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4:45 pm, March 6, 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.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 08:28am EST
Friday federal headlines - March 6, 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 military appeals court officially recognizes Chelsea Manning as a woman, the Defense Department has added a social media expert to the team and the Office of Personnel Management's retirement backlog has reached its highest number in more than a year.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:45pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has a similar problem to the Defense Department: too many underutilized facilities in its inventory and a lot of dilapidated structures it can't afford to tear down. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, VA is asking Congress for its own version of a BRAC.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:38pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration wants to change how vendors list their prices on GSA schedule contracts. So it's proposing a few changes to the Price Reduction Clause. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered industry input on the potential changes.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:30pm EST
John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Your agency shouldn't be reinventing the wheel to follow the Government Performance and Results Act. The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to use performance review measures already in place to find the results-based answers it needs. John Kamensky is senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government and former assistant director at the Government Accountability Office. He offered advice on how to tweak what your agency already does to meet the GPRA law.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:22pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force announces a nine-step plan to make itself more diverse. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh detail the plan in a memo. Emily Kopp has details on the memo and the rollout with Secretary James at an event Wednesday at the Center for a New American Security. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the diversity goals aren't limited to one group or another.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:11pm EST
Ann-Marie Bryant, CEO, Beacon Associates

A growing trend among federal employees is a sense they can't escape their work. The National Academy of Public Administration says changes in mobile technology mean employees feel they have to be available at all hours of the day. The NAPA study finds that can have both a positive and negative impact on the overall culture of an agency. Ann-Marie Bryant is CEO of Beacon Associates. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down a variety of human capital challenges facing federal agencies.

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Thursday - 03/05/2015, 08:49am EST
Thursday federal headlines - March 5, 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, Federal offices in the Washington D.C. area are closed today, the Air Force starts nine initiatives to get more women and minorities in the service and the Smithsonian has said no to selfie sticks.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:50pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon's strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:42pm EST
Phill Knoll, Fleet Manager, USPS

The classic white Postal Service trucks are changing. The agency's trying to replace them with Next Generation Delivery Vehicles over the next three years. Phil Knoll is fleet manager of the U.S. Postal Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described what the new fleet will look like.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:19pm EST
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

The Homeland Security Department's budget is fully funded for the rest of fiscal 2015. Congress will have a chance now to look at other issues that may impact the federal workforce. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a priority list FEW's taking to the Hill.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:07pm EST
Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

The Defense Department will close 15 sites in Europe over the next two years. The Department expects the European Infrastructure Consolidation to save $500 million a year. Katherine Hammack is assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared the details on this and DoD's other cost-saving plans.

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Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:12am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - March 4, 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 military officer accidently let the cat out of the bag, former CIA director David Petraeus has admitted he shared military secrets with his mistress and Postal Service employees would have more appeal rights under a new bill in the Senate.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:37pm EST
Jason R. Baron, Lawyer, Drinker Biddle

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her personal email account for almost all her correspondence. So far, there is no record that those emails ever made it to any kind of records management infrastructure at the State Department. Jason Baron a lawyer at Drinker Biddle and former director of litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how federal employees should treat their email correspondence to stay out of any potential trouble.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:29pm EST
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey

Marijuana possession is now legal in D.C. But that doesn't mean you can use it without affecting your career. Cheri Cannon, a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey, reviews the facts about marijuana legalization and your job on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:25pm EST
Randy Vanderhoof, Executive Director, Smart Card Alliance

Cybersecurity incidents are up 15 percent over the past year. So now the Office of Management and Budget is ramping up pressure on your agency to develop and use smart identification cards for employees. Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the ways to stay on top of OMB's smart card guidance.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:23pm EST
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Two pieces of legislation to repair the security clearance process are now one piece. Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and several of his colleagues are combining the Security Clearance Accountability Reform and Enhancement Act and the Preventing Conflicts of Interest Act. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one bill will solve both problems.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:01am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - March 3, 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, federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, with the option of unscheduled leave or telework, it's looking more likely that Congress will pass a clean funding bill this week for DHS and Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek reelection next year.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:17pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The Homeland Security Department is running on a one-week continuing resolution after Congress couldn't agree on a long-term spending plan for the agency. The new CR is set to run out on Friday. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He outlined the debate over the DHS budget on Capitol Hill for Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/02/2015, 04:14pm EST
David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

The Internal Revenue Service is making technology investments to move away from some programs it says started during the Kennedy Administration. Congress repeatedly slashed and froze its budget over the past five years, so it's important for the IRS to know exactly how much its IT investments will cost. According to the Government Accountability office, that's not exactly the case today. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at the GAO. He shared three recommendations to improve how the IRS tracks its investments with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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