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2:33 pm, August 29, 2014

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.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

It's open season for marketing and recruiting at your agency. The start of the fall semester means the federal government has access to new talent and a chance to build its brand at universities across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth. He says a terrific resource for your agency this semester is the Federal Student Ambassadors Program.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Pete Randazzo, Local 1690 Union President, NFFE

One of the longest-running conflicts the Pentagon deals with is the fight over employee performance management. The National Security Personnel System only lasted a couple of years before Congress voted it out of existence. Now the Defense Department is taking another shot at employee performance management. Pete Randazzo is Local 1690 Union President for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Randazzo was co-lead for a Performance Management Design Team that offered recommendations to the Pentagon. He explained his team's work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Thomas Boyatt, Former US Ambassador to Colombia

The State Department has five career tracks for its foreign service officers. The agency has online resources to make it easy for potential new employees to jump into one of those careers, but the biggest hurdle to finding new officers could be one the State Department can't control. Thomas Boyatt is former U.S. ambassador to Colombia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the difficulty of recruiting new officers.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Tim Hoechst, Chief Technology Officer, Agilex

Two tech giants collaborating is usually a big deal. But it's an especially big deal when one of those giants is Apple and the other one is IBM. The goal of their partnership appears to be to get more IBM and Apple hardware into the hands of enterprise end users. Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer at Agilex, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's a big evangelist for Apple in the enterprise.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration will stop accepting new vendors on its services schedule in the coming months. The decision to temporarily close down seven schedule contracts for services to new companies is part of how GSA is giving its entire program a facelift. Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the steps needed to create a consolidated services schedule. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office lists the Defense Department's supply chain management practices on its high risk list, as it has every year since 1990. GAO says DoD can't say for sure what it already owns, so it can't prove it's buying the right amount of goods. DoD has plans in place to fix that problem, but the Army thinks it has a way to speed things up. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:29pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Six different investigations into the Exempt Organizations group at the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner John Koskinen says the end of those investigations will let him concentrate on rebuilding the perception of the agency in the eyes of Congress and citizens. That, in turn, will help boost the morale of the work force at the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Koskinen said some of the investigations will wrap up soon.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Kathleen King, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Medicare contractors are trying too hard to reduce improper payments. The Government Accountability Office says they're doing too many compliance reviews on their own work. Kathleen King is Director of Health Care Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the extra effort to make sure the program runs smoothly is wasting time and money.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Ronald Walters, Acting Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, VA

Almost 125,000 veterans die every year. The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for laying them to rest with honor, and for that service the VA has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any organization -- public or private -- in the country. Ronald Walters is acting undersecretary for memorial affairs at the Veterans Affairs Department. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the Management Excellence category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the VA is so successful in this arena. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT
Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO

United States operations in Iraq and Syria today put the U.S. in an unusual position. By fighting one opponent, the U.S. military is indirectly benefitting another nation it considers an adversary. That is one example of the fluidity of war fighting in the 21st century. Adm. James Stavridis is Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He helped lead a task force on Creative Disruption for the Center for a New American Security. A paper on that task force looks at the disconnect between industry and DoD right now -- and on In Depth with Francis Rose, Admiral Stavridis said there are several answers.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is crowdsourcing its next set of research areas. Reggie Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about this effort to reach a broader set of minds to help secure the homeland. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The VA Inspector General finds dozens of veterans in the Phoenix VA medical system endured waits that may have had medical consequences. But investigators say they can't conclude any veterans' deaths were directly caused by inappropriate scheduling practices. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more details.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Time is running out for 500 vendors that can expect to see some changes to their professional services contracts over the next year. The General Services Administration says it plans to consolidate them to create one mega-contract by next November. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose (and in his Week Ahead newsletter) he said federal contractors should get involved in GSA's consolidation process before they get hurt by any permanent policy decisions.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The biggest number ever for federal employees saving for the future is in. More than ever are saving in the Thrift Savings Plan. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the results make the people who run the TSP really happy.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:24pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

Congress has 12 business days to finish its list of appropriations bills once it gets back from recess in two weeks. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative for Federally Employed Women. She shared her predictions for Congress' to-do list for September on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Elana Broitman, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, DoD

Elana Broitman will soon leave the Defense Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy. Andre Gudger -- Director of the Office of Small Business Programs -- will take over her role on an acting basis until Secretary Broitman's position is filled. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Broitman said the companies she's worked with in the past year have shown her (and the department) they can do amazing things.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:12pm EDT
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

A subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency is using a cloud system to store and analyze data for the agency. But EPA's Inspector General says that's a big problem because the agency had no idea the company's in the cloud. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reported the story on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Billy Rios, Director of Threat Intelligence, Qualys

The Transportation Security Administration brings in almost $2 billion in revenue every year from airport passenger security fees. TSA spends part of that money keeping its security systems up to date, but the agency still uses technologies that are proven security risks. Billy Rios is director of threat intelligence at Qualys. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TSA isn't alone in its struggle to keep its security systems up to date.

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