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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department are putting the final touches on the next set of contracts under the $6 billion continuous diagnostics and mitigation program. Jim Piche, a group manager at GSA's FEDSIM office, oversees the management and administration of the CDM contract. He tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller what's on tap for the CDM program. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 05:41pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Federal officials say they're making changes to a program that was designed to let agencies use commercial hardware and software in national security systems. Until now, it hasn't moved nearly as quickly as commercial technology. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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Jim Porter and Capt. Deanna Gephart, ICE

A new electronic health records system is up and running at an agency you might not think of as a healthcare provider. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's system satisfies end users and hit deadline and funding targets. Capt. Deanna Gephart is Assistant director of Health Records at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Jim Porter is electronic health records program manager for Enforcement and Removal Operations and Acting Branch Director at ICE. Gephart explained on In Depth with Francis Rose what ICE had before they began the trek to the system they have now.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Ford Heard, Veterans Affairs Department

The Department of Veterans Affairs is building a "special ops" team of acquisition experts. Ford Heard, the associate deputy assistant secretary for procurement policy, systems and oversight at the VA, joined Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller and Francis Rose on In Depth. They discussed the latest results of Federal News Radio's Chief Acquisition Officer Survey.

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Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is on its Independence Day holiday, and yet it still has a lot of work left on the table for when it comes back. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there still hasn't been a lot of movement on appropriations bills.

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Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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Asif Khan, Government Accountability Office

The latest check on the Defense Department's push to full audit readiness uncovers a domino effect of problems. The Government Accountability Office says DoD didn't follow a plan to improve how it tracks contract payments. Asif Khan is Director of Financial Management and Assurance Issues at the GAO. Khan told In Depth with Francis Rose that because the Pentagon missed some steps of the plan, it's dealing with even more problems that could keep the agency from meeting an important deadline.

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Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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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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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 03:03pm EDT
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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, 04:11pm EDT
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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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Thursday - 06/26/2014, 03:48pm EDT
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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, 05:13pm EDT
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