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5:45 pm, July 22, 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.

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Michael Vickers, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence

Strong intelligence is now the first priority of national security policy, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers. He talks about the intersection of intelligence gathering and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He says the phrase intelligence is our first line of defense isn't just an old cliché anymore.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is moving from "connect-the-dots" to sharing some or all of the picture created by connecting those dots. As part of this effort, a working group is creating data standards to ease the burden of understanding the picture the dots created. Dirk Rankin is the chief technology officer for the National Counterterrorism Center and the co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. Paul Reynolds is the other co-chairman of the Data Aggregation Working Group. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about the progress the DAWG is making.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

The Census Bureau is doing a good job following directions as it prepares for the 2020 census in the face of mandatory budget cuts the past two years. Todd Zinser is Inspector General of the Commerce Department. He's looking at how closely the Census Bureau is following its financial guidance for absorbing the cuts and preparing for 2020 and can still see some room to improve.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Sofia Hussain, Division of Enforcement, SEC

Busting fraudsters in financial services is protecting hundreds of millions of dollars from fraud. Sofia Hussain, senior forensic accountant in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a Service to America award finalist in the Call to Service category and a critical part of the SEC's effort to protect American investors. View a gallery of Service to America finalists. Also, read a Q&A with Sofia Hussain.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Ron Schechter & Kristen Ittig, Arnold and Porter, LLP

More contractors than ever are losing their government business to suspension and debarment. The Government Accountability Office reports even agencies that don't have much history of suspensions and debarments filed 14 times more cases since 2010. Ron Schechter and Kristen Ittig, partners at Arnold and Porter, are looking at the rising trend of suspension and debarment cases and what it means for contractors doing business with federal agencies.

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Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:05pm EDT
Barry Pavel, Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Both the Pentagon and Congress are missing a critical piece of national security strategy in the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Barry Pavel, vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, joined Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions. Barry writes policymakers need to consider a formal strategy to address the power of the individual.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are unhappy with the limitations under the new Pathways internship program. The program is two years into its existence and agency use of Pathways is underwhelming. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller is here with details on why some are saying Pathways needs to be fixed.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:16pm EDT
Elaine Duke, Principal, Elaine Duke and Associates, LLC

The Homeland Security Department needs more budget clarity to fix a broken acquisition portfolio. Elaine Duke is former undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. She's now principal of Elaine Duke and Associates. She's looking at how DHS can try to stabilize its funding levels. The Government Accountability Office says more than half the major acquisition projects at DHS are experiencing schedule delays and cost overruns because of sequestration, the shutdown and continuing resolutions during the past two years.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 05:49pm EDT
Executive Suite: Kay Clarey, Department of Justice

Kay Clarey, a former program manager with the Department of Justice, was Francis Rose's guest on Executive Suite.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Larry Allen, Vice President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The end-of-year rush for business will be here soon, and you may be missing out on a chance to grab more of that business for your company. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, gives In Depth with Francis Rose a crazy tip he's promoting in the Week Ahead newsletter this week.

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Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 05:34pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Federally Employed Women

Women in the Federal government have a tool to help them move up the leadership chain and contribute more to their agency's mission too. The Federal Women's Program has been around for over four decades, but its impact is receding for several reasons. Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative for Federally Employed Women, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the program is so important.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 06:23pm EDT
Asif Khan, Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues, GAO

The Army is headed toward a Sept. 30 deadline to have a Statement of Budgetary Resources ready. Meeting that deadline is critical towards the Defense Department's goal of achieving full audit readiness by fiscal 2017. Asif Khan, director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the Government Accountability Office, told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army is showing some important progress to meeting this year's benchmark.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:57pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

In an era when Congress rarely agrees on anything, some bipartisanship might usually be a welcome thing. But what Democrats and Republicans agree on right now is hammering the Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column today that given the depths of the scandal that's not surprising.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:50pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The fight is on between the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. They're fighting about legislation to allow the VA Secretary to fire senior executives, how to respond to the health care scandal and more. But the Veterans Affairs Committees are missing something that might help them better understand the problems Veterans face. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:41pm EDT
Fredric Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers

The Postal Service's latest financial results are no better than any of their recent numbers. But they might not be as bad as they look. Different interpretations of those numbers cause some leaders to think the Postal Service has a faster route back to profitability than Congress does. Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, told In Depth with Francis Rose nobody argues about the numbers themselves. It's more about how you read them.

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Monday - 06/02/2014, 05:24pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, Air Force (Ret.), Meyerrose Group

A computer hacker facing up to 20 years in prison is free after helping the federal government stop hundreds of cyberattacks. He taught agencies how to protect millions of dollars and cripple the hacker group Anonymous. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose was chief information officer for three Air Force commands and three joint combatant commands. He was also the first CIO of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and is now president of the Meyerrose Group. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what kind of precedence this sets for future cybersecurity policies.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 06:03pm EDT
Martha Johnson, Aileen Black & Gigi Schumm

The departure of Secretary Eric Shinseki at the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't mean the crisis there is over. The next step is managing through the crisis. Martha Johnson was administrator at the General Services Administration when the conference scandal blew up at GSA. She's the first guest on a new program on Federal News Radio called Women in Washington. It debuts this coming Wednesday at 9 a.m., right after the Federal Drive. Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm host the show. Martha tells In Depth with Francis Rose the problem Secretary Shinseki found isn't unique to VA.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon freely admits that it's a whole lot better at buying weapons than it is at buying services. But since it's now spending more money on services than it is on products, it's time to get serious about service contracts. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about that topic in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook,

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:24pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

Unless your name is Tammy Flanagan, you probably don't know everything about planning a federal retirement. Which means you might be leaving benefits on the table you never knew you had. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, is hosting a series of webinars starting on Thursday, June 12, to help explain the basics and three big mistakes people make when navigating the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:17pm EDT
Frank Hoffman, Institute for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

The debate to change the Army's force structure is switching focus from "should they do it" to "how." One strategy is a Commission on the Structure of the Army. Frank Hoffman, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, tells In Depth with Francis Rose a commission would be a big step backwards in the effort to make the Army more affordable.

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