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3:21 am, January 29, 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.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:25pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith describes the type of people needed to populate the new digital services offices across government in a simple way: TQ. So what kind of person is that? Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller describes Smith's formula on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:24pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he intends to put acquisition reform language into this year's defense authorization bill. McCain said he's not sure yet what form that language will take but is sure of one thing: The uniformed chiefs of the military services need to be put back into the acquisition chain of command. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:22pm EST
Jim Russo, Network Services 2020, GSA

Federal agencies are seeing an explosion in the use of satellite services. A lot of that growth is happening the defense and national security sectors, but it's not all happening there. Mary Davie, the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, writes about the explosion on her Great Government Through Technology blog. Jim Russo is the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Technical Lead at GSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the DoD connection is important in the satellite category.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:17pm EST
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:14pm EST
Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The Department of Defense is making another push for an electronic health record system. One factor is interoperability with the system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. EHRs, and a functional, interoperable system, may become a national security asset. Phil Carter is senior fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans & Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. He participated in a CNAS event called A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes. Dr. Karen Guice -- the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs -- was one of the speakers. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what his takeaways were from the event.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:12pm EST
Ray Chandler, Sergeant Major of the Army

Friday is the last day of service for Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler. He will retire as the top enlisted man in the Army after nearly 34 years of service. He's the 14th Sergeant Major, and his main job is advisor to Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what thoughts are top-of-mind for him as he prepares to wind down his service.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 11:24am EST
TSP investors get a bargain in 2014

Retirement plan participants last year paid less than 29 cents in administrative costs for every $1,000 they invested, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's Kim Weaver told Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 09:10am EST
Wednesday federal headlines - January 28, 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 man who flew a drone onto the White House lawn works for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, health care enrollment is getting closer to the Obama administration's goal and there's a little less gobbledygook coming from the federal government.

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:43pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks get a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes about a year and a half after the VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the report and what it means for veterans' data.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:38pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Earlier this month, the Defense Information Systems Agency announced a major reorganization. It says the changes would help drive cybersecurity into everything the agency does. But DISA will never have unlimited resources, so it's now moving toward a "risk management" approach to cybersecurity: Accepting risk in some areas so that it can make sure that what really matters is highly secure. The risk management executive is a new position within the agency's organizational chart. DISA Risk Management Executive Mark Orndorff talked about the new cyber philosophy with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:35pm EST
Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

Federal agencies are experiencing a drought of IT professionals. The best way to get around it is to build an elite team of IT experts that can spearhead innovation at your agency. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient, and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ideas for how to build that elite cadre of IT professionals.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:32pm EST
John Pendleton, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO

The Defense Department knows it wants to reduce the size of its headquarters, but it doesn't know exactly how. John Pendleton, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the Pentagon should plan to trim down its management offices.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:30pm EST
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A new outreach initiative at the Thrift Savings Plan comes from their Enterprise Risk Management Office. That Office is about two years old. The TSP wants the longest list possible of potential risks to their operation. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the TSP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the ERM Office's new effort will look at risk in a number of different ways.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 04:13pm EST
Steve Beltz, Senior Consultant, Guidance Software

Federal agencies need three critical ingredients in place for data to make a lasting impact on their mission. That's according to Steve Beltz, senior consultant for Guidance Software, and former assistant director of the Recovery Operations Center for the RAT Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he promoted the "three-legged stool approach" to federal agency data.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 08:09am EST
Tuesday federal headlines - January 27, 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, federal employees get an extra two hours this morning, a former Army prosecutor has been found guilty of rape and other sexual assault charges against multiple victims and a government employee has come forward to say he was the one who flew the drone that crashed yesterday on the White House grounds.

Monday - 01/26/2015, 05:04pm EST
David Hawkings, senior editor, Roll Call

Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Chairman Grassley's plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:46pm EST
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:42pm EST
Tim McManus, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Potential new federal employees looking for the perfect job can read the data to help them find it. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one place they should start looking is at the annual Best Places to Work survey.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:34pm EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs began the biggest transformation in its history with a simple premise: everyone working from the same starting point. VA announced today the first of what likely will be many reorganizations, starting with its regional map. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss where VA's transformation is heading.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:30pm EST
Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University

A greater diplomatic presence in potential conflict spots will save the country from military action. That presence depends on growing the collaboration between the diplomatic community, the intelligence community and the military community. Ryan Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and others. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said diplomats should be equal partners with their colleagues across government.

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