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8:39 am, January 31, 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 - 01/06/2015, 04:24pm EST
Patrick O'Carroll, Inspector General, Social Security Administration

Disability fraud and deceased benefit fraud are two of the biggest threats to the integrity of the Social Security Administration, according to the agency's Inspector General. Patrick O'Carroll says preventing those types of fraud before they start is his number one priority this year. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He tells Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley how his office plans to meet its goal.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:23pm EST
Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates

Turning the calendar to 2015 has some federal leaders thinking more about the year 2020, specifically what the federal workforce looks like in five years. A lot of the focus has been on recruitment in the past few years. Elaine Duke is principal at Elaine Duke and Associates. She's former Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. She says retention could be the big challenge for the new year.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:21pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Today is officially day number one of the 114th Congress. David Hawkings of Roll Call calls it the first day of school. And the education process gets under way today for people who represent federal employees before members of Congress. Jessica Klement is legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why it's so important to start today telling members about federal employee issues.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:20pm EST
Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

Troops start the new year with a 1 percent pay raise. That's a little less than the 1.8 percent raise they would have gotten automatically from the annual cost of living adjustment. A study on pay and benefits from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is due next month. Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. He says some kind of reform is long overdue. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says morale is still a top priority for the military, even with fewer commitments in Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:19pm EST
Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"Hope" is a critical word for the senior executive service going into 2015, according to Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro. That hope stems from President Barack Obama's recent address to the SES and his management agenda. But reality might stand in the way of financial and management progress at your agency. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Carol expects low morale to continue because of a not-so-new Congress.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:08pm EST
Mischel Kwon, President, Mischel Kwon Associates

The insider threat will be more in focus in 2015, according to many of the cyber experts we talked to for this year's Top 3 for 2015. But the insider threat isn't always someone -- or some people -- intentionally doing bad things to hurt your organization. Mischel Kwon is president of Mischel Kwon Associates, and former director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team at the Department of Homeland Security. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Kwon says "nerd wars" are the fastest growing form of insider threat.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 07:42am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 6, 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 CIA says its inspector general will resign at the end of the month, hackers who breached Postal Service systems may have taken medical records of nearly a half million people and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, but employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:19pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 114th Congress starts today. It marks the start of a new majority for the next two years and will coincide with the last two years of the Obama administration. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he looked at the new faces to see what's in store for this year.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:16pm EST
Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Agencies have a special name for projects where a subcontractor does at least 70 percent of the work. There's also a special rule to help agencies track how the money flows in those types of contracts to try to minimize the risk of overpayments. Tim DiNapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies follow that that special rule -- which is important, because three agencies spent about $190 billion on those types of contracts in fiscal 2013.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:11pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

A new Congress starts today, and a crash course is available for incoming members to learn about the biggest challenges for federal agencies. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described at the Bipartisan Program for Newly-Elected Members of Congress, and thinks the incoming class might not know exactly what they're signing up for.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:07pm EST
Adm. John Harvey, Veterans Affairs Secretary, Virginia Commonwealth

The all volunteer force has made it easier to deploy forces around the world, according to some military policy experts. No one is proposing bringing back the draft, but downsizing may create an opportunity to take a new look at how the military is structured. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's the former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said there are two big pieces to consider.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:05pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Commerce and Labor Departments have new structures in their offices of Chief Information Officer. Each agency appears to be headed in a different direction. In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about these changes.

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Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:01pm EST
Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded a five-year, $563 million contract to Accenture to continue its work on Healthcare.gov. It's a high-profile contract in health IT in the federal government, but it's only one contract. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Horace says health IT growth is poised to explode -- and 2015 won't be the end of it, either.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 08:35am EST
Monday federal headlines - January 5, 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, Congress returns to Washington tomorrow with some new faces, the Office of Personnel Management addresses changes to veterans preference and most funds in the Thrift Savings Plan return in the negative in December.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:26pm EST
Steve Bucci, Allison Center Director, Heritage Foundation

The Pentagon announces more successful air strikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The new year hasn't brought a new policy in dealing with the Islamic State, but more American advisers are on the ground in Iraq. And 2015 may be the year that calls for more of an American military presence in both countries to get louder. Steve Bucci is Director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said decisions the enemy makes may force the hand of the United States.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:25pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Good news is on the horizon for federal employees that plan to retire in 2015. The Office of Personnel Management's processing times for retirement claims are accelerating, and the agency will try for the fifth time to digitize the process. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute for Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her Top 3 for 2015. She told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley the faster processing times will most help people retiring early in the year.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:22pm EST
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

When the 114th Congress gets back to work next week, a new corps of leaders will take over important committees. Mac Thornberry will lead the House Armed Services Committee; Jason Chaffetz will chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Republicans will take over the chairs of all the committees in the Senate. Rob Burton is a partner at the Venable law firm, and former Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015. He said you can expect more oversight in the new Congress.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:20pm EST
Tim McManus, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Millennials make up about 7 percent of the federal workforce. About 61 percent of millennials who do work for the government say they're satisfied with their jobs. But the median time they stay at those jobs is just under four years. That's according to results in the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Tim McManus is vice president for education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko he's optimistic government can do more to attract more millennials to the federal workforce, but it needs to overcome a few challenges first.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:18pm EST
Dave Wennergren, Senior Vice President for Technology, PSC

As Congress comes back next week, the Defense Department expects to make a huge push to end sequestration -- or at least blunt its effects. Part of the case the Pentagon will make is that its "cost culture" strategy is making a difference in how it's spending the money it does have. Dave Wennergren is Senior Vice President for Technology at the Professional Services Council, and former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said that cost culture will spread from the Pentagon to all across government.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

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