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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, 05:14pm EDT
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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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Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 04:59pm EDT
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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, 05:08pm EDT
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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, 03:38pm EDT
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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, 03:42pm EDT
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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, 03:33pm EDT
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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, 03:08pm EDT
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Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

An early House version appropriations language for 2015 would bring the IRS budget below sequestration levels in fiscal 2015. Earlier this week, the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved funding levels that are more than $300 million below what the agency has to spend this year. IRS officials have been adamant that even that level is far too low. The bill comes right after warnings from the Government Accountability Office for the IRS to make some long term budget plans to better deal with an uncertain financial future. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, is looking at what the cuts would mean for agency operations and the workforce. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose these cuts go too far. Read related article by Federal News Radio's Stephanie Wasko.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:39pm EDT
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Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

When it comes to getting better results out of federal programs, the Office of Management and Budget says it's all well and good to measure past performance, but it's time to start pivoting from a focus on short term goals to implementing lasting improvements. To do that, OMB is telling agencies to put their energy into a new regime of "strategic reviews" in response to the 2010 Government Performance And Results Act Modernization Act. Tom Shoop, editor in chief at Government Executive magazine, writes about the direction OMB is pushing agencies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three parts of the implementation process.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:46pm EDT
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Martin Libicki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation

Over the past few years, there's been no shortage of frightening assessments warning the U.S. faces a serious shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. But a brand new report from the RAND corporation offers a fresh take. After an exhaustive review of existing literature and interviews with cyber experts, researchers concluded the situation right now is pretty dire, particularly in the federal government. But there's also cause for optimism. Both the public and private sectors have already begun to respond to the shortage, and the problem may eventually solve itself. It's just a matter of how long it takes. Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-author of the report, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the broader picture behind the numbers.

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Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:43pm EDT
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