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8:18 pm, March 30, 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 - 03/03/2015, 04:25pm EST
Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance

Cybersecurity incidents are up 15 percent over the past year. So now the Office of Management and Budget is ramping up pressure on your agency to develop and use smart identification cards for employees. Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the ways to stay on top of OMB's smart card guidance.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:23pm EST
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Two pieces of legislation to repair the security clearance process are now one piece. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and several of his colleagues are combining the Security Clearance Accountability Reform and Enhancement Act and the Preventing Conflicts of Interest Act. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one bill will solve both problems.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:01am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - March 3, 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, federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, with the option of unscheduled leave or telework, it's looking more likely that Congress will pass a clean funding bill this week for DHS and Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek reelection next year.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:17pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The Homeland Security Department is running on a one-week continuing resolution after Congress couldn't agree on a long-term spending plan for the agency. The new CR is set to run out on Friday. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He outlined the debate over the DHS budget on Capitol Hill for Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:14pm EST
David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

The Internal Revenue Service is making technology investments to move away from some programs it says started during the Kennedy Administration. Congress repeatedly slashed and froze its budget over the past five years, so it's important for the IRS to know exactly how much its IT investments will cost. According to the Government Accountability office, that's not exactly the case today. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at the GAO. He shared three recommendations to improve how the IRS tracks its investments with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:11pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Congress has three main responsibilities as Board of Directors for the Executive Branch. It has to set lines of business for Congress, create agency programs, and evaluate agency performance. All of those responsibilities imply Congress should try to solve agency problems before they occur. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University, and former member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu Congress isn't proactive enough regarding the well being of your agency.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:08pm EST
Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, MOAA

The list of recommendations to change DoD's benefits system from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission have been getting their first hearings on Capitol Hill over the last few weeks. That list details a new healthcare system and a hybrid retirement plan for the four out of five troops who don't serve at least 20 years. The panel's ideas haven't sparked an open revolt in Congress so far, but some outside groups are warning that some of the changes might do more harm than good. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. MOAA's doing its own analysis of the recommendations, and shared some ways they could hurt retention with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 11:00am EST
Monday federal headlines - March 2, 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 Veterans Affairs Department watchdog found that a regional office in Arkansas changed the dates on disability claims, the National Institutes of Health has put out a new challenge and a workforce shortage in the Air Force has finally convinced Congress to let some A-10 Thunderbolt 2 aircraft go into mothballs.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 05:34am EST
Earth to House GOP: Messing with DHS ain't governing

The only solution that will demonstrate House Republican leaders are serious about governing is to put a fully-funded DHS bill on the floor right away, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

Friday - 02/27/2015, 06:27pm EST
Federal News Countdown: DHS vote, Net neutrality

Anil Karmel, CEO at C2 Labs and former deputy chief technology officer at the National Nuclear Security Administration, and David Olive, principal at Catalyst Partners, counts down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:21pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When Congress updated federal open government laws in 2007, it created a new ombudsman designed to serve as an honest broker between Freedom of Information Act requestors and federal agencies. But unlike most other ombudsmen, this one works for one of the parties in the disputes it's supposed to mediate. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, new legislation would change that by making the Office of Government Information Services truly independent from the executive branch.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 05:14pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The effort to fund the Homeland Security Department is in chaos this afternoon. The House rejected a three-week continuing resolution after observers spent most of the day trying to figure out what the backup plan was -- without much success. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. He broke down the odds of Congress passing a DHS budget on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 04:48pm EST
Greg Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service has rehired hundreds of former employees with records including conduct problems, performance issues and even back taxes owed. Greg Kutz is assistant inspector general for audit (management services and exempt organizations) at the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why TIGTA focused on the issue.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 09:48am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity remains one of the biggest hurdles to widespread use of cloud computing across the government. But a new type of data encryption may be the answer to those who still question if their data will be safe in the cloud. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on what some federal chief information officers see as the key to security in the cloud.

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Friday - 02/27/2015, 08:32am EST
Friday federal headlines - February 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, the Senate Judiciary Committee approves Loretta Lynch as next attorney general, some lawmakers want their paycheck withheld if the Homeland Security Department shuts down and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald tells senators he's committed to a law allowing some veterans to obtain health care at non-VA facilities.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:47pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department's top IT leaders tell Congress sequestration would set back DoD's plans to modernize its networks by two to three years. That would impact everything from cybersecurity upgrades to day-to-day training activities. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:42pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The size of the civilian workforce is on the decline at the Defense Department. But three other agencies plan to add 5,000 civilian employees each in the next year. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rebalancing means federal contracting opportunities will start growing in new places.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:15pm EST
Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

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Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:12pm EST
Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 2013. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

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