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6:14 am, September 17, 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.

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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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 01:27pm EDT
Green blazes trail to making ambulances safer for EMTs, patients

Working with a public-private team, James D. Green recommended 10 crash safety standards or practices to be used for ambulances and their equipment.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 11:14am EDT
FBI agent doggedly pursues guards in beating death of Alabama inmate

For her efforts in bringing to justice four prison guards who beat and murdered an inmate, the Partnership for Public Service recently named Susan Hanson as one of the finalists for the 2014 Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:56pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

New chairmen of Senate Committees and subcommittees could have a dramatic impact on your agency's oversight, and the demands Congress makes of your committee. And the potential flip of the Senate from Democratic to Republican control looks more and more likely. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog at RollCall.com. On In Depth with Francis Rose, David said the lineup of new chairs would have more experience than people think.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues, GAO

The National Technical Information Service is supposed to be a repository where federal agencies can find -- and buy -- new research publications. But lately the new research from NTIS isn't new, and 95 percent of it's available online for free. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. She testified about the agency's financial future before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. Valerie shared her conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:49pm EDT
Ben Fitzgerald, senior fellow, Center for a New American Security

The cyber attacks on small federal agencies demonstrate the cyber domain is an ecosystem, and the federal government is one of many different cyber cultures. One expert says a map of the different cultures can help agencies prevent cyber attacks. Ben Fitzgerald is senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He explained that and other cybersecurity strategies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:46pm EDT
Robert Farley, assistant professor, UK Patterson School

"Cut it some slack" is what Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall asks critics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Kendall made those comments Thursday at a ceremony marking the delivery of two F-35s to Australia. The F-35 isn't likely to go away soon, but the buzz about what would replace it may be getting a little louder. Robert Farley is assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He writes in The National Interest about five options for replacing the F-35. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that one choice is restarting the F-22 line.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The National Security Agency's top lawyer says the Edward Snowden disclosures not only hurt U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities - they may have also damaged the chance of Congress successfully passing cybersecurity legislation anytime in the near future.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's idea to make acquisition easier for your agency is starting to come into focus. GSA kicked off five governmentwide pilots and 17 agency specific functional areas under its category management initiative. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller takes us Inside the Reporter's Notebook for details on what GSA is doing. Read Jason's related story.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

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Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: VA reform bill wanted, faulty SSA project

Rob Burton, partner at Venable law firm, and Anil Karmel, founder and CEO of C2 labs, counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:19pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators want an attitude adjustment from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members want reassurance from Anne Rung, President Obama's nominee to take over OFPP, that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller has the details on Rung's non-controversial nomination hearing. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency runs ten huge data processing centers around the world. That's down from 18 in 2008. The consolidation coincides with DISA taking on more and more responsibility for Defense IT. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has more on the agency's efforts to consolidate data centers, and what's still ahead. Read Jared's related story.

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