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8:21 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.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 08:33am EST
Thursday federal headlines - February 26, 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 government watchdog files a complaint over a congressman's travel spending, the Transportation Security Administration says more than 90 percent of its employees would still report to work in the event of a shutdown and Senate vote on funding the Homeland Security Department could come as early as today.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:41pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Secretary of Homeland Security and two of his predecessors are calling on lawmakers to remove the politics from the debate over funding the department. Jeh Johnson, the current DHS secretary, and Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, DHS leaders under former President George W. Bush, berated the decision of Congress to tie DHS funding to the immigration debate. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest with impending partial DHS shutdown and what it will mean to agency employees and contractors.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:29pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In its latest legislative proposal on cybersecurity, the White House argues for liability protections for companies who agree to share cyber threat information with the government and with each other. But the Department of Homeland Security admits that solving those legal questions won't mean companies will automatically open their doors to the data the government wants. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:03pm EST
Dick Gregg, Managing Director, HJ Steininger

Some agencies have ambitious modernization goals because of the DATA Act. The Treasury Department replaced 30 legacy payment systems last year. But some plans work better than others. Dick Gregg is former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and managing director of H.J. Steininger. He's using his experience at the Treasury to think of the three best ways to take advantage of the DATA Act, and he shared them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:55pm EST
Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:41pm EST
Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm EST
Bill Hartung, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

Chairman John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon doesn't have a sequestration problem. Instead it has a spending problem. Bill Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of the report "Promising the Sky: Pork Barrell Politics and the F-35." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the F-35 program is the perfect starting point for defense acquisition reform.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 07:45am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - February 25, 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 - 02/24/2015, 04:42pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Center will become the government's focal point for collecting and analyzing all it knows about current cyber threats. But the Homeland Security Department sees the CTIC as serving two more purposes: integrating cyber threat data with intelligence sources from the physical world and declassifying it so it can be shared outside the intelligence community. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:33pm EST
Rafael Borras, Senior Adviser, AT Kearney

Still no funding resolution for the Homeland Security Department. It's set to run out Friday. It will be the second time in less than two years. Rafael Borras was the acting deputy secretary of DHS during the October 2013 shutdown. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his memory of that time with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:30pm EST
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

More of your colleagues than ever invest for retirement in the Thrift Savings Plan. 88 percent of FERS employees across government save in TSP accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told what the TSP thinks that number means.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:27pm EST
Dean Silverman, Former Senior Adviser to the Commissioner, IRS

"Test and learn" is a data analysis technique that more agencies are using to plow through the mountain of data they have to use. One agency that's already used it with success is the Internal Revenue Service. Dean Silverman is former senior adviser to the commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the Internal Revenue Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he defined "test and learn" and explained how the IRS uses it.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 08:46am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - February 24, 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 Veterans Affairs Secretary apologizes for misstating his military record, a Yahoo technology executive trades barbs with the National Security Agency director and Mitch McConnell tries a new tactic to avoid a lapse in funding for the Homeland Security Department.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:59pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force announced it has lifted the suspension and stopped the debarment process for the reverse auction vendor. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:58pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Friday is deadline day for the Homeland Security Department. Sen. Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) will try/tried for the fourth time today to introduce the House's bill to fund DHS. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what to watch for next in the DHS showdown.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:47pm EST
Vijay D'Souza, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Improper payments associated with the military's TRICARE health system added up to about 0.3 percent of DoD's overall costs. Improper payments associated with Medicare were more than 10 percent of overall costs for the Health and Human Services Department. Vijay D'Souza is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TRICARE's low rate of improper payments might be too good to be true.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:38pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

One major responsibility for the nation's first chief data scientist is helping federal agencies recruit more employees that are tech savvy and data minded. DJ Patil joins the growing ranks of federal chief data officers trying to fill those IT skill positions at your agency. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to focus your agency's approach to recruiting.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:33pm EST
Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

One of the top priorities for Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is to transform the Defense Department into a better, and cheaper, version of itself. One proposal is to hand more responsibilities over to the private sector. Dan Goure is vice president of the Lexington Institute and former director of the Office of Strategic Competitiveness in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the private sector model is making a huge difference for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:28pm EST
Mark Peterson, Division Chief for Data and Analytics, USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development wants to channel a river of big data into an analysis program that can power future management decisions. The agency has a request for information out to find ways to transform the data into a more useful and visually intuitive form. Mark Peterson is division chief for data and analytics at USAID. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on what kind of data USAID has and what it wants to do with it.

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Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:06am EST
Bill Shear, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues, GAO

The Small Business Administration has a problem with its Historically Underutilized Business Zones designation. According to a new GAO report, SBA has no way to inform businesses when they might no longer qualify as a HUBZone. Or when the zone they operate in might not longer be considered a HUBZone. For more on the report, and what SBA can do to improve, Bill Shear, director of Financial Markets and Community Investment Issues at the GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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