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4:20 pm, May 27, 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.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:00am EDT
Recruiting, retention key to bucking federal retirement trends

A reverse retirement wave is challenging chief human capital officers to rethink how they plan their workforce in FY 2020 and beyond. Two agencies -- one large, one medium -- described how to find success in one of the most important parts of that planning process: Building and maintaining a fluid pipeline of incoming and outgoing career employees.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:00am EDT
6 signs of hope for the federal workforce of the future

While statistics show that baby boomers within the federal government are in no hurry to retire now, eventually that day will come. And the new leaders who will take their place want to work for a government that is nimble and uses technology to its advantage. In the final part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, we take a look towards the future. What will the workforce of 2025 look like? We asked six government leaders today where they see the greatest opportunities for growth and what's working now that could be replicated on a larger scale.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces "operational" ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the "strategic" reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

Sixty-five percent of federal employees who are eligible retire choose to stay on the job, according to a Federal News Radio survey. The workforce is growing older, but holding off on retirement actually makes financial sense for many employees. As part of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave: Planning for a Workforce that's Aging in Place, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley talked to Kim Weaver, the director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She's also putting off her last day to work and explains the financial reasons why many others do the same.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee might be opening the door to another round of BRAC with next year's National Defense Authorization bill. The Military Readiness subcommittee wants DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares its expected force structure to its future infrastructure needs. Roger Zakheim is a counsel at Covington and Burling. He's former general counsel and deputy staff director for the House Armed Services Committee, and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways the committee might mark up the 2016 defense authorization bill.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Kymm McCabe, Founder, ValueStorm Growth Partners

The inspectors general community is producing more than twice as many indictments and criminal investigations today than 20 years ago. In 2013, IGs from 78 different offices processed 19,000 of them; in 1995 they only did 8,000. Kymm McCabe is founder of ValueStorm Growth Partners, and former deputy director of the Defense Department's Office of Business Transformation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said greater oversight is paralyzing agencies because they're too afraid to make a mistake.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:06pm EDT
Bob Knisley, SEA, and Kehli Cage, YGL

Connecting experienced government managers with up-and-comers is the goal of Project Next Generation. It's a partnership between the Senior Executives Association and Young Government Leaders. Bob Knisley is director of Project Next Generation for the SEA. Kehli Cage is director of mentoring and fellowships for YGL. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the interaction between the two groups to develop the next generation of government leaders.

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Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 08:47am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 29, 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 President nominates the vice commandant of the Coast Guard to be the next TSA administrator, a long-term veteran of intelligence community technology has retired from government and even before it's debated, the House version of 2016 Defense spending draws fire from the White House.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Nicole Ogrysko, Producer, Federal News Radio

Agencies need to do a better job with their succession planning and next genertion training, but budget cuts, hiring freezes and sequestration haven't helped. Mission critical projects come up, and departments don't have the expertise to see them through when long-time federal employees retire. Some agencies are turning to reemployed annuitants for help. As part of our special report, The Reverse Retirement Wave, Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko spoke with federal retirees who left government and came back. Read the Reverse Retirement Wave: Planning for a Workforce that's Aging in Place.

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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.

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