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11:35 pm, August 27, 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 - 07/10/2014, 09:59am EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The federal government is hiring more veterans than ever before. But overall, the picture is grim. Hiring across agencies has dropped by 46 percent since 2009. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He told Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia about his new analysis of the numbers. Read Shefali's related article.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 05:06pm EDT
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)

For the Department of Homeland Security, making its 22 components' radio systems interoperable with one another has been an objective since the department was created in 2003. But today, DHS still can't account for all of its communications assets -- let alone get them to talk to each other. Last night, the House passed legislation designed to get things moving. Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness and the prime sponsor of the DHS Interoperable Communications Act. He explained the details of the bill on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
Bob Tobias, American University

A new performance award strategy could rise from the ashes of a now-defunct pay system at the Defense Department. DoD tried to replace the General Schedule system with a National Security Personnel System back in the mid-2000s, but the White House repealed it two years ago. Bob Tobias is Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He was part of a Task Force that tried to improve the system back in 2009. He said one bright spot in the system could be the key to building a new performance culture across the federal government on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Patrick DeGroodt, Deputy Product Manager, Department of the Army

The technical name for one of the Army's communications networks is Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment Two. But some soldiers prefer to call it their digital guardian angel. Another calls it the holy grail of communication. Now one of the creators of the Army's WIN-T system is receiving prestigious recognition for his role in its creation. Patrick DeGroodt is Deputy Project Manager for the Department of the Army. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the National Security and International Affairs category. He explained the creation process on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read a Q&A with DeGroodt.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Bill Lynn, CEO, Finmeccanica North America

The first change of command at U.S. Cyber Command is complete. General Keith Alexander made way for Admiral Mike Rogers recently. But new revelations from Edward Snowden are a reminder that the first four years of the combination of CYBERCOM and the National Security Agency aren't without controversy. William Lynn was Deputy Secretary of Defense when the Defense Department stood up Cyber Command. He wrote about the strategy behind it in Foreign Policy at the time. He is now Chief Executive Officer of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies. He explained on In Depth with Francis Rose the chain of events that caused DoD leadership to stand up Cyber Command.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

We're learning a bit more about the General Services Administration's move toward a "category management" approach to federal purchasing. GSA's working on a new concept called "hallways" -- the first one's coming this fall. It'll deal with information technology. GSA says one person will manage a team of experts that will create new standards and best practices for a specific area of acquisition. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He explained how the hallways approach can help GSA expand its strategic sources contracts on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:55pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Congress helps set the stage for a one percent pay raise for federal employees next year, despite recent historical trends. The House and Senate versions of a government spending bill don't guarantee a salary bump, but they don't stop the president from declaring one, either. And the House already approved a 1.8 percent pay raise for military service members in 2015. Katie Maddocks is the government affairs representative for the Federal Managers Association. She explained the chances of seeing a pay raise next year on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

The Senate's to-do list this week includes the next steps on information technology contracting reform and enhancing the role of the Chief Information Officer at federal agencies. But the Senate is playing catch-up: the House has already passed its version of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is a cosponsor of FITARA. He explained on In Depth with Francis Rose what he likes about the Senate version and what he wants to change.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Linda Springer, Ernst and Young, and Dan Blair, NAPA

The White House will release details of the President's Management Agenda any day now, and observers expect embracing risk may be an aspect of that strategy. A risk- averse federal government may find that strategy hard to implement. Linda Springer is Executive Director of the Government and Public Sector at Ernst and Young and former Comptroller at the Office of Management and Budget. Dan Blair is President and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration and former acting OPM Director. Linda explained the concept behind enterprise risk management on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:38am EDT
Recruiting, retaining young workers a challenge for agencies

Agencies' scales tip strongly in the direction of older workers. The percentage of millennials in the federal workforce fell to 7 percent in 2013 — an eight-year low. This compares to about 23 percent in the private sector workforce.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Philip Joyce, Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Congress needs to pass twelve annual spending bills -- which set agency funding levels -- before the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. The House passed five of those bills so far. The Senate hasn't passed any. The appropriations process was supposed to be easier this year compared to last year. That's because lawmakers have already agreed on a bipartisan budget deal that sets topline spending figures for the next two years. Philip Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. In an interview with Web Writer Jack Moore, he said agencies should still plan for a continuing resolution.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:15pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House is beating the Senate five to nothing in the race to pass next year's appropriations bills. The topline spending amounts for federal agencies are already set, but even so Congress isn't exactly sprinting to finalize the budgets. But the clock is still ticking and September 30th is only about three months away. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He explained where Congress stands in the appropriations process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:10pm EDT
John Pendleton, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon says it's time to trim down the size and the cost of its headquarters staff around the world. The Government Accountability Office says the size of the overall workforce at the Pentagon's combatant commands doubled over the past decade. Overall spending to support the command headquarters grew by almost $1 billion, too. John Pendleton is director of defense capabilities and management of the GAO. He explained DoD's reduction plan and recommended ways to shrink the workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO, Council on Cybersecurity

The Senate would like to grant new powers to federal chief information officers and update federal IT laws that haven't gotten much attention for the past dozen years. Those are a couple of the effects of new legislation the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved recently. One of the bills is the Senate version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- the other is an update to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, which Senators have been trying to modify for the past several years, without much success. She said on In Depth with Francis Rose the proposals are a big step in the right direction.

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Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:11am EDT
NSF's Borg leads effort to unlock scientific mysteries of Antarctica

As head of the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, Scott Gerald Borg oversees the funding and helps plot the direction of scientific research in Antarctica.

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Another round of budget cuts seems right around the corner, and the military is shifting its focus to the Asia-Pacific region. Army officials worry they haven't been able to effectively make their case for an Army with about 500,000 soldiers. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on the questions the service is asking about its future. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A new set of hiring tools is coming from the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget. Those tools will help agencies attract and keep talent — faster and more efficiently. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose some of the tools themselves aren't really new.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:58pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

President Barack Obama says agency performance is one of his top two priorities. The Office of Management and Budget is already preparing an award system for customer service. The Office of Personnel Management is building a new interactive dashboard to streamline hiring systems. But the President says agencies can still do more. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a recent cabinet meeting where the President reinforced his performance goals for the executive branch.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Marvin Bond, Editor, Recreation News

In Depth with Francis Rose starts its summer recess on July 4th. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter, Jared Serbu, will be filling in for Francis while he's on vacation. Federal employees can also enjoy some vacation time thanks to Independence Day. Marvin Bond is the editor of Recreation News. He's a subject matter expert regarding fun things and deals for federal employees around the area. He shared some fireworks ideas that would be good alternatives to visiting the National Mall.

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Thursday - 07/03/2014, 03:51pm EDT
Dan Katz, Vice President of Technology Solutions, INADEV

The one year anniversary of Project Open Data approaches, but some agencies are still getting used to the idea of sharing their data with colleagues across government and with the public. Dan Katz is vice president of technology solutions at INADEV and a former Web initiatives leader at DHS. He said the government isn't doing too badly with Project Open Data overall on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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