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5:41 am, July 29, 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 - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:51pm EDT
Mathy Stanislaus, Environmental Protection Agency

The results are in for the latest Federal Green Challenge. The Environmental Protection Agency names the winners for Overall Achievement and for Improvement in the areas of Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Energy, Water, and Transportation. Mathy Stanislaus is assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the EPA. He explains on In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency thinks the Challenge is important and valuable.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:48pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

The overall size of the federal workforce is shrinking. Different sources show different numbers, but they're all headed down. The raw number of civilian employees actually grew between 2004 and 2012, but 94 percent of that growth was at three agencies. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose agency managers are starting to drop the "do more with less" mentality. Read a related story.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:42pm EDT
Rana Hajjeh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Saving lives around the world has a Federal doctor in line for a Service to America Medal. Dr. Rana Hajjeh is director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She's a Sammies finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category. She tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose on In Depth the virus she and her team promoted the vaccine for isn't well known, but the consequences are. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:39pm EDT
Robert Shea, Principal, Grant Thornton

In case you're not familiar with the show "Survivor," basically a group of strangers are thrown into an exotic place like the Congo or the Australian Outback. Then they have to try to complete missions with a limited amount of resources and the losers get kicked off the show. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton. He spoke on In Depth with Francis Rose about how the show is a great analogy for the life of a federal chief human capital officer right now.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 01:37pm EDT
Nora Bensahel, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The release of the National Defense Panel's analysis of the Quadrennial Defense Review is just a few weeks away. That panel is Congress' independent review board for the QDR. Nora Bensahel is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. She was a guest for Pentagon Solutions on In Depth with Francis Rose. Her latest work is titled "Beyond the QDR: Key Issues Facing the National Defense Panel." She says the QDR doesn't break much new ground, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department will try to address one major aspect of its patient scheduling scandal by looking to industry for help. VA is planning two major acquisitions in the coming months. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller has the details on what VA is trying to do. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department says it's fixed the structural problems that doomed a $6 billion program it killed six weeks ago. DHS designed that program to upgrade biological weapons detectors in American cities. Even if DHS has fixed that program's problems, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu says it's not clear how the department will screen for bioterrorist attacks going forward. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:00pm EDT
Brett Lambert, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, is breaking a major unwritten rule in government contracting. He's suing his customer. SpaceX is suing the Air Force after the department awarded a satellite launch contract to a joint business between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Brett Lambert is former assistant secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. He spoke on In Depth with Francis Rose about how common this is within the defense contracting community.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Chief Acquisition Officers Council wants to make breaking into the federal contracting world easier for companies new to the market. The national dialogue on federal procurement includes recommendations from vendors already in the game to help new companies make that jump and improve the overall acquisition process. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose on In Depth the top 10 recommendations actually came from the Coalition.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:47pm EDT
David Bray, Federal Communications Commission

Your agency might have an innovation problem if legacy systems are keeping your chief information officer up at night. David Bray is the CIO of the Federal Communications Commission. He oversees an IT infrastructure with one system for every nine employees. Some of the systems are more than a decade old.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 02:40pm EDT
Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

Your agency's sick leave policy might change to help out disabled veteran employees. The Federal Manager's Association is asking Congress and the White House to change the rules so veterans don't have to burn sick days for mandatory doctor's appointments. Greg Stanford is director of government and public affairs for the FMA. He spoke on In Depth with Francis Rose about what the new proposal includes.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 01:41pm EDT
Robert Goldenkoff, Government Accountability Office

Your deadline is coming soon to tell your boss what you think of your job. Friday is the last day to fill out your Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey from the Office of Personnel Management. The data from those surveys will shape human resources policy across government. But the Government Accountability Office says chief human capital officers have other options to build and strengthen their workforces. Robert Goldenkoff is director of strategic issues at the GAO. He tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose on In Depth about three broad human capital challenges facing agencies across the federal government.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 06:17pm EDT
Gordon Chang, Contributor, Forbes.com

The Pentagon says the Chinese military threat is growing because China steals intellectual property from the United States in giant quantities. DoD's new congressional report on China details violations of U.S. copyright and export laws by Chinese intelligence programs stealing national security technology. Gordon Chang, a contributor to Forbes.com, writes their New Asia column.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:59pm EDT
Sean Kern, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, National Defense University

The United States needs a national certification program for cybersecurity professionals, according to some cyber experts. Sean Kern, assistant professor of cybersecurity at the National Defense University, writes about what a cyber certification would include.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:55pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The deadline for FedRAMP compliance has come and gone and it may not have been such a big deal. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the deadline "Inside the Reporter's Notebook" and he says this isn't the FedRAMP program's idea.

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:50pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Candidates for the jobs of Veterans Affairs Secretary and head of the Veterans Health Administration have already withdrawn before they got to the Senate confirmation process. That may mean it will be a long time before Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson and the acting leadership at VHA get permanent replacements. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose there are two big questions for the administration: who will take the jobs and who can get confirmed?

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Monday - 06/09/2014, 05:46pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The end of this fiscal year is the deadline OPM Director Katherine Archuleta has set for getting phased retirement in place for Federal employees. The concept has been around for a couple years, but Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey thinks people who criticize OPM for taking too long to get the program going might have expectations that are too high.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 06:05pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal chief information officers are adjusting well to the new normal of their technology budgets. But it doesn't mean they are successfully shifting money to modernization and innovation initiatives quite yet. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joins us with what CIOs say are their biggest challenges and concerns in a new TechAmerica and Grant Thornton survey. Read Jason's related story.

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Friday - 06/06/2014, 06:01pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, of Government Executive Magazine

A huge element is missing this year from the Presidential Rank Awards. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Goverment Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how this year's awards are different this time around.

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