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2:22 pm, March 5, 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.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:24pm EST
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The White House budget request for fiscal 2016 is out. The Obama administration is hoping for a future without sequestration, and the Defense Department is defending that concept. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley breaks down the numbers behind the defense spending plan.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:21pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The White House budget request for 2016 is out, and it includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. But Congressional Republicans are warning it will be dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his view of the budget from Capitol Hill.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:16pm EST
Marie Mak, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Bid shopping is back on the radar screens of agencies across government. Prime contractors usually only do 10 to 40 percent of the work on federal construction projects. The Government Accountability Office says some of their subcontractors are accusing them of manipulating their agreements to pay them less and pocket the difference. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how often prime contractors use bid shopping.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:13pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Respect for federal agency leaders continues to fall. The last few Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys say rank-and-file employees don't respect their upper level leaders as much as they used to. Executive Core Qualifications are supposed to help senior executives maintain high leadership standards, but they might be too easy to follow. Bob Tobias, professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is also a former member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the Executive Core Qualifications to build better agency leaders.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:09pm EST
Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

President Obama's 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is $38 billion more than the Budget Control Act calls for. He's asking for $534 billion, but any number over $498 billion will trigger sequestration. Roger Zakheim is counsel at Covington and Burling, former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee and also former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. In Depth with Francis Rose asked him if the budget is as "dead-on-arrival" as Republicans in Congress make it sound.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:03pm EST
Linda Springer, Executive Director for Government, Ernst and Young

The drone that accidentally crashed on the White House lawn isn't just changing procedure at the Secret Service. It's making agencies across government think bigger about risk management, according to Linda Springer, executive director for government and public sector at Ernst and Young and former Comptroller at the Office of Management and Budget. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways your agency can stay creative when thinking about worst-case scenarios.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 08:55am EST
Monday federal headlines - February 2, 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, President Barack Obama sends his 2016 budget proposal to Congress today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to release data on physician payment records each year and two Republican senators introduce a bill to limit the number of senior executives in the Veterans Affairs Department eligible for bonuses.

Friday - 01/30/2015, 06:03pm EST
Federal News Countdown: Pentagon spending boost, Buying nuclear subs

Nora Bensahel of American University and Bryan Clark of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 05:35pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission came away from its huge task with a mixed bag of recommendations. Some of the 15 suggestions the experts revealed Thursday were obvious changes that have been needed for decades. Other recommendations are going to cause heartburn among military service members, retirees and their families, and on Capitol Hill. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the commission believes all of them are not only needed, but achievable.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 05:16pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new analysis based on early media leaks of the Pentagon's 2016 budget request suggests DoD is using Afghanistan as a partial safety valve to once again ease the threat of sequestration. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the data is suggesting a pattern over the past few years.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 05:14pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Public satisfaction with federal agency services is at its lowest point in 16 years, according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. That's not a good start to your agency's recruiting efforts. And even if someone passes that mental hurdle and decides to apply for a job at your agency, they then have to get past a bureaucratic gauntlet of a hiring process. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to improve how people get in and out of the federal workforce.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 05:08pm EST
Bill Galston, Governance Studies Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2016 will call for an end to sequestration. It will include a 7 percent spending increase that totals about $74 billion. Bill Galston, senior fellow and Ezra K. Zilkha chair of the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, is a former deputy chief domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what the White House budget means for your agency.

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Friday - 01/30/2015, 07:57am EST
Friday federal headlines - January 30, 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, President Barack Obama's 2016 budget request will include $1 billion for Native American schools, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday and the military makes data on Afghan National Security Forces classified.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:38pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department submits seven legislative proposals to Capitol Hill to simplify its acquisition process. But don't call them reforms, says Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss what DoD is asking for.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:37pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's top IT official told vendors, DoD wants a much closer partnership with commercial technology providers, and it fully intends to move as much of its data as it can into commercially hosted environments. They'll do it as soon as officials figure out how to solve the cybersecurity implications. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:31pm EST
Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

The Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth, is raising objections about the alteration of a report from his office about Transportation Security Administration activities at John F Kennedy Airport. Brian Miller is managing director of Navigant, and former inspector general of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether or not it's common for agencies to change IG reports.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:29pm EST
Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder, Chertoff Group, Former Secretary, DHS

A 10-point plan to protect the country from a looming terror threat is complete. The group Business Executives for National Security are behind the group, and former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is president of BENS and one of the movers behind the plan. Michael Chertoff is executive chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, and former secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He served as Vice Chairman of the Domestic Security effort. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he reviewed the 10 points.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:23pm EST
Jason R. Baron, Co-Chair, Information Governance Initiative, Drinker Biddle

The next step in the evolution of records management may come from the non-profit sector. And the help will include some people who are pretty experienced with the federal government. Your agency doesn't have to meet its records management obligations by itself. The private sector and nonprofits want to help. Jason Baron is co-chair of the Information Governance Initiative, of counsel for Drinker Biddle, and former director of litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some solutions for information governance.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:09pm EST
Ryan McCullough, Vice President for Federal, GovPlace

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says agencies need to boost their TQ to meet today's digital services demands. A TQ is like someone's IQ, but instead of an Intelligence Quotient, it's a Technical Quotient. Ryan McCullough is vice president and general manager for federal at GovPlace. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies can improve their IT performance, and for healthcare in particular.

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Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:17am EST
Thursday federal headlines - January 29, 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 new bill would make the details, costs and performance metrics of every federal program more transparent, the Justice Department has pushed back the court dates for thousands of immigrants who are waiting for hearings and an independent panel will recommend changes in the military health and retirement system designed to save $20 billion dollars over the next four years.

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