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5:20 am, September 16, 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 - 08/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Lt. Gen. David Barno, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

A steady flow of policy documents details how the branches of the military -- and the Defense Department as a whole -- will prepare for the wars of the future. But the changing nature of warfare may have the United States preparing for the wrong war. Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Barno is senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. He was the first Commander of Military Operations-Afghanistan. He writes on War On The Rocks, under the title "The Shadow Wars of the 21st Century," that war is morphing. He explained how on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Vendors that sell to the federal government will have to certify they aren't violating 14 different federal labor laws in order to receive future government contracts. President Barack Obama signs an executive order today creating another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry shouldn't look to the U.S. military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is interested in driving innovation in areas like "soldier power." Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:17pm EDT
David Dye, Director in Human Capital Practice, Deloitte

Communication skills are on the decline among federal agency leaders. The non-profit Partnership for Public Service says only about half of federal employees think their supervisors are good communicators and motivators. David Dye is a Director in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice. Deloitte helped the Partnership crunch the latest numbers. David explained the results on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:14pm EDT
David Hendel, Partner, Husch Blackwell

The Department of Labor files a lawsuit against the Postal Service. Labor says USPS made bogus terrorism charges against an employee to retaliate when he reported unsafe working conditions. David Hendel is a partner and government contracts attorney at Husch Blackwell. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the actions of the Postal Service should serve as a warning for both federal employees and contractors.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Tom Temin, Host, Federal News Radio

The federal government's footprint is getting smaller. Some human resources experts worry a shrinking footprint might shrink employee engagement and satisfaction. Leases on about 100 million square feet of office space federal agencies use expire in the next five years. That means potentially a huge shift in the federal real estate landscape. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Tom Temin explained if he thinks smaller work spaces will affect the quality of work, and the satisfaction of the work force.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:08pm EDT
Steve Kelman, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Transportation Security Administration has a $15,000 reward for whoever can think of a way to speed up the passenger screening process at the airport. Federal agencies do contests all the time -- what's shocking is where the news is coming from. Steve Kelman is professor of public management of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He shared what's so surprising about the news on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 02:23pm EDT
Retirement board sees spike in Roth TSP enrollment

Two years after launching the Roth option for the Thrift Savings Plan, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) has seen Roth TSP enrollment rise to 8 percent.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Five of the largest agencies detail their plans to decrease the total square foot per employee by at least 50 percent. Those agencies give Congress a preview of the space cuts that are coming. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about your shrinking office space.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's latest strategy document calls for a service that's more agile in just about everything it does. It also acknowledges it's likely to take a few decades to get there. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related story.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The Thrift Savings Plan Board is checking up on the quality of the information you get when you call and ask the TSP for help. The July board meeting wasn't in Washington like it usually is; the board took a field trip this month. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the field trip was a learning experience.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:05pm EDT
Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department's acquisition shop is in a far different place today than it was when Nick Nayak became the chief procurement officer in 2010. The acquisition team and Nick himself have won a number of recognitions for progress and excellence. Nick's last day at DHS was the first week of July. In this exit interview, Francis Rose asked him what he'd say to the contracting community about the future of acquisition on In Depth.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Gunter Waibel and Adam Metallo, Smithsonian Institution

Less than 1 percent of the artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution are on public display. But 3-D printing could help the agency send millions more artifacts to museums and schools around the world. Gunter Waibel is director of the Digitization Program Office, and Adam Metallo is 3-D Program Officer of the Smithsonian Institution. They're both Service to America medal finalists in the Citizen Services category, and explained their pioneering work on In Depth with Francis Rose. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Russell Rumbaugh, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

Air Force leadership rolls out a new strategic plan today. "America's Air Force: A Call to the Future" is a 30-year plan that focuses on four key points the Air Force believes will shape the future of air power. But their plan isn't entirely a new concept. Russell Rumbaugh is Director of Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, and Senior Associate, at the Stimson Center. Russell and his colleague Barry Blechman from Stimson wrote in Breaking Defense about a concept called Strategic Agility. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the connection between today's plan -- as introduced by Secretary James and General Welsh -- and the work he and Barry have done.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is culling the IT schedule herd. Over the last year, GSA has canceled about 1,000 Schedule 70 contracts. Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why GSA is undertaking this reduction effort and what benefits they see from it.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:18pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is hunting for ideas for its next round of reforms to the defense acquisition system. But from the perspective of one major industry group, almost everything that's wrong with acquisition can be fixed without new legislation. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:12pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A chance to take your ideas straight to the top of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration is coming. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He's preparing for a face-to-face with Tom Sharpe, the Commissioner of the FAS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger explained what the meeting will cover and what kind of input he's taking.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:10pm EDT
Sam LaGrone, News Editor, US Naval Institute

An uninvited guest crashes the world's largest international naval exercise. A Chinese spy ship is watching over the Rim of the Pacific exercise that runs until Friday. But the ship isn't breaking any navigation laws, so Chinese military experts say it's a non-issue. Sam LaGrone, news editor of the US Naval Institute, broke the news of the ship's presence outside RIMPAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains why it's not a huge surprise.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

Career employees in the senior executive service are mostly men. The non-profit group Federally Employed Women says men make up more than two-thirds of SES employees. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of FEW. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how FEW's trying to rejuvenate a program that helps women join the SES.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO, Leading in Context

Robert McDonald's confirmation as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs today may be the beginning of a new culture at the agency. Ethics is one aspect of that culture that Congress will be watching very closely. Linda Fisher Thornton is CEO of Leading in Context. She writes in Gov Exec about building an ethical culture in a Federal agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what's the same -- and what's different -- about building that culture in government as compared to the private sector.

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