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8:47 pm, October 1, 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 - 10/01/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Good news and bad news comes out of a four-month Pentagon review of the military health care system. The study doesn't see any glaring problems. But it also concludes a system that officials like to think of as "excellent" isn't much better or worse than private-sector health care. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A new menu of services is under consideration for participants in the Thrift Savings Plan. The TSP now has the results from a survey (and focus groups) to help them understand why people who leave government take all their money out of their accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained who the TSP surveyed and why they asked.

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Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Only two agencies show any progress in following the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Those two are the Office of Personnel Management and the Labor Department. The Government Accountility Office says GPRA compliance is actually getting worse at other agencies. Bob Tobias is Business Development director of the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the failing grades mean for performance-based management in the federal government.

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Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Filling the cyber talent pipeline is one of the problems experts in the government and in the contracting community cite when they talk about the future of the cyber workforce. But the skill set hiring managers look for might be changing. Margie Graves of DHS, Renee Macklin of the Small Business Administration, Richard McKinney of Transportation and Renee Wynn of the Environmental Protection Agency talked about their perfect IT hires at an event hosted by ACT-IAC. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose the four leaders agreed on a lot about what the next generation of IT workers in government will be like.

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Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Lt. Col. Sean Kern, National Defense University

The Army is the latest federal organization to lay out a career path for its cybersecurity leaders. Career Field 17 will offer soldiers that career path. Advocates of professionalizing the cyber workforce believe that would feed talent pipelines with the people agencies need to succeed. Lt. Col. Sean Kern is cyberspace operations officer, and a graduate student at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the main cyber problem right now is a people problem.

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Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 08:33am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - Oct. 1, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the General Services Administration awards a contract for a new Homeland Security headquarters building, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks a rise in federal workplace deaths.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The DATA Act has already garnered more attention, more high level focus in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years. The big question is whether that focus and attention will last beyond this first year. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some experts believe the DATA Act is so different than other transparency laws.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department starts a new fiscal year Wednesday without a final budget in place, just like the rest of the government. But department leaders are working under the assumption that Congress will eventually reject up to $70 billion worth of proposals the department made to find cost savings in its 2015 budget. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The Pentagon's chief information officer has a plan to save up to $20 billion in IT spending over the next five years. The CIO's office will try to consolidate databases from every single defense agency to get rid of data duplication. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a similar cost-saving strategy for federal contractors and agencies that have too many data reporting requirements built in their contracts.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Minority Whip, House

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the government shutdown. This year that won't happen until at least Dec. 12, and most people on Capitol Hill (from both parties and both chambers) believe we won't see another shutdown for a long time. But Congress still has a way to go to get a deal done for the rest of fiscal 2015. On In Depth with Francis Rose, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he's not sure what to expect when Congress comes back after the election.

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Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

Even with Congress out of town, the clock is ticking to figure out a budget plan by Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out. Katie Maddocks is government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the CR is the biggest source of tension among her members.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:26pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:24pm EDT
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Federal agencies are not using performance data to make better management decisions. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required agencies to do that, and to document how they do it. The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the scores on performance data at your agency.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Marty Rubenstein, Chief Financial Officer, National Science Foundation

The results are in from Federal News Radio's 2014 Chief Financial Officers survey. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the results with Martha Rubenstein, chief financial officer of the National Science Foundation.

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Monday - 09/29/2014, 12:22pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Telework's turning tide; Recognizing outstanding public service

Molly O'Neill, vice president at CGI Federal, and Jonathan Breul, former executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, count down the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

On Monday, the Defense Department will propose new rules designed to close up some of the gaps officials see in the financial protections military members are entitled to as of today. DoD concluded that the way it's been implementing a 2006 law was riddled with loopholes. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explained the changes as part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Brian Miller, Navigant

Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely is under indictment for conduct around the Las Vegas conference scandal, and for other misconduct. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration and a former prosecutor. He led the investigation into Jeff Neely's conduct. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the significance of an indictment from a legal perspective.

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 05:25pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive magazine

The Service to America award ceremony on Monday is a great example of federal success stories that the public never hears. Tom Shoop is editor in chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he sees some common traits in the SAMMY winners that could explain why these stories aren't as well known as agency scandals.

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