly. Nancy Potok was the Bureau's chief financial officer back in 2000. She left the agency but returned in 2012 as its deputy director and chief operating officer. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp spoke to Potok after a presentation on enterprise risk management.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:51pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it's in the midst of a significant reduction in its spending for service contractors -- including a $2 billion cut to logistics support contracts that officials expect to double in the coming years. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, most of the work they're performing will be handed over to soldiers and Army civilians.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:48pm EDT
HHS IG: HealthCare.gov lacks overall acquisition strategy

The latest round of updates to HealthCare.gov made the second open season for the Affordable Care Act work a lot better than the first. Now the Inspector General's office at the Department of Health and Human Services is looking for lessons learned from the development of the web site. Rob Vito is regional inspector general of the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three major problems with the agency's approach to building HealthCare.gov.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:44pm EDT
Szykman: Some of the hardest CIO challenges are cultural

Five agencies score zero on using strong authentication with their IT networks. That's according to the White House's annual compliance review of the Federal Information Security Management Act. Nextgov reports three of those agencies had cybersecurity breaches in recent years. Simon Szykman is chief technology officer for the federal services division at Attain, and former chief information officer of the Commerce Department. He broke down the results from the 2014 FISMA review on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:37pm EDT
Ward: Imagination, incentive are the keys to weapons of tomorrow

Trying to predict the future isn't the best way to prepare for future threats. Instead the Defense Department should focus on becoming a master at responding to new and unforeseen challenges. That's according to retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward, the author of "FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways to speed up DoD's acquisition response time and innovation.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 08:51am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - March 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,a bipartisan bill would build on programs to reduce veteran homelessness; the American Civil Liberties Union, Wikipedia and eight other groups are suing the National Security Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives backs off a plan to block a popular type of ammunition

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:10pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it has the backing of legal authorities to start an aggressive push for public-private partnerships to help deal with funding cuts to its military bases. The service says it's set up a speedy approval process in the Pentagon to let base commanders make agreements with their local communities and to share a wide range of public works services rather than running them on their own. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:06pm EDT
Sanders: Government needs uniform exit survey to gauge millennials

Four out of 10 federal employees are eligible to retire in the next five years. The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy to attract new hires to government, and get millennials who are already in government to stay. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Ron Sanders is vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and a former chief human capital officer for the intelligence community. He detailed the strategy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:46pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy that provides data to hiring managers and other decision makers in government. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp was there when OPM Director Katherine Archuleta rolled out the initiative. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose what REDI means.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) is proposing a bill to change how to calculate cost of living adjustments for federal pension plans. The high-five method would factor in the five highest-earning years of service instead of three years. The Congressional Budget Office says it would save the federal government #3.1 billion over 10 years. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered her take on the bill.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Deloitte: 26 years of GAO reports yield lessons for better management

Text analytics can turn tens of thousands of oversight reports into solid action plans that help your agency run smoother. The consulting firm Deloitte is using it to transform more than 40,000 recommendations from the Government Accountabilty Office into hard data. Bill Eggers is global public sector research director, and Daniel Byler is a data scientist at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to turn the hard data from GAO's recommendations into action plans of reform.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:27am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - March 10, 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, a group of Iraqis has launched a lawsuit against the State and Homeland Security Departments, auditors say the Census Bureau has miscalculated timelines and costs to make the 2020 census Internet-ready and the FBI has upped the reward for a missing former agent.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Hawkings: 'No excuse now' for GOP budget holdups

Now that the smoke is clear from the budget debate with the Homeland Security Department, Congress can look towards raising the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises it can happen without the possibility of a shutdown. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained this and other deadlines approaching Capitol Hill over the next few weeks.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:41pm EDT
GAO: HealthCare.gov leaders 'managed to deadlines'

The second round of open season on HealthCare.gov went a lot better than the first. But problems still lurk behind the scenes of the website, even with the rapid response team the government and the private sector deployed to get the site back on track. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resource issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she outlined seven recommendations to help CMS fix the lingering issues with the system.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:39pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Your agency needs to take a giant leap into the future of shared services if it's serious about saving money. That's according to the Partnership for Pulbic Services, which is tracking the development of the concept since the Reform 88 program three decades ago. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a host of recommendations for future development that come from a recent Shared Services Roundtable.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:33pm EDT
O'Keefe: Budget is DHS' biggest data challenge

Several components of the Homeland Security Department are searching for new ways to fund big data projects. Budget pressures are forcing them to get creative, so they're relying on unique IT initiatives to meet their mission. Tom O'Keefe is market intelligence senior analyst at Immix Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on some of the most promising initiatives scattered throughout DHS.

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