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2:55 am, May 30, 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.

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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Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:58am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - May 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, OPM authorizes agencies to use speedy hiring authority to build their teams of digital whiz kids, the White House guidance to agencies on 2017 budgets calls for holding the line on discretionary spending and a pending Senate bill shows how frustrated some members are with the progress in service improvement at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 09:51am EDT
Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), American University

President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When confirmed, he'll succeed retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. But what can we expect from the man nicknamed "Fighting Joe?". Retired Army Lt. Gen. Dave Barno was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now a visiting scholar at American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to outline some of the challenges Dunford will be facing.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have new power to hire experts to work on specific IT projects without having to go through the standard federal hiring process. The Office of Personnel Management authorizes the use of excepted service for digital services experts. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why OPM took this unusual step.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:57pm EDT
Steve Katz, Former Chief Counsel to the Chairman, MSPB

The federal government suffers from a locker room culture problem, according to Steve Katz. He's former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, former chief counsel to the chairman of Merit Systems Protection Board, and author of "Lion Taming: Working Successfully with Leaders, Bosses, and other Tough Customers." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered examples across multiple decades that highlight the culture problem from the top to the bottom of all three branches.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:52pm EDT
Michael Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

Three major actions in the acquisition pipeline are good signs for change that will serve the government better. Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He's writing about all three under the title "Change is happening, and in the right way." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Mike explained why he thinks he has to point out that the news on acquisition isn't all bad.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The nominee to lead the Veterans Health Administration tells the Senate Tuesday that he'd "transform" the country's largest health care organization. He wants to use his private sector experience to help guide VA beyond the patient access problems that led to long waiting lists and falsified records in Phoenix and elsewhere around the country. More from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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