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8:12 pm, May 25, 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.

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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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:24pm EDT
George DelPrete, Principal, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

Agencies trying to converge their IT systems can give them a little SMAC. SMAC is a convergence strategy that integrates social media, mobile computing, analytics and cloud computing. George DelPrete, principal for the global public sector at Grant Thornton, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the seven steps to bring SMAC convergence to your agency.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Bryan Clark, CSBA, and Bryan McGrath, Ferrybridge Group

The Navy has five financial opportunities to modernize its fleet, according to Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He was one witness at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. The other witness at the hearing was Bryan McGrath, managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and former director of the Navy Strategic Actions Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about what the committee asked -- and what they didn't ask.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Everett Pyatt, McCain Institute, Arizona State University

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, proposes incremental steps to reform the defense acquisition process. But his ideas are just treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional system and don't address the root problems, according to Everett Pyatt, leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he identified conceptual flaws in the system that need to change to make defense acquisition reform permanent.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 08:07am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 22, 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 - 04/21/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

If he's confirmed by the Senate as the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, Peter Levine will play a major role on the path toward audit readiness. He'll also be the first senior Pentagon official to publicly predict that the department will miss the auditability deadlines Congress has already set in law. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, Levine says Congress needs to find other ways to pressure the department to improve its financial reporting.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:47pm EDT
TSP's Weaver: Monthly meeting 'a tale of two auditors'

The chief accountant for the Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration says the Thrift Savings Plan board lags in doing security tests on the TSP's network. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Board isn't avoiding doing the tests, and there are a couple of kinds of tests the Board will run.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:45pm EDT
Shea: Congress' data plan could save big money

Data-driven decision-making takes another step forward in the federal government if a new bipartisan bill in Congress becomes law. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have a bill to build an oversight and management framework for data in government. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton, and former associate director for administration and government performance at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the idea of another commission isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:44pm EDT
Gen. Barno: Female Army Rangers are coming, if not this year, someday

Three out of 19 women that started the latest class of Army Ranger School yesterday have left the school. That's compared to 78 out of 380 men. Eventually, women will make it through Ranger School, and that's a good thing, according to retired Army Lt. General David Barno. He's a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University's School of International Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Barno explained the significance of Ranger School and why it's important women are there.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:38pm EDT
NSA's Neuberger: Transparency, culture, keys to building risk office

The director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, has established a Risk Office at the NSA. He chose Anne Neuberger to be the first Chief Risk Officer of the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Neuberger explained what was behind the creation of the office, and why the agency needs one.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 08:19am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 21, 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, Justice and FBI will dig up old convictions in which flawed forensics may have sent the wrong people to prison, TSA airport employees will be subject to new screening measures to guard against insider threats and auditors say the Thrift Savings Plan could be vulnerable to hackers.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:26am EDT
New Congress 'worst places to work' hotline: right idea, wrong question

Republican leadership in Congress needs a makeover of the way it oversees the executive branch if it expects different results, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Andrew Katsaros, Principle Assistant IG for Audit, Commerce Department

The Patent and Trademark Office needs to tighten its performance measures for patent examiners. The Office of Inspector General at the Commerce Department finds three main avenues PTO has to do it. Andrew Katsaros, principle assistant inspector general for audit in the Commerce Department OIG, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the three avenues and the two objectives his team took on.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Hawkings: Plenty of good signs in Congress budget discussions

House appropriations committees are trying to balance the 2016 budget by taking a little bit of money from some agencies and giving it to others. The IRS and the Education Department are two agencies that could see some of their funding transferred to places like the departments of Justice and Transportation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked the money as the House appropriators do some budget math.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:28pm EDT
GAO: FITARA next big step in realizing PortfolioStat success

Federal agencies aren't saving as much money as they expected from the 2013 PortfolioStat initiative. The Government Accountability Office says they wound up saving about $2 billion during the past two years, which is about 70 percent less than the $6 billion they anticipated. Dave Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are actually saving more money than they think.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:26pm EDT
McManus: Public Service Recognition Week 'tips hat' to feds

Federal employees have a week-long opportunity coming up to showcase all the good work their agency does for the country. Public Service Recognition Week starts on May 3, and that's less than two weeks away. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared advice on how to highlight the special impact your agency has on the lives of the American public.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs lawmakers want more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA Inspector General report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest concerns from members of Congress on VA's cybersecurity.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT
Sen. Johnson: 10 agencies need permanent IGs now

President Barack Obama and the leaders of 10 federal agencies should identify candidates to become Inspectors General at those agencies. That's according to a letter all 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent to the White House and those leaders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he and his colleagues wrote the letter to the President in the first place.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 08:30am EDT
Monday federal headlines - April 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, House and Senate members start debate on the non-binding 2016 budget resolution this week, amid turmoil at the top, the Broadcasting Board of Governors offers employee buyouts and the Army will shut down some of its specialized care units for wounded warriors.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Col. Andrew Mutter, Defense Media Activity, Gene Brink, DoD News

For the past decade, the Defense Department has operated its own 24/7 cable news channel. But as of today, what was once known as the Pentagon Channel has gone dark. Cost was one factor. But officials say they also decided they could do a better job of reaching their audience if they focused their resources on an all-online, on-demand and streaming video format. Col. Andrew Mutter is the deputy director of the Defense Media Activity, and Gene Brink is the director of DoD News, the new name for the cross-platform media operation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained to guest host Jared Serbu why the Pentagon Channel was launched in the first place, and why they decided to ditch the broadcast format.

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