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12:14 am, October 31, 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 - 10/30/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, OITS, GSA

Better information will lead to better buying. That's the premise behind new efforts from the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. Tom Sharpe (the head of FAS) and other GSA leaders detailed those efforts at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg this week. Mary Davie is Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she detailed the information you can get, and how it will help with buying decisions.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

Your car, your medical device and even your toaster are among the facets of life that are quickly becoming Internet-based. This is why the Homeland Security Department is already working on cybersecurity for these and many other devices. Doug Maughn, director of Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller. In part one of their interview, Maughn says the latest broad agency announcement from DHS is shaping its future cyber research and development efforts.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

When the Department of Veterans Affairs finally started transitioning its claims process from paper to digital two years ago, not everything worked perfectly. The Veterans Benefits Management System was prone to crashes and didn't exactly get a warm embrace from its users. But VBMS has matured a bit since then. In the fourth quarter of 2014, it had zero unplanned downtime, and VA is just about to process its one million claims in an entirely-paperless format. Dawn Bontempo, director of Veterans Benefits Management System, talked about the progress with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The MythBusters concept for federal contracting reform is almost four years old. In February 2011, Dan Gordon, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said it would help solve a culture of miscommunication between agencies and the contracting industry. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Coalition's using the MythBusters concept to celebrate their 35th Anniversary Celebration.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Demetra Nightingale, Chief Evaluation Officer, Labor Department

A group of more than 700 federal experts gets a new infusion of talent. The National Academy of Public Administration is celebrating a new class of NAPA fellows. The fellows guide the evolution of federal management policy. One of those is Demetra Nightingale, the chief evaluation officer of the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the lessons learned in government that can apply to the work with NAPA.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 04:05pm EDT
Lou Kerestesy, CEO and Founder, Gov Innovators

NASA begins an official investigation into what caused the supply rocket explosion in Virginia yesterday. It's an expensive setback for the agency's strategy to rely more on contractors -- and contractor-led innovation -- to meet its mission. Lou Kerestesy is founder and CEO of GovInnovators. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing hidden opportunities to find innovation inside their own organizations.

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Thursday - 10/30/2014, 09:26am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - October 30, 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, crews search for scorched rocket wreckage along the Virginia coast, Defense Secretary Hagel orders a 21-day quarantine for all military service members returning from the West Africa Ebola mission and the Air Force said its bombing campaign against the Islamic State is putting a strain on its maintenance workforce.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:55pm EDT
Greg Godbout, Executive Director, 18F Program, GSA

The General Services Administration's 18F innovation lab is moving out of the start-up phase and into the small business stage. Part of the growth of 18F comes from looking at common roadblocks in government a little differently. Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's 18F, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how 18F is growing its staff and beginning to impact federal procurement.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Defense is planning a major ramp-up in its effort to deploy Apple and Android devices. The Pentagon has been working on fitting modern mobile devices into the Defense Department's cybersecurity regime for several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports DoD expects to adopt 40,000 of those smartphones and tablets by the end of next year.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:43pm EDT
Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Leadership at the top of the Defense Department believes the United States military is in danger of losing its technological edge over the rest of the world. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports the Defense Department is already trying to save money by changing its acquisition policies for major projects in the technology development phase. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, and co-director of the "Beyond Offset" project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways the U.S. military can maintain its military edge.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

The midterm elections are less than a week away now, and a lame-duck session of Congress follows that. The House and Senate may try to pass a budget plan for your agency fiscal 2015. But they will also need to do a Defense Authorization Act. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president of public sector for the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors and agencies need to keep an eye on the future of the 2015 version of the Act.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

One concept could change the way the Federal government does business. Dan Tangherlini is the Administrator of the General Services Administration and addressed the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that concept is one the federal government has proven before it can execute.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A very experienced investment expert thinks you're in good shape, retirement-wise. Kim Weaver is Director of the Office of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she talked about the Wall Street executive that thinks between the TSP and your pension, you're in pretty nice shape.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Investment king tells TSP Board: Feds are in good shape for retirement

Larry Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock, spoke at a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the Thrift Savings Plan.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 08:39am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - October 29, 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, an Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are in isolation at a base in Italy, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson orders beefed up security at certain federal buildings and the Obama administration is scrambling to show it's in charge of the Ebola response.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Kathy Conrad, acting Associate Administrator, GSA OCSIT

Customer service initiatives are popping up all across government. Many them are based in customer service work the General Services Administration does in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Kathy Conrad is acting Associate Administrator at GSA's OCSIT, and was at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll take home lessons learned and put them to work at her agency.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development phase, commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller discussed the current and future impact of BBP.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative, Federally Employed Women

Midterm elections are exactly one week away. But no matter what happens to the political power balance in the legislative branch, it'll be hard for the next group to do much less for federal employees than the 113th Congress did. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. FEW gives out legislative score cards for each session of Congresss. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Janet said the most recent scores were hard to decide.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Cross agency priorities get much of the focus so far in the President's Management Agenda for the rest of President Barack Obama's second term. But the PMA officially has four major components. Beth Cobert, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, laid out the four components in a keynote speech at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia last night. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why she'll push hard on the agenda for the rest of the administration.

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