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11:18 am, April 18, 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.

Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:46pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A fake building is in the spotlight as a possible measure of how the Administration's budget request is going. The reception to the request could indicate how much Republicans want to cooperate with the White House. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and author of the Hawkings Here blog, writes a column Monday titled, "Why the GOP Will Likely Attack the Potemkin White House." On In Depth with Francis Rose, David revealed the fake building and why you should pay attention to it.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Beryl Davis, Director of Financial Management and Assurance, GAO

Federal government agency improper payments are up almost $20 billion. The Government Accountability Office says its fiscal 2014 audit revealed agencies racked up a total of about $125 billion in improper payments. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the root causes of the spending errors.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:38pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

An option to bring young talent to your agency is available through the Partnership for Public Service. The Federal Student Ambassadors program helps agencies connect with specific universities and colleges. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the program works and other ways your agency can reach out to potential new employees.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies, CSBA

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley tells the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower that out of eight shipyards in the United States, half are one contract away from being what he calls "not viable." Bryan Clark, senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the health of the maritime contracting industry.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Small businesses could soon compete for contracts in more industries, according to a new bill from House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio). He introduces the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act. It's looking at industries that don't do much government business and ways to attract those small businesses to compete. It also sets an annual small business goal for each agency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the bill and how it could impact your agency.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:19pm EDT
Brian McGrath, CIO, Census Bureau

Six guiding principles govern the information technology preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census at the Census Bureau. Shared services, mobile and information security are some of the principles on the list. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Brian McGrath, chief information officer of the Census Bureau, said the first guiding principle of the Bureau's plan for 2020 is "cloud first."

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 06:06am EDT
Monday federal headlines - March 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 head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive announces he's stepping down and a multiple launch rocket system battalion is heading to South Korea.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:47pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Dark cloud over Sunshine Week, GOP's budget divisions

Rob Burton, procurement attorney at Venable, and Mark Forman, vice president for IT services at TASC, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The idea of letting federal employees do government business on their personal mobile devices makes a lot of agencies nervous. The Defense Department, for years, has been one of the most nervous agencies of all. But that rigid rejection of BYOD might be loosening up just a bit. The Pentagon's planning its own test of BYOD a few months from now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about that test as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:15pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Retirement experts at some agencies aren't exactly sure what they used to be. One agency requires retirement counselors to switch jobs after two or three years. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why it's more important than ever to understand the retirement process yourself.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:03pm EDT
Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C) proposed a bill that would cut federal employee pay by 8.7 percent if the employee makes over $100,000 a year. Uniformed military personnel are exempt. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rice tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he chose the percentage cut he chose and why he wants to cut federal pay in the first place.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 07:22am EDT
Friday federal headlines - March 20, 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 Facebook exec takes a big tech role at the White House, a new employee-of-the-month-type awards program is launched to honor feds and a new dashboard is launched to track traffic on agency websites.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Reserve

As one of the military's highest-ranking women and its first openly gay general, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, has a busy speaking calendar, especially around this time of year. It's women's history month. Smith is the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve, which prides itself on having women in 95 percent of its occupations. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp asked Smith whether she thought the Army Reserve was more welcoming to women than other parts of the military.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:48pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Top Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending simply won't work for the military. But they also have serious misgivings about the plan House Republicans released this week to increase the DoD budget. They say it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of constant uncertainty. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The potential new rule from the General Services Administration for contractors to report their Schedules transaction data could be redundant. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA is asking contractors to report data it already has, and says the rule proposal raises five important questions.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Greg Boison, Director of Homeland Security, Lockheed Martin

Cyber déjà vu can happen when the same or similar cyber attacks hit multiple agency networks. But cyber déjà vu can be a good thing if your agency looks at the problem in a different way. That's according to Greg Boison, director of Homeland Cybersecurity at Lockheed Martin. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three ways to take advantage of cyber déjà vu to turn your agency's strategy from reactive to proactive.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal contractors have a new way to tell agency contracting shops how they really feel about the acquisition process. It's called Acquisition 360. It gives both contractors and program managers a chance to rate how individual agencies go about buying things. Anne Rung is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Leslie Field is the deputy administrator. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about how Acquisition 360 works, and how they hope it will help improve the federal procurement process.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 08:36am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - March 19, 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 Senate Budget Committee proposes shrinking the federal workforce through attrition, federal employees who break the law won't be eligible for bonuses under a new bill and a Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, Colorado is expected to cost more than five times the original estimate.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 05:11pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A more nuanced strategy is what the Defense Department is applying to its data center consolidation initiative. When the Pentagon first started four years ago, the approach was relatively straightforward: first count the data centers, then close as many as possible. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD says that more nuanced strategy focuses more on cost than sheer numbers.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 05:05pm EDT
Ron Flom, Former Associate Director for Management, OPM

Contracting officers' representatives are disappearing because of age and sequestration. That's according to Ron Flom, former director of the Defense Acquisition Institute, and former associate director for management at the Office of Personnel Management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies need to bring in more CORs because they can be your agency's best friend during tight budget times.

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