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10:44 am, December 26, 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.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:32pm EST
David Trimble, Director of Natural Resources, GAO

The National Nuclear Security Administration has a guide for predicting how much its large projects will cost. But the agency's project managers don't know it exists, and it's not entirely their fault. That's according to David Trimble -- he's Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he suggested ways to improve NNSA's cost estimation process.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:31pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The deadline to nominate one of your colleagues for a Service to America medal is just about a month away. That means now is the time to figure out who that's going to be, and to start collecting all the information you'll need for the nomination. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's important to recognize and reward your stellar co-workers during this era of tight budgets.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:28pm EST
Jo Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works, Army

Wednesday is the five-year anniversary of the Army Corps of Engineers Veterans Curation Program. The program gives veterans a chance to learn new skills that will help them transition to civilian jobs. Jo-Ellen Darcy is assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how the program started, and why they're celebrating.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department takes a new view of the best way to secure cloud computing services the Pentagon gets from the private sector. A new report by the DoD chief information officer highlights potential changes to the security levels required for commercial cloud services. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about DoD's 45-day cloud computing study. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the Pentagon's plans.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:19pm EST
Janet Hale, Former Undersecretary for Management, DHS

Congress comes back to work today to wrap up the 113th Congress. No one thinks streamlining oversight of the Homeland Security Department is one of the things they'll address in the lame duck session, but many people think it's something they should address -- at least soon. Janet Hale is one of those people. She's former Under Secretary for Management at DHS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how we got here.

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Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:24am EST
Monday federal headlines - December 1, 2014

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, Congress returns to work today, Researchers say a new vaccine against Ebole appears safe after tests on 20 healthy people and Syrian activists say Islamic State militants were pounded by as many as 30 airstrikes Sunday by U.S. led coalition warplanes on Sunday.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:03pm EST
Matt Goodrich, Acting Director, FEDRAMP

Demand is finally pushing the cloud services cybersecurity program known as FedRAMP to develop standards for high impact systems. The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, acting director of the FedRAMP program, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the changes that are coming.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 05:00pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For the first time ever, the Commerce Department is building a real-time view of its cybersecurity posture. With that information, it's taking on a greater oversight role over the 14 different bureaus within the agency. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on what will change within those bureaus, and what won't.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:43pm EST
Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says his new Defense Innovation Initiative will find creative ways for America's military to stay the best in the world. Dan Goure is vice president of the Lexington Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Secretary Hagel, and whoever winds up replacing him, are wise to remember the story of King Canute and the waves when it comes to innovation at the Pentagon.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:30pm EST
Tom Donnelly, Co-Director, AEI

A new Defense Secretary likely won't get a confirmation hearing until after the 114th Congress convenes in January. Some people use the word opportunity to describe the change coming to DoD. Tom Donnelly is Co-Director of Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He writes in the Weekly Standard under the title the Hagel Opportunity. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are actually two opportunities with the departure of Secretary Hagel.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:21pm EST
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Tomorrow's Thanksgiving, and many people spend time saying thanks to special people in their lives. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal employees should be on your list of people to thank.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 04:08pm EST
Bill Lynn, CEO, Finmeccanica North America

A "Big Dog" is the latest icon in the effort to bring more innovation into the Defense Department. But the Big Dog may be on its way out of the Pentagon, instead of on its way in. Bill Lynn is CEO of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies and former deputy secretary of defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bill explained what "Big Dog" is, and the message about defense acquisition in its story.

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Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 07:54am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - November 26, 2014

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 leading candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary has reportedly taken herself out of the running, Congressional Republicans are considering a hybrid approach to avoiding a government shutdown and a new bill would allow the Veterans Affairs Department to recommend medical marijuana for some patients.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 05:01pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Digital services teams will begin sprouting up across the government over the next year. The Office of Management and Budget plans to expand the number of teams of technology experts that will work on troubled or high-profile projects. Lisa Schlosser, acting federal chief information officer, and Mikey Dickerson, director of the U.S. Digital Services Office and deputy federal CIO, spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the evolution of digital services.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:59pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

New hope is coming from a program to modernize military helicopters. Defense Department leaders have long recognized that open systems architectures offer a lot of promise toward delivering weapons systems that stay within their budgets and adapt more quickly to emerging technologies. So far, the Pentagon has had a lot of trouble implementing those architectures. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains where the new hope is coming from.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:56pm EST
Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

A major cyberattack on the nation's critical infrastructure will happen in the next 10 years, says Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency. He tells the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence the only way to handle the threat is to have a true partnership among the public sector, the private sector and academia. Chris Cummiskey is former acting undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He shared how to do that on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:54pm EST
Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Congressional leaders insist they can get an omnibus spending bill done to fund your agency for the rest of the fiscal year before the current continuing resolution runs out Dec. 11. But a cromnibus -- a combination omnibus and CR -- may be a lot more likely. That's the bad news. The good news is a bill like that might mean minimal impact on your pay and benefits. Katie Maddocks is governmental affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said a cromnibus, or even a plain old CR, isn't the worst that could happen.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:51pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The continuing resolution funding your agency expires in 16 days, on Dec. 11. The possibilities for what happens after that ranges from another CR, to a full government shutdown, or even to Congress passing an omnibus bill. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered predictions on what might happen over the next few weeks.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:47pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A goal is in place to get your agency's workforce more engaged. And a plan to hit that goal is emerging, too. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose the beginning stage is a policy document that's not even final yet.

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Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 04:41pm EST
Jim Taylor, Managing Director for Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

A revamp is coming to give agencies more power to collect improper payments. Mark Reger of the Office of Federal Financial Management says his team will release an update to A-123. Jim Taylor is managing director for Grant Thornton's global public sector and former Chief Financial Officer at the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the power behind A-123, and what changes might mean.

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