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1:10 pm, April 21, 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.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 06:16pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

If you notice your colleague has a flat top, there might be a good reason for that. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey writes in his column that Federal flat tops hit you and your coworkers in the wallet.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 06:13pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In spite of a lot of unhappiness among vendors, the Defense Department shows no signs of backing down from a controversial decision it made last month: requiring its contracting officers to do their own pricing homework before they make a purchase from GSA's schedules program. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter is writing about that as one item in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 05:53pm EDT
Bill Welch, partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency said it would re-evaluate proposals and make a new award decision in response to a protest from Logistics 2020. But NGA said it wouldn't re-open the competition or look at any revisions. The proposals had already expired. But Logistics 2020 argued it couldn't produce what it originally said it could. GAO denied the Logistics 2020 proposal. Bill Welch, partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, discusses this in an article he wrote for the Washington Business Journal and with In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

You're probably looking at extra cash for your retirement and you might not even know it. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, he shared some advice on In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to find extra money that might help you be more comfortable during retirement.

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Friday - 04/18/2014, 03:56pm EDT
Federal News Countdown: Sequestration's impact on DoD, security-clearance plan on the way

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International, join Francis Rose to count down the week's top federal stories.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:24pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Coordinating Producer, Federal News Radio

The intelligence community is developing an agile workforce to embrace "crisis as the new normal." Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, describes some of the workforce challenges facing the Intelligence Community and the threats they're preparing for. Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson has the story.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:20pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Intelligence Community is building a system of shared IT services for all 17 of the nation's intelligence agencies. The Pentagon is doing the same for the military services. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu has this report on DoD's plan to tie those two efforts together.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 06:08pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says budget cuts are forcing the Pentagon to put all kinds of options on the table. Four billion dollars go toward the Human Resources and EEO workforce. But your agency could share that burden. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writes about why you shouldn't be scared of shared services on the ChiefHRO blog.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:58pm EDT
Dov Zakheim, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Defense Department could look a lot different if sequestration continues past fiscal 2015. DoD would invest $66 billion less in procurement and research and cut 17 joint strike fighters. The Air Force would drop its entire fleet of KC-10 tankers. The Navy would sideline six destroyers. In Depth with Francis Rose asked Dov Zakheim, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Defense Department Comptroller, if the new Pentagon report is a serious strategy document or a scare tactic.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:42pm EDT
Michael O'Connell, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

One Smithsonian museum is celebrating a big milestone this year. The National Museum of American History turns 50-years old. Federal News Radio is taking a look back at the museum's creation with a special Web feature Friday. Web editor Michael O'Connell gives In Depth with Francis Rose a preview.

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Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:27pm EDT
Industry Chatter: Darryl Hairston & Lourdes Martin-Rosa

The Small Business Administration is working with agencies across government to boost small business contracting numbers. One of the ways they're doing it is the 8a program. On Industry Chatter, Darryl Hairston, associate administrator for the 8(a) Business Development program at SBA and Lourdes Martin-Rosa, chief executive officer of GovBiz Solutions, discuss where the program is today and where it's going.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 06:18pm EDT
Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems

The intelligence community is ready to start deploying shared IT systems. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports all 17 IC agencies will use the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise or ICITE. It's just one of the big IT programs government agencies are working on. Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former CIO of the Homeland Security Department, is writing about five elements for managing a successful IT program.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 06:10pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Eight percent of the Senior Executive Service move to a different agency once while in SES. That's according to new research from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton, which suggests creating a four-tiered SES classification system. Tier four is for executives who have worked at several different agencies and lead government-wide projects. Tier one is an entry level spot for current feds. Bob Tobias, director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, explains it all to In Depth with Francis Rose

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

The federal government's pay gap between men and women is smaller than the private sector and it's closing. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column today has a pretty randy title, he says he did it to call attention to the pay debate.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:31pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is making a new push to lower the prices of its acquisition programs by asking contractors to scrub their supply chains for unnecessary costs. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service thinks it's made some progress, but that it's still paying more than it should.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:27pm EDT
Russell Rumbaugh, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

More than $1 trillion in sequestration-related cuts could put national security at risk. That's what the Defense Department argues. The Pentagon's report describes what DoD could look like if sequestration continues past fiscal 2015. Russell Rumbaugh, director of budgeting for foreign affairs and defense and senior associate at the Stimson Center, joined Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

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Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:17pm EDT
John Adams, Defense Acquisition University

The Defense Department is looking at programs to cut back or kill because of budget pressures. When you get the work to terminate your program, you don't just stop. The Defense Acquisition University's Smart Shutdown guide book tells you how to shut down the right way. John Adams, director of the specialty engineering education and training program and professor of acquisition program management and systems engineering at the Defense Acquisition University, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it's time to start deploying the project known as ICITE, a common IT environment for the entire intelligence community. More details from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:11pm EDT
Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management, OMB

Beth Cobert, the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management, spoke at a Professional Services Council luncheon this afternoon. Among her top priorities is rolling out the President's second-term management agenda. Cobert says the new plan targets the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs. She shares a preview of her long to-do list with In Depth with Francis Rose

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Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 05:06pm EDT
John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

PerformanceStat meetings are supposed to be a constructive opportunity for your employees to collaborate on your agency's priorities. But more often than not, they're probably just boring. John Kamensky, senior fellow and associate partner at the IBM Center for the Business of Government, writes about the "Secret Sauce of Effective Progress Reviews." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose cartoon characters may hold the secret to making your agency's progress reviews more valuable.

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