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9:48 am, January 26, 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.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:28pm EST
Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

Agencies across government are changing their budget priorities as the money shrinks. That means your agency may have to get creative to provide training opportunities. Virginia Hill is national president of Young Government Leaders. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. She says you shouldn't wait for someone else to take the training lead.

Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:20pm EST
Roger Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Agilex, Former CIO, VA

Christmas is over, but a new Congress starts this week. So now is really the perfect time to offer Capitol Hill a federal IT wish list. Roger Baker is chief strategy officer of Agilex, and former chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a wish list of his own.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17pm EST
Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

As the 114th Congress convenes this week, leaders on both sides of the Hill say budget issues will be priorities. Leaders at the Defense Department are already campaigning against sequestration, and the budget will likely be a big part of the discussion at Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing next month. Dov Zakheim is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Comptroller of the Department of Defense. He's also a member of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said DoD getting in front of the sequester problem is the right strategy.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 08:40am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - January 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 Office of Personnel Management's retirement claims backlog drops to its lowest point in more than a year, a Navy commander pleads guilty to federal bribery charges and two people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting at a Veterans Affairs medical clinic in Texas.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:29pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Housing and Urban Development hired more than 1,000 new employees last fiscal year. The agency needed to replenish a workforce that had been hit hard from employees leaving from both sides of the spectrum. Many long-time employees retired and many recent hires left for other jobs. Michael Anderson is HUD's chief human capital officer and Towanda Brooks is HUD's deputy CHCO. In part one of their interview with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller, they discuss why they needed the hiring spree.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:28pm EST
Jim Carafano, Heritage Foundation

The budget will be one of the first things the new Congress takes up, according to leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill. The Defense Department is already starting its push to end -- or at least cut back on -- sequestration. James Jay Carafano is director of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says he thinks Congress will do a real defense budget in 2015, but that doesn't mean sequestration will go away.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:24pm EST
Patrick O'Carroll, Inspector General, Social Security Administration

Disability fraud and deceased benefit fraud are two of the biggest threats to the integrity of the Social Security Administration, according to the agency's Inspector General. Patrick O'Carroll says preventing those types of fraud before they start is his number one priority this year. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley how his office plans to meet its goal.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:23pm EST
Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates

Turning the calendar to 2015 has some federal leaders thinking more about the year 2020, specifically what the federal workforce looks like in five years. A lot of the focus has been on recruitment in the past few years. Elaine Duke is principal at Elaine Duke and Associates. She's former Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. She says retention could be the big challenge for the new year.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:21pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Today is officially day number one of the 114th Congress. David Hawkings of Roll Call calls it the first day of school. And the education process gets under way today for people who represent federal employees before members of Congress. Jessica Klement is legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why it's so important to start today telling members about federal employee issues.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:20pm EST
Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

Troops start the new year with a 1 percent pay raise. That's a little less than the 1.8 percent raise they would have gotten automatically from the annual cost of living adjustment. A study on pay and benefits from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is due next month. Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. He says some kind of reform is long overdue. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says morale is still a top priority for the military, even with fewer commitments in Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:19pm EST
Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"Hope" is a critical word for the senior executive service going into 2015, according to Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro. That hope stems from President Barack Obama's recent address to the SES and his management agenda. But reality might stand in the way of financial and management progress at your agency. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Carol expects low morale to continue because of a not-so-new Congress.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:08pm EST
Mischel Kwon, President, Mischel Kwon Associates

The insider threat will be more in focus in 2015, according to many of the cyber experts we talked to for this year's Top 3 for 2015. But the insider threat isn't always someone -- or some people -- intentionally doing bad things to hurt your organization. Mischel Kwon is president of Mischel Kwon Associates, and former director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team at the Department of Homeland Security. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Kwon says "nerd wars" are the fastest growing form of insider threat.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 07:42am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 6, 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 CIA says its inspector general will resign at the end of the month, hackers who breached Postal Service systems may have taken medical records of nearly a half million people and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:19pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 114th Congress starts today. It marks the start of a new majority for the next two years and will coincide with the last two years of the Obama administration. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he looked at the new faces to see what's in store for this year.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:16pm EST
Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Agencies have a special name for projects where a subcontractor does at least 70 percent of the work. There's also a special rule to help agencies track how the money flows in those types of contracts to try to minimize the risk of overpayments. Tim DiNapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies follow that that special rule -- which is important, because three agencies spent about $190 billion on those types of contracts in fiscal 2013.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:11pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

A new Congress starts today, and a crash course is available for incoming members to learn about the biggest challenges for federal agencies. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described at the Bipartisan Program for Newly-Elected Members of Congress, and thinks the incoming class might not know exactly what they're signing up for.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:07pm EST
Adm. John Harvey, Veterans Affairs Secretary, Virginia Commonwealth

The all volunteer force has made it easier to deploy forces around the world, according to some military policy experts. No one is proposing bringing back the draft, but downsizing may create an opportunity to take a new look at how the military is structured. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's the former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said there are two big pieces to consider.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:05pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Commerce and Labor Departments have new structures in their offices of Chief Information Officer. Each agency appears to be headed in a different direction. In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about these changes.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:01pm EST
Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded a five-year, $563 million contract to Accenture to continue its work on Healthcare.gov. It's a high-profile contract in health IT in the federal government, but it's only one contract. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Horace says health IT growth is poised to explode -- and 2015 won't be the end of it, either.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 08:35am EST
Monday federal headlines - January 5, 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, Congress returns to Washington tomorrow with some new faces, the Office of Personnel Management addresses changes to veterans preference and most funds in the Thrift Savings Plan return in the negative in December.

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