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9:55 pm, September 17, 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 - 09/17/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing Wednesday to be the next undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. Deyo comes to DHS after working as an executive at Johnson & Johnson. He says standard financial data will be among his top priorities if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he learned about Deyo's management plans.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army and Air Force take a big step forward in their plan to build a shared cybersecurity infrastructure for their bases in the continental U.S. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the first base is now up and running under that joint security architecture. Several more are expected to follow suit in rapid fashion.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Bill Greenwalt, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The Defense Department and Congress are trying too hard to reinvent the wheel in their debates on acquisition reform. That's according to Bill Greenwalt -- he's former deputy under secretary of defense for industrial policy -- and now a fellow of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He says the Pentagon should look back to the 1950s as a model for defense acquisition reform.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The House passes a series of bills to change the work life of some federal employees. The Senior Executive Service Accountability Act changes the due process for career SESers accused of misconduct. Three bills aimed at the IRS would target how employees work and communicate with each other. Bob Tobias is a professor for Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained the ramifications of the bills on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:08pm EDT
Gen. Anthony Zinni, Former Commander-in-Chief, CENTCOM

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called diplomacy and development "soft power" that could be a powerful force multiplier for the military. Experts on all sides of the debate agree with that assessment, and they are writing about how to use that soft power to the advantage of the United States. Gen. Tony Zinni is former commander in chief of CENTCOM, and former special envoy to the Middle East. His new book is Before the First Shots are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the integration of military, diplomatic, and developmental operations.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 08:04am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - September 17, 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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services still has a number of security holes to plug, and NASA chooses vendors to build a vehicle headed to the International Space Station.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The IRS is stopping fraud and improper payments, but it's not doing it by gathering new or better data. Rather, the tax agency is using data as a strategy of change. Dean Silverman, senior advisor to the Commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the IRS, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the IRS is going beyond predictive analytics to improve its business outcomes.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is on a path to become unaffordable within the next 10 years. To fix that problem, its leaders say it needs a new strategy that's more predictable, more transparent and more realistic about the budgets it's likely to see in the future. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The new strategic sourcing contract for office supplies at the General Services Administration looks a lot like GSA's Schedule 75 contract for office supplies. It actually looks so familiar, it might just be a rerun. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shed some light on the potential duplication issue with the OS3 contract, and sees some other contracts that could have the exact same duplication problem.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Rear Adm. Joe Vojvodich, Acquisition Programs Director, Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is almost finished unveiling eight new ships at a Navy shipyard in Mississippi. Besides being the most complex ships in service history, the Coast Guard almost had to scrap part of the program because of budget cuts. Rear Adm. Joe Vojvodich is the director of acquisition programs and program executive officer for the Coast Guard. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the Guard kept the program fully intact.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The House of Representatives might pass a continuing resolution today. The Senate could then vote on a CR as early as tomorrow. That means in just a few days your agency could have some budget certainty. At least until the end of December. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared what she sees from the CR process.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Your agency has six ways to guarantee good training and skill development for your employees, according to the Government Accountability Office. The Homeland Security Department is doing about half of those. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how DHS should beef up its training programs.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Greg Rinckey, Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Navy Yard Shooting. Federal agencies are trying to reform the security clearance process to keep dangerous people out of your office. The Office of Personnel Management is has cancelled its contract with USIS, one of the companies responsible for doing background checks. Greg Rinckey is a managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said so far the security clearance reforms are just hollow achievements.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:24pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House might vote on a continuing resolution to keep your agency running through the end of the year as early as tomorrow. But issues like military action against the Islamic State and what to do about the Import-Export Bank could get in the way. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered his thoughts on the chances a CR gets a vote in the House.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

Readiness is the first casualty of sequestration, according to defense officials that testify to Congress about Pentagon budgets. Both uniformed and civilian leaders say budget cuts force all the branches of the military to sacrifice the training, equipment refreshes and other preparation they need to be ready to fight. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments. He writes in a piece called Rethinking Readiness in Strategic Studies Quarterly that the Defense Department should think about readiness in a new way. He also shared his conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Mat Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

Preparing for events before they happen has been a task that national security and intelligence officials in government have done to varying degrees of success. One source of preparation material is the Global Trends document from the National Intelligence Council. Mat Burrows is director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council. His new book is "The Future Declassified: Megatrends that will Undo the World Unless We Take Action." It's an extension of the work he did on Global Trends. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the Global Trends document is and who reads it.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 12:46pm EDT
Monday federal headlines - September 15, 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 Patent and Trademark Office acknowledges problems with its telework program, the top concerns on the minds of inspectors general, and Customs and Border Protection will further investigate over 100 cases of alleged misconduct and use of excessive force.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:16am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are testing out ways to attract and hire technology experts for mission-critical programs. The Office of Management and Budget is overseeing these pilots, steps toward fixing long-standing federal IT challenges. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: CIOs lacking resources, Cyber insurance by 2020

Jim Beaupre, education director for ACT-IAC and head of the ACT-IAC Acquisition Academy, and Frank Reeder, co-founder and director of the Center for Internet Security, countdown the week's top stories with Francis Rose.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army expects to create its first set of official occupational specialties dedicated to cyber within the next month. And last week, it created its first brigade-level command dedicated to cyber defense. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu is writing about those moves as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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