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7:55 pm, 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.

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:54pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Striking a balance between rewarding high performers and maintaining competition has been tricky for the Department of Defense. But they think they finally have the balance right. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu shared the latest developments from this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

A deal to give more money to the Department of Veterans Affairs could be done by the end of this month. Federal News Radio's Tom Temin from the Federal Drive says historically legislation is rarely a "fix" for an agency's problems. Tom asked on In Depth with Francis Rose: Does VA have a capacity problem, or some other issue?

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute for Transition Planning

Federal retirement filings are lower than the Office of Personnel Management expected. May's total was several hundred fewer than OPM expected to file for retirement. For federal employees thinking about retirement, you're not just dealing with a numbers issue. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute for Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why you should think about more than just dollar signs.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jay Healey, Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Atlantic Council

Congress is closer to cybersecurity legislation that tries to protect infrastructure from attacks. But Congress, and all the other organizations that make policy that affects the Internet, may be asking the wrong questions. Jay Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council, writes about the future of cybersecurity in National Interest Magazine. He explains on In Depth with Francis Rose what questions Congress should be asking.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:45am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal Communications Commission is challenging telecoms to work more closely with it to improve the nation's cybersecurity. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he is not planning more regulations, rather he is asking the companies to share responsibility. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the FCC's plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Navy retakes control over its own IT networks, it is eager to introduce features that improve the experience for end users. At the same time, the Navy is warning vendors that it's not going to buy just bells and whistles. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 06/12/2014, 07:18am EDT
SSA prepares to open doors of new $200 million data center

Bill Zielinski, the Social Security Administration's chief information officer, said storage in the cloud and the greater use of virtualization are among the prerequisites for the agency before it moves into its new data center this summer.

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Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shaun Donovan has big shoes to fill if he's confirmed as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Senators from both sides of the aisle praised former OMB head and now HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell. She gets credit for reinvigorating the management side of the house and working more closely with Congress. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joins In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how Donovan would improve on Burwell's short-term accomplishments. Read Jason's related article.

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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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