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1:56 pm, April 18, 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 - 03/27/2014, 05:36pm EDT
Cathy Read & Corey Rinder, State Department

The administration's strategic sourcing initiative applies to all agencies, but implementation looks different at every agency. The State Department's acquisition process has a different emphasis and produces different results than other agencies. In Depth with Francis Rose talks to Cathy Read, State's director of acquisitions management. Also, Corey Rinder, procurement executive at State, explains some of the differences and similarities between how State does acquisition and how your agency may do it.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:11pm EDT
Tom Temin, Co-host, Federal News Radio

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) are sponsoring a bill that would give feds a 3.3 percent pay raise. Federal Drive's Tom Temin says the bill has one major strike against it.

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Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:03pm EDT
Industry Chatter: Shawn McCarthy, IDC Government Insights

The popularity of big data is helping your agency earn more money for its information technology budget. IT spending across the federal government rose about half a billion dollars over the past two years. A third of the overall spending goes to the IT infrastructure that keeps the big data flowing. Shawn McCarthy, research director for IDC Government Insights, was Francis Rose's guest for Industry Chatter.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

Keeping industry engaged and expanding and improving the federal cyber workforce were hot topics in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has more.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:51pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon leaders say the reductions to military personnel spending they're proposing as part of the 2015 budget weren't easy decisions, but Congress needs to OK them this year, or the overall budget picture will get far worse over the next five years. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:49pm EDT
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

The Postal Service's financial problems are the subject of several bills on Capitol Hill to give them more flexibility for making benefits payments, changing their benefits structures, changing their business model and obligations and other options. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose at his office on Capitol Hill yesterday about the problems the Postal Service is facing. In our Congressional Spotlight, Francis Rose asked him what he thinks the Postal Service's business operation looks like several years in the future.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:44pm EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

House Democrats have a bill proposing a 3.3 percent pay raise for federal employees in fiscal 2015. It's more than three times higher than what the White House calls for in its fiscal 2015 budget request. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, offers her take to In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

President Barack Obama's proposal for a 1 percent pay increase may be headed out the window. The latest proposal is for a 3.3 percent increase. The proposal is getting a big thumbs up from Federal employee unions. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this proposal hearkens back to the past.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

The Littoral Combat Ship program is struggling to stay afloat financially. But Congress has another concern. The ships themselves might be easy to sink. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus testified before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on the Navy's budget request yesterday. Subcommittee member Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) asked him to explain how this is possible if the LCS is supposed to be the ship of the future.

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Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:31pm EDT
Mike Sullivan, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

Half a decade of reports and recommendations on the F-35 program has led to one conclusion: It's still not out of the woods. The fifth annual progress report from the Government Accountability Office has some bad news that looks all too familiar to some people. Mike Sullivan, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, testified about the F-35 program at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces today. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

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Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:34pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The National Institute of Standards and Technology brought agency and industry experts to its Gaithersburg headquarters to discuss cloud computing this week. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson was there. She spoke with NIST Cloud Technical Program Manager Robert Bohn about the key word of the event — interoperability. Read Lauren's related story.

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Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:29pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army delivered both good and bad news in budget hearings on Capitol Hill this week. Leaders said the recent two-year budget agreement helps the Army recover from a decline in readiness caused by sequestration. But, they say the recent gains will be erased unless lawmakers undo sequestration in 2016 and beyond. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu shares details from the hearing. Read Jared's related story.

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Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 06:20pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Industry Operations Analysts at the General Services Administration may be getting into situations that won't help the agencies it serves or the vendors it deals with. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, writes the Week Ahead newsletter. He writes: "Allen Federal has nothing against IOAs". In Depth with Francis Rose told Allen that sounds like the kind of statement that's followed by a huge but.

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Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)

Congress will try again this session on cybersecurity legislation, but some of the problems that prevented it from passing the last several years are back again. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about cyber legislation in his office on Capitol Hill today. He says the landscape looks a little different for the legislation this time around.

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Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 05:17pm EDT
Isaiah Joo, CIO, Young Government Leaders

Your agency probably has a shortage of digital natives. The shortage is tied directly to the amount of millennial employees that many agencies don't have enough of already. Isaiah Joo, the chief information officer of Young Government Leaders and program analyst for the State Department's Office of E-Diplomacy, joined In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 05:04pm EDT
James Corbett, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is asking Congress for a larger budget in fiscal 2015. The White House proposes an extra $3.5 million for a total just over $1 billion. James Corbett, director of the Acquisition Management Division at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, appeared in studio on Executive Suite as part of In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:27pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is back in session starting this afternoon and its schedule this week makes it look like the budget is on their minds. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about the upcoming budget battles.

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Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:22pm EDT
Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

If you ask the Defense Department, its acquisition process for missile defense is a glass half full. The Government Accountability Office says that might be an overly optimistic way of looking at it. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about a new GAO report.

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Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:05pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The answer to a $1,200 question in your future is in Mike Causey's column today That $1,200 might not seem like a lot of money or it might seem like a lot of money. Mike says if you work for the government, this big question is in your future.

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Monday - 03/24/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Director of External Affairs, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The Thrift Savings Plan passes the $400 billion mark in dollars they have under management. It's the first time they've ever passed that mark, but it may not be the last. Kim Weaver, director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, told In Depth with Francis Rose the up-trend is a pretty simple equation.

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