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1:42 am, April 28, 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 - 04/03/2015, 04:39pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Nine tough questions federal couples ask may hold answers those couples may not want to hear. Tammy Flanagan is senior benefits director of the National Institute for Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared nine questions that are most common from federal couples.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Don Brutzman, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

The Navy is trying an innovative way to find innovative solutions. It's inviting smart people that know computers to sign up for an online game. It's an open-sourced wargame where contestants can change both how the Navy and the game work. Don Brutzman is associate professor of the Naval Postgraduate School. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on how to play the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame game.

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Friday - 04/03/2015, 08:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 2, 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 Veterans Affairs Department appoints four new members to the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, A senator says Congress might spare the National Institutes of Health from sequestration and it's good news, bad news for the Postal Service.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force thinks it's done a good job of making sure its IT networks are protected from cyber threats, but that's only 20 percent of the cyber problem. A brand new task force will try to take an enterprise approach to protecting the other 80 percent of Air Force systems that are vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and critical base infrastructure. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:11pm EDT
Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely pleads guilty to one count of fraud in a case that started with the scandal surrounding a convention in Las Vegas. Brian Miller is Managing Director at Navigant, and he was Inspector General at GSA when the case against Neely began. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his takeaway as he learns about the plea in the case.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 05:08pm EDT
Ambassador Ron Neumann, President, American Academy of Diplomacy

The State Department suffers from a lack of leadership career opportunities. The American Academy of Diplomacy says an overbalance of political appointees in the senior ranks of the agency means they're only focused on short-term goals. Ambassador Ron Neumann is president of the Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a proposal to reintroduce career employees into the top ranks of the Foreign and Civil Services at State.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Darin Selnick, Executive Director, Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce

The Veterans Independence Act aims to restructure the Veterans Health Administration. The Act comes from the advocacy group Concerned Veterans of America, and it proposes a new business model for the agency that separates veteran health care plans from specific hospitals and facilities. Darin Selnick is executive director of the Fixing Veterans Health Care Taskforce, and senior veterans affairs adviser for Concerned Veterans for America. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this factor, and three other key factors, will remove the bureaucracy from veterans health care.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Barbara Kinosky, President, Centre Law and Consulting

The General Services Administration is proposing a new rule to require vendors to give them contract transaction. Some contractors don't like the idea, because they claim to already provide that information in other ways. Barbara Kinosky is president of Centre Law and Consulting, and on the Board of Directors for the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared more on the reaction from the contracting community to the proposed rule.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Nicholas RisCassi, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Navy is offering five spots on a $300 million contract for information technology development. Sixty-one companies are already showing interest in making an offer. Nicholas RisCassi is a quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said you can expect fierce competition for a spot on the contract because many of those companies already have a working relationship with the Navy.

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Thursday - 04/02/2015, 08:30am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 2, 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, five veterans organizations have sued the Veterans Affairs Department, only three of the Thrift Savings Plan's ten funds made positive returns in March and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he'll keep mid-level career employees out of direct congressional inquiries.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:47pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it's taking the DoD directive to trim its headquarters staff extremely seriously. And that's not just because it will save money. The service's number two civilian sees it as an opportunity to flatten what he calls a "sclerotic" bureaucracy, which does a poor job of responding to changing circumstances and urgent needs. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:40pm EDT
Charles Tiefer, Law Professor, University of Baltimore

The Small Business Administration is proposing two new rule changes that the small business contracting community doesn't like at all. The first proposal changes the standards for small business set asides and subcontracts. Charles Tiefer is a law professor at the University of Baltimore, and former commissioner of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what's going on.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:20pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

April Fool's Special: A huge governmentwide acquisition contract is coming out of nowhere, and it could be worth a lot of money. It's the Effective Integrated Enterprise Interoperability Options contract. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared with Francis Rose, he shared an April Fool's joke with Francis at the expense of the Department of Agriculture.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:18pm EDT
Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

The Navy is applying its 20-year-old open systems architecture strategy to a new class of ships. The OSA strategy tackles acquisition and system development in a modular way, so the Navy can customize weapon systems and designs throughout the lifecycle of the program. Nick Guertin is director of transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said open systems architecture is even more valuable today because it also drives down costs.

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Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 09:01am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 1, 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,

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 05:08pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service says this is the last year his agency will impose a hiring freeze -- not because the IRS' budget situation has gotten any better, but because several consecutive years of freezes have brought the demographics of its workforce severely out of whack, with very few young employees in its ranks. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more details.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Dr. Robert Shapiro, Founder and Chairman, Sonecon

The U.S. Postal Service's financial problems are widely known. The solutions are still in progress and may be years away. But the problems may not be management problems. Robert Shapiro is founder and chairman of Sonecon, and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Postal Service's problems may be incentive problems.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Both the House and Senate's budget plans for fiscal 2016 aim to reduce the federal deficit. And to help do that, both plans include provisions to increase federal employee pension contributions. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, NARFE said those and other provisions tantamount to a pay cut for federal employees.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:17pm EDT
Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation

The United States could find itself in military conflicts in three regions: Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The "Index of U.S. Military Strength" from the Heritage Foundation says the U.S. military is only well-equipped enough to protect American military interests in Europe. Dakota Wood is senior research fellow of defense programs at the Heritage Foundation, and editor of the Index of Military Strength. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained that and other findings from the Index.

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Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 04:11pm EDT
David Robinson, Associate Administrator of Mission Support, FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is changing how it chooses future leaders. FEMA's leadership development program is trying to target employees for promotion that display true leadership skills, instead of just a mastery of technicial skills. David Robinson is FEMA's associate administrator of mission support. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what those leadership skills look like and how the agency will use those to plan its future.

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