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3:09 am, May 6, 2015

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.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have new power to hire experts to work on specific IT projects without having to go through the standard federal hiring process. The Office of Personnel Management authorizes the use of excepted service for digital services experts. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why OPM took this unusual step.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:57pm EDT
Steve Katz, Former Chief Counsel to the Chairman, MSPB

The federal government suffers from a locker room culture problem, according to Steve Katz. He's former counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, former chief counsel to the chairman of Merit Systems Protection Board, and author of "Lion Taming: Working Successfully with Leaders, Bosses, and other Tough Customers." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered examples across multiple decades that highlight the culture problem from the top to the bottom of all three branches.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:52pm EDT
Michael Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

Three major actions in the acquisition pipeline are good signs for change that will serve the government better. Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He's writing about all three under the title "Change is happening, and in the right way." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Mike explained why he thinks he has to point out that the news on acquisition isn't all bad.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The nominee to lead the Veterans Health Administration tells the Senate Tuesday that he'd "transform" the country's largest health care organization. He wants to use his private sector experience to help guide VA beyond the patient access problems that led to long waiting lists and falsified records in Phoenix and elsewhere around the country. More from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Pat Niehaus, National President, Federal Managers Association

The two easiest ways for agencies recruit and retain federal employees are under attack from Congress. Pat Niehaus is national president of the Federal Managers Association and chief of labor and employee relations at Travis Air Force Base. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said House proposals to cut salaries about nine percent for federal employees who make at least $100,000, and to switch retirement calculations from the High Three to High Five, are just two of multiple ways Congress is undermining your agency's workforce strategy.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies

The House passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill. But the vote was a lot closer than it usually is. The chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies oversees the release of that bill every year. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) is chairman of the subcommittee right now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the spending level in the bill isn't a cut for the VA.

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Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:28am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 5, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, HHS saved nearly $400 million in Medicare payments over the last two years using a new payment model, OPM is getting help managing its three major retirement and disability systems and the backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests grew by 70 percent last year.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Tamar Hallerman, Acquisitions Reporter, Roll Call

The House passes the first spending bill of the year to fund military pay and benefits programs, and to pay for DoD's housing and equipment infrastructure. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill is usually one of the easiest appropriations bills to pass, but this year it drew far less support than usual. Tamar Hallerman is appropriations reporter for Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the lack of support could signal a overall tough appropriations process this year.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:26pm EDT
Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

The Defense Department competes about 60 percent of its contracts and task orders. DoD says the main reason it won't compete a contract is because only one company shows up to the bargaining table. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked DoD's contract history to see if it's leaving money on the table.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:18pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Today is the first work day of Public Service Recognition Week. The finalists for this year's edition of the Service to America Medals is out. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a sneak peek of this this year's list of finalists for the Service to America medals.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

The White House endorses 10 of the 15 recommendations the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission made in its report in January. The House Armed Services Committee included several of those recommendations in their markup of the National Defense Authorization Act. Dov Zakheim was a member of the Comp commission, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), and now a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained if it's important that both the White House and the committee are breaking those recommendations up.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The federal government is taking two steps forward on ways to strengthen cyber networks for both the public and private sector. The House of Representatives passed two bills to strengthen information sharing in the private sector. The Office of Management and Budget is asking for public input on ways to overhaul the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Chris Smith is vice president of technology for AT&T Government Solutions, and former chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked progress on the recent push to improve the cyber systems inside and out of your agency.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 08:56am EDT
Monday federal headlines - May 4, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, 30 finalists have been selected for the prestigious Service to America Medal, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the military isn't being honest about sexual assault and defense officials will have to come up with more gender-specific ways to help victims of sexual assault.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Congress is lifting the Windfall Elimination Program for a select few members of the federal workforce. The WEP can sometimes be the barrier between an extra $400 a month in Social Security benefits. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the recent lift from Congress means for members of the Civil Service Retirement System.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), House Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has an email tip line so federal employees can tell him about what they see at their agencies. His subcommittee just held a hearing called, ''The Worst Places to Work in Government." But he says he wants to highlight the good things the Executive Branch is doing too. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he and his staff have focused on since he took leadership of the subcommittee.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:26am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 1, 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 FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the White House has released draft guidance for how agencies should respond to the FITARA, a House panel moves forward a bill to change surveillance from the NSA and a watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:37pm EDT
Tony Scott, Federal Chief Information Officer, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget releases a draft policy for public comment to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance implements the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). In an exclusive interview, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Building a workforce for the year 2025, requires an infusion of new employees to replace the ones that leave, even if they're not leaving as fast as everyone thought they would. Attracting those new employees -- so far -- hasn't involved much discussion with the current employees, who are like the ones the government wants to attract. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp talked to some of them and tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she found.

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