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7:28 am, April 24, 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.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:46pm EDT
Ken Allen, Executive Director, ACT-IAC

The departure of Dave McClure at the General Services Administration marks the loss of another John J. Franke Award winner. McClure received that award last year. Friday is the deadline for nominations for this year's award. Ken Allen, executive director of the ACT-IAC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose time is running out to recognize some of the federal government's greatest work.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's top officer says Congress needs to allow his service to make the painful decision to retire entire fleets of aircraft in order to cope with budget cuts. Gen. Mark Welsh says if the money has to come from somewhere else, all the alternatives would jeopardize the Air Force's core missions. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new procurement ombudsman is closing the communications gap between the General Services Administration and its vendors. Creating the ombudsman job is one of several ways GSA is trying to be more responsive to its government and industry customers. Jeff Koses is GSA's senior procurement executive. In part two of executive editor Jason Miller's interview with GSA looking at industry communications, Koses discusses the new initiatives.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:25pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

At the IRS, $2.8 million worth of bonuses went to employees disciplined for misconduct. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Inspector General's office at the IRS, says the payments are legal, but the payments look like they go against the IRS mission to ensure integrity in tax administration. The IRS is supposed to fire employees who don't pay their taxes, but that's separate from the bonus payment system. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says he doesn't quite understand the IG's report.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 05:19pm EDT
Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The military's Vice Chiefs of Staff tell Congress the pressure they're under because of budget cuts and the potential return of sequestration in Fiscal 2016 is killing their ability to fight two wars. But Congress doesn't appear to want to pull back on capability, only on money. Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in US News and World Report about why the chiefs are so concerned about the funding curve. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose, too much mission and too little money worries the Vice Chiefs of the military.

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Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:11pm EDT
McGinn: Renewable energy supports Navy's operational efficiency

Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, says the pursuit of renewable energy is not just about the Navy "going green." It supports the mission.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:54pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A new effort at the General Services Administration will try to keep contracting decisions in the hands of contracting officers and keep management in the right oversight role. A report by the GSA Inspector General's office in 2013 said management interfered with decisions by contracting officers. Tom Sharpe is the commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller in an exclusive interview about the steps he's taking to strike the right balance between management and contracting officers.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy says it will move forward this year to create two new acquisition vehicles to ensure it has a stable supply of advanced biofuels. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service says it won't be any more expensive than petroleum products.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:36pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

A million dollar fine paid by Computer Sciences Corporation could have probably been avoided. Labor descriptions from CSC didn't match what its employees actually did on a contract with the Army. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, writes about this case in the Week Ahead newsletter and talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about it.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 05:26pm EDT
Dr. Heather Willauer, Research Chemist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Renewable energy is a big priority for the Department of the Navy. The ultimate renewable energy source for a ship at sea is of course seawater. Now the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is making big steps toward using seawater for fuel. Dr. Heather Willauer, research chemist at the Naval Research Laboratory, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what they've found on the path to making seawater fuel the Navy's fleet.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Virginia Hill, National President, Young Government Leaders

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says millennials will make up 40 percent of the workforce by 2020. But your work isn't finished once they're hired. Virginia Hill, national president at Young Government Leaders, tells In Depth with Francis Rose new employees won't stick around very long if they're not engaged and focused on your agency's mission.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Maureen Sullivan, Office of the Secretary of Defense

The Defense Department names nine winners for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. They choose the winners from 33 nominations. The winners represent nine different categories and six subject areas. Maureen Sullivan, director of environment, safety and occupational health at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, discusses a few of the highlights of the winners with In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Henry Hensley, Department of Housing and Urban Development

More discipline, collaboration and data will help drive the projects at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those goals are guiding HUD's Office of Strategic Planning and Management this fiscal year. Henry Hensley, acting director of the OSPM at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was a guest today on the Executive Suite on In Depth with Francis Rose

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:38pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Another in a series of executive orders that affect the way vendors sell to the Federal government may be imminent. Pressure is mounting on President Obama to act the same way he acted on the minimum wage contractors pay employees and the amounts contractors pay men and women doing the same job. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes about the third area on his Hawkings Here blog and tells In Depth with Francis Rose the contracting regulation trifecta may come in very soon.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:28pm EDT
Belva Martin, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:23pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Your next pay raise might be bigger than the 1 percent raise President Obama requested in his fiscal 2015 budget request last month. But the operative word there is "might." Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey spells it out in his column today titled "3.3 pecent pay raise: What are the odds?"

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:13pm EDT
Mark Gunzinger, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Today's Combat Air Force has the fewest bombers and fighters and the oldest aircraft ever. The Defense Department and Congress are hitting a sweet spot to fix that, according to two experts in military aviation. Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, writes about the future of the Air Force with retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, now a senior scholar at the Air Force Academy. Gunzinger talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about revamping the Air Force for the next fight.

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Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:01pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.), president, National Guard Association

An independent commission to make recommendations about the restructuring of the Army isn't meeting with much welcome from Army leaders. But it does have some support. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association, is one of the most outspoken advocates for the outside commission. He told In Depth with Francis Rose the Army needs an outside look before it downsizes.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 06:16pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

If you notice your colleague has a flat top, there might be a good reason for that. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column that Federal flat tops hit you and your coworkers in the wallet.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 06:13pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In spite of a lot of unhappiness among vendors, the Defense Department shows no signs of backing down from a controversial decision it made last month: requiring its contracting officers to do their own pricing homework before they make a purchase from GSA's schedules program. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter is writing about that as one item in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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