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Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, inherits a governmentwide IT budget of about $81 billion. He also takes over at a time when federal agencies are ramping up their cybersecurity spending. Karen Evans is executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former e-Government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down his top priorities as the new federal CIO.

Tags: Karen Evans , U.S. Cyber Challenge , cybersecurity , Tony Scott , OMB ,

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:45pm EST

Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

Federal agencies are wise to contractors that low-ball their contract prices just to get a deal. Some of those companies try to get around the low price by doing the work at normal price anyway, and getting the agency to reimburse them. Bill Welch is partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he did a post-mortem on a recent Navy contract that shows the agency's catching on to this tactic.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:39pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

If Congress can't put together a spending plan for the Homeland Security Department by the end of the month, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he may have to furlough 30,000 employees. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the current budget progress on Capitol Hill.

Tags: David Hawkings , Roll Call , Jeh Johnson , DHS , furloughs , workforce , Congress

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:43pm EST

Molly O'Neill, Vice President, CGI Federal

Tony Scott will be the new federal chief information officer. He comes from a career spent entirely in the private sector, and most recently as senior vice president and CIO of VMWare. Molly O'Neill is vice president of CGI Federal, and former CIO of the Environmental Protection Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared some thoughts on the job Tony Scott has ahead of him.

Tags: Molly ONeill , CGI Federal , VMware , Tony Scott ,

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:37pm EST

Paul Posner, George Mason University

President Barack Obama proposed a reorganization of several parts of the federal government. He wants to combine several food safety agencies and streamline some trade and commerce organizations. Paul Posner is director and professor of the Master's in Public Administration program at George Mason University. He's also former Director of Federal Budget and Intergovernmental Relations at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a warning for the agencies that would merge, and especially for Congress.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:31pm EST

John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The Office of Personnel Management is falling behind in the plan to get rid of its backlog of retirement claims. The latest retirement numbers show OPM's backlog is growing, even though it received fewer claims than it expected. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting, and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the retirement trends he sees at OPM.

Tags: John Salamone , FMP Consulting , OPM , retirement , retirement backlog ,

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:27pm EST

Monday federal headlines - February 9, 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 readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a Senate committee approves legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, Homeland Security officials are starting to warn about the consequences of a lapse in funding and the Postal Service sees a 4.3 percent boost in revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 08:01am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's been working for the past several years on a more "comprehensive" approach to fitness, instead of one that measures how many pushups a soldier can do or how quickly he can run a mile. But when it comes to the overall health of the force, the Army's surgeon general says her biggest concern is how much sleep they're getting. It's not enough. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:33pm EST

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

A unique group of federal employees has its own retirement plan that isn't part of the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employee Retirement System. They're covered by a plan called the CSRS Offset plan. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how that system works and why it's easy to overlook.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:28pm EST

Greg Kutz, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service is making progress with controls over its purchase card program. The agency has implemented almost all the recommendations the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has made. But there are still some loose ends to tie up. Greg Kutz is assistant inspector general for audit -- management services and exempt organizations -- at TIGTA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said 14 examples of misuse turned up in a review, but that's a small fraction of the overall use of purchase cards.

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Friday - 02/06/2015, 05:17pm EST
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