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11:05 am, August 20, 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.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is putting up almost $100 million to fund the next generation of cybersecurity technologies. DHS issued a broad agency announcement that lists the first four areas in which DHS wants to know the art of the possible. Doug Maughan, director of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's cybersecurity division, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the initial set of cybersecurity research areas. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers says the nationwide network of civil works infrastructure his agency manages is falling apart. The Corps doesn't have enough money coming from Congress to fix the problems, so it's looking for new ways to pay for the work it needs to do. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Homeland Security Department fires more of its employees than any other agency. Last year DHS dropped almost 1 percent of its workforce. The Federal Times reports the government-wide average is about half that. Jeff Neal is senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose those numbers might sound low, but they're actually pretty normal for the federal government. Read Neal's related column.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Belva Martin, Government Accountability Office

A group of foreign nationals working on one of NASA's major projects found a way to choose their own security clearances to gain access to sensitive technologies. The way they did it was pretty simple. NASA just let them do it. Belva Martin is director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. In a new GAO report, she looks at NASA's supply chain security. She shared a few ways the agency can tighten up its grip on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The White House wants $60 billion for the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations in fiscal 2015. Defense News reports the President's OCO budget has an extra $5 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund, too. Over the next few days, Capitol Hill will host a number of defense officials to make their cases for some specific programs. Roger Zakheim is counsel for Covington and Burling, and former deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee. He wrote about the relationship between the White House and Congress when it comes to defense budget planning. He shared his thoughts on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:48pm EDT
Lessons in federal training - straight from your garden

Training should not be about checking items off a list, says GSA Chief Learning Officer Mike Casey. It should be more like a "self-weeding garden."

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:14pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shaun Donovan passes his first hurdle on the way to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget. But some members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are less than thrilled with his approach to answering some of their questions. Donovan's approval kicked off a busy day for the committee. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has the recap. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the reaction to Donovan and the passage of several technology and cyber bills.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:13pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon will release a multi-billion dollar solicitation to buy a new commercial IT system to manage its health records. And officials say they will resist DoD's usual urge to customize the system so much that it doesn't look like a commercial product any more. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 05:08pm EDT
Jeff Curtis, Defense Logistics Agency

Cutting the budget and cutting infrastructure is usually a recipe for frustration. The Defense Logistics Agency is using those concepts to improve its service and meet other operational goals. Jeff Curtis is executive director of the logistics support directorate at Defense Logistics Agency Logistics Operations. He explained the scope of what DLA's up against on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, American University

Some changes are coming at the top of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with new leader coming in for the Veterans Health Administration next Wednesday. VA's General Counsel Will Gunn plans to resign early next month. The changes appear to be the result of a trust issue at the agency. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that performance issues are in the public spotlight because of the problems at Department of Veterans Affairs, but the problem actually goes way beyond the VA.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:42pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Major changes to how federal chief information officers oversee IT investments are part of a package of proposals from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Those changes include full budget authority and approval over all IT contracts. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will offer up their version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) at a committee mark-up. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller has a copy of the draft bill and tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the details. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:38pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Intelligence Agency is set to formally roll out its new Open Innovation Gateway, one key pillar in the agency's push to move away from big, monolithic technology acquisitions and bring new innovations on board in short, small cycles. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu explains what it means for DIA. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:33pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Federal Acquisition Service wants to standardize parts of the Multiple Award Schedule to make price comparisons easier for federal agencies. But some of the FAS proposals could signal a drop in diversity of business opportunities for federal contractors. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He's explained on In Depth with Francis Rose how FAS's modernization ideas might affect federal contractors and their agency customers.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:12pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Your new employees start in the Thrift Savings Plan automatically now and they contribute to an account that's invested in the G Fund. But that may change soon. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is ready to look at legislation that will start off new federal employees with a different investing strategy.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:08pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The Internal Revenue Service is facing another big budget cut if the total the House of Representatives approved turns out to be the total the agency gets. The House voted for a bill to bring the IRS' 2015 spending limit to below sequestration levels. That's a cut of more than $300 million. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She explained on In Depth with Francis Rose how the IRS' potential 2015 budget would affect its employees and other agencies.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
Mike Casey, Chief Learning Officer, GSA

Training your agency's employees by sitting them down in a classroom in front of a teacher giving a lecture won't work for the federal government anymore. Mike Casey is the chief learning officer of the General Services Administration and a guest for the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose. He's at the forefront of the effort to teach agency managers the difference between training and learning. Casey said knowing the difference could make a big impact on the cost to run your agency. Read related article.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration employees see the results of budget cuts and sequestration. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote in his column "Alice in Washington Wonderland" why these cuts apply to the federal workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:15pm EDT
David Olive, Principal, Catalyst Partners

Terrorists in the Middle East are using weapons, supplies, and even new technology made in the United States in their attacks on Iraqi cities and elsewhere. David Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners and a writer for the Security Debrief blog. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose, they're even using a brand new drug the Food and Drug Administration just approved for military use in April, and it's calling into question the security of the military supply chain.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:12pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Your agency's funding bill may be among the spending vehicles that appear to be stalling out in Congress. The Senate's effort to get several bills through in a package has hit a roadblock. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog. He detailed the stops-and-starts of the agency budget process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Debra Draper, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

The Defense Department's showing negative side effects from a rough transition to a new healthcare contractor in the western United States. Those side effects are because of a 21-billion dollar contract award to a healthcare administration company new to the TRICARE system. Debra Draper is director of health care issues at the Government Accountability Office. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose that cost overruns and healthcare delays are cropping up because TRICARE management didn't pay close enough attention to the company's transition process.

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