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11:24 am, May 23, 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.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years ago, Congress ordered DoD start exploring the possibility of letting servicemembers earn civilian skill credentials while they're still in uniform. Military officials say they've done much more than study the issue: civilian credentialing programs have seen a dramatic expansion over the last several years, giving servicemembers tens of thousands of new skill certifications that are recognized by private sector employers. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Chris Cummiskey, Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, GW University

Landing a gyrocopter outside U.S. Capitol building to send a message is a felony. But the postal worker who did that also did federal agencies a big favor. That's according to Chris Cummisky, a senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University, and former acting under secretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the gyrocopter incident presents an opportunity for federal agencies to improve their risk management strategies.

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:21pm EDT
Jeff Neal, John Salamone and Ron Sanders

The Office of Personnel Management reports March was the fifth month in a row they got fewer retirement claims than they expected to. The retirement wave that federal agencies and outside observers predicted, starting in the late 1990s, has never happened. In fact, the federal workforce gets older every year. That's the focus of our special report "The Reverse Retirement Wave: Planning for a Workforce that's Aging in Place." Three Federal human capital experts joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the results of the survey: Jeff Neal of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security; John Salamone of FMP Consulting, and former Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the Office of Personnel Management; and Ron Sanders of Booz Allen, and former CHCO at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:11am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 28, 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 Architect of the Capitol has a new project on his plate, an inspector general finds Army families' sensitive information may be at risk and the Social Security Administration wants to make customer service, employees and innovation some of its top priorities.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:49am EDT
Time to start planning new retirement reality

The so-called "retirement wave" isn't coming. But a dramatically different workforce challenge is coming fast.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 02:00am EDT
Feds choose to stay longer, creating new retirement bubble

The retirement tsunami has long been the "boogeyman" of federal HR managers -- that baby boomers would be leaving the civil service in droves as they became eligible for retirement. An exclusive Federal News Radio survey reveals that something else may be going on. In part 1 of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we explore why federal employees are opting to stay on the job longer even though they are eligible to retire.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:15pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Two appropriations bills come to the floor of the House of Representatives this week. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says it's the earliest budget bills have been on the floor since 1974. Congress is free to focus all of its attention on passing 2016 budget plans for your agency. But plans to pass them might run into a political stonewall. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he described potential strategies for both sides of the aisle during the budget negotiations.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

A multi-billion dollar construction portfolio at the Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering from schedule delays and cost overruns. Those issues are now a $1 billion headache for the VA. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he explained why he told the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee some of those problems are getting worse.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

A toxic political environment is the number one reason people leave the senior executive service, according to exit surveys with the Office of Personnel Management. More than half say senior leadership and their agency's organizational structure aren't helping either. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he analyzed OPM's exit survey results, and how many senior executives feel they could be convinced to stay on the job.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:09pm EDT
Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Two new bills on cybersecurity and information sharing are through the House of Representatives. One of them deals with liability protections that's been a sore spot for private sector companies. Karen Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former Administrator of E-government at the Office of Management and Budget. She submitted comments on one of the bills, and described them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 08:42am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 27, 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 construction expert joins the VA team investigating its Denver hospital project, four veterans will climb Mount McKinley in a Memorial Day tribute and three Senators urge the Postal Service to make big changes to its fleet.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Good news for feds, Swapping budget boosts

Dan Blair, president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, counts down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For about eight years, Jimmy Sones was the top financial official at the Defense Information Systems Agency. He's still a member of the Senior Executive Service, but his only real job these days is co-chairing an obscure Pentagon study group on financial management software. A pair of senators think there's reason to believe his reassignment was in retaliation for blowing the whistle on financial irregularities at DISA. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about it as part of this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:22pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Twenty-four federal employees earn the 2014 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for outstanding service to the country. That's about half as many people who won the award in 2012. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the decline in recognition of federal employees who go above and beyond in public service.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:07pm EDT
John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The Office of Management and Budget is ramping up its oversight on how well agencies are meeting their two and four-year priority goals. OMB is also pushing agencies to beef up their own strategic reviews, too. John Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the results from the latest round of agency-run reviews.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 08:39am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 24, 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 former Pentagon spokesman will become the spokesman for the State Department, two senators ask the Defense Department to investigate possible retaliation against a whistleblower and lawmakers introduce a bill to stop improper payments to the deceased.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 01:55pm EDT
TSP board defends delays in cyber fixes

Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan might not like to hear their accounts don't have all the recommended cybersecurity protections they need. But the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is taking its insider threat security development so seriously, it's putting its own cybersecurity testers through the ringer.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:01am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 23, 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 House passes a major cyber bill, the VA inspector general finds more problems at the agency and the Pentagon acknowledges what many suspected: Cyber attacks are part of the arsenal of the U.S. military.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Cyberspace Strategy & Policy, U.S. Air Force

Chief information officers are engaging more than ever in agency mission delivery. Part of the problem, at least in the military, is historic and structural, according to Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel. She's director of cyberspace strategy and policy in the Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the history behind the separation between mission and IT, and how to bring them together to help fight wars.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Paula Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND

A collaboration experiment between civilian academics and military officers leads to an unexpected discovery. The RAND Corporation says the two groups both felt intimidated by each other. Paula Thornhill, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program and senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why colleagues need to shed underlying doubts about each other to achieve true collaboration.

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