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8:39 am, April 25, 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.

Friday - 04/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Good news for feds, Swapping budget boosts

Dan Blair, president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration, counts down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For about eight years, Jimmy Sones was the top financial official at the Defense Information Systems Agency. He's still a member of the Senior Executive Service, but his only real job these days is co-chairing an obscure Pentagon study group on financial management software. A pair of senators think there's reason to believe his reassignment was in retaliation for blowing the whistle on financial irregularities at DISA. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about it as part of this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:22pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Twenty-four federal employees earn the 2014 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for outstanding service to the country. That's about half as many people who won the award in 2012. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the decline in recognition of federal employees who go above and beyond in public service.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:07pm EDT
John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The Office of Management and Budget is ramping up its oversight on how well agencies are meeting their two and four-year priority goals. OMB is also pushing agencies to beef up their own strategic reviews, too. John Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the results from the latest round of agency-run reviews.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 08:39am EDT
Friday federal headlines - April 24, 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, a former Pentagon spokesman will become the spokesman for the State Department, two senators ask the Defense Department to investigate possible retaliation against a whistleblower and lawmakers introduce a bill to stop improper payments to the deceased.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 01:55pm EDT
TSP board defends delays in cyber fixes

Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan might not like to hear their accounts don't have all the recommended cybersecurity protections they need. But the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is taking its insider threat security development so seriously, it's putting its own cybersecurity testers through the ringer.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:01am EDT
Thursday federal headlines - April 23, 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 House passes a major cyber bill, the VA inspector general finds more problems at the agency and the Pentagon acknowledges what many suspected: Cyber attacks are part of the arsenal of the U.S. military.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Cyberspace Strategy & Policy, U.S. Air Force

Chief information officers are engaging more than ever in agency mission delivery. Part of the problem, at least in the military, is historic and structural, according to Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel. She's director of cyberspace strategy and policy in the Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the history behind the separation between mission and IT, and how to bring them together to help fight wars.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Paula Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND

A collaboration experiment between civilian academics and military officers leads to an unexpected discovery. The RAND Corporation says the two groups both felt intimidated by each other. Paula Thornhill, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program and senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why colleagues need to shed underlying doubts about each other to achieve true collaboration.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:24pm EDT
George DelPrete, Principal, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

Agencies trying to converge their IT systems can give them a little SMAC. SMAC is a convergence strategy that integrates social media, mobile computing, analytics and cloud computing. George DelPrete, principal for the global public sector at Grant Thornton, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the seven steps to bring SMAC convergence to your agency.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Bryan Clark, CSBA, and Bryan McGrath, Ferrybridge Group

The Navy has five financial opportunities to modernize its fleet, according to Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He was one witness at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. The other witness at the hearing was Bryan McGrath, managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and former director of the Navy Strategic Actions Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about what the committee asked -- and what they didn't ask.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Everett Pyatt, McCain Institute, Arizona State University

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, proposes incremental steps to reform the defense acquisition process. But his ideas are just treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional system and don't address the root problems, according to Everett Pyatt, leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he identified conceptual flaws in the system that need to change to make defense acquisition reform permanent.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 08:07am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - April 22, 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,

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

If he's confirmed by the Senate as the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, Peter Levine will play a major role on the path toward audit readiness. He'll also be the first senior Pentagon official to publicly predict that the department will miss the auditability deadlines Congress has already set in law. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, Levine says Congress needs to find other ways to pressure the department to improve its financial reporting.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:47pm EDT
TSP's Weaver: Monthly meeting 'a tale of two auditors'

The chief accountant for the Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration says the Thrift Savings Plan board lags in doing security tests on the TSP's network. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Board isn't avoiding doing the tests, and there are a couple of kinds of tests the Board will run.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:45pm EDT
Shea: Congress' data plan could save big money

Data-driven decision-making takes another step forward in the federal government if a new bipartisan bill in Congress becomes law. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have a bill to build an oversight and management framework for data in government. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton, and former associate director for administration and government performance at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the idea of another commission isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:44pm EDT
Gen. Barno: Female Army Rangers are coming, if not this year, someday

Three out of 19 women that started the latest class of Army Ranger School yesterday have left the school. That's compared to 78 out of 380 men. Eventually, women will make it through Ranger School, and that's a good thing, according to retired Army Lt. General David Barno. He's a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University's School of International Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Barno explained the significance of Ranger School and why it's important women are there.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:38pm EDT
NSA's Neuberger: Transparency, culture, keys to building risk office

The director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, has established a Risk Office at the NSA. He chose Anne Neuberger to be the first Chief Risk Officer of the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Neuberger explained what was behind the creation of the office, and why the agency needs one.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 08:19am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - April 21, 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, Justice and FBI will dig up old convictions in which flawed forensics may have sent the wrong people to prison, TSA airport employees will be subject to new screening measures to guard against insider threats and auditors say the Thrift Savings Plan could be vulnerable to hackers.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:26am EDT
New Congress 'worst places to work' hotline: right idea, wrong question

Republican leadership in Congress needs a makeover of the way it oversees the executive branch if it expects different results, says In Depth host Francis Rose.

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