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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Open season for federal health insurance plans starts on Nov. 10. The hardest part of the process might be summoning the motivation to participate. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the biggest problem facing federal employees is persuading them that they might save a lot of money on health insurance this year. He spoke with Sean McCalley on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:48pm EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is taking the next step in connecting soldiers on the battlefield: letting squads and platoons run their own complex modeling and simulation programs, even when electric power is pretty scarce and an enemy is jamming satellite communications. The Army has already invested billions of dollars in systems that try to connect small groups of soldiers to the network when they're in austere environments. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 05:01pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House still holds out hope for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation from Congress. Just not a lot of hope. Now, the administration's goal is to get smaller bills passed through Congress that address challenges everyone can agree on. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the White House's new approach.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:50pm EDT

Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

The White House celebrates 50 federal innovators for their contributions to STEM fields. At an event with the Office of Personnel Management, they showed off five prototype programs that may one day help your agency recruit and retain new STEM talent. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He attended the event and shared details on how the White House plans to bring more STEM talent to your agency with Francis Rose on In Depth.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

The next steps in defense acquisition reform may come from the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Its Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asks experts from all parts of the defense acquisition community to tell them where the committee should go next to streamline defense acquisition. Beth McGrath of Deloitte is former Deputy Chief Management Officer at the Defense Department and one of the contributors to the committee's efforts. She worked to institute what she called a cost culture. She didn't use that phrase in her comments to the committee, but Francis Rose asked her if that concept was written between the lines on In Depth.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Your health care premiums are going up once again by 3.8 percent on average. That's less of an increase than what you saw in 2014, and well below industry average. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the changes to your 2015 health care coverage.

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Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 04:33pm EDT

Thursday federal headlines - October 9, 2014

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Obama administration unveils a new version of, the federal budget deficit shrinks to $486 billion and two congressmen say they want to look into moving the Secret Service out of the Homeland Security Department.

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Thursday - 10/09/2014, 08:05am EDT

Andy Ozment, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS

The Homeland Security Department has new orders from the Office of Management and Budget to scan certain agency networks. That's on top of a set of cyber initiatives DHS is working on, which is already pretty long. Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the Homeland Security Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how DHS will accomplish all of these cyber goals to make federal networks safer.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 05:12pm EDT

Beth Asch, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation

A pay freeze can force almost 10 percent of your agency's workforce out the door. The RAND Corporation says a permanent three year pay freeze led to a 7 percent decline in the ranks of the General Schedule. Beth Asch is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She joined Francis Rose on In Depth to discuss the impact of pay freezes on federal employee retention.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:46pm EDT

Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The first data from the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is out. The data tracks responses from millennials, and there are some surprising similarities and differences from the rest of your agency's workforce. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp reviewed the data. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the data seems to show millennials aren't as different from the rest of your employees as you might think.

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Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:40pm EDT
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