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9:09 am, October 30, 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 - 10/29/2014, 04:55pm EDT
Greg Godbout, Executive Director, 18F Program, GSA

The General Services Administration's 18F innovation lab is moving out of the start-up phase and into the small business stage. Part of the growth of 18F comes from looking at common roadblocks in government a little differently. Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's 18F, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how 18F is growing its staff and beginning to impact federal procurement.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Defense is planning a major ramp-up in its effort to deploy Apple and Android devices. The Pentagon has been working on fitting modern mobile devices into the Defense Department's cybersecurity regime for several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports DoD expects to adopt 40,000 of those smartphones and tablets by the end of next year.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:43pm EDT
Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Leadership at the top of the Defense Department believes the United States military is in danger of losing its technological edge over the rest of the world. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports the Defense Department is already trying to save money by changing its acquisition policies for major projects in the technology development phase. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, and co-director of the "Beyond Offset" project. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways the U.S. military can maintain its military edge.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

The midterm elections are less than a week away now, and a lame-duck session of Congress follows that. The House and Senate may try to pass a budget plan for your agency fiscal 2015. But they will also need to do a Defense Authorization Act. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president of public sector for the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors and agencies need to keep an eye on the future of the 2015 version of the Act.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

One concept could change the way the Federal government does business. Dan Tangherlini is the Administrator of the General Services Administration and addressed the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that concept is one the federal government has proven before it can execute.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A very experienced investment expert thinks you're in good shape, retirement-wise. Kim Weaver is Director of the Office of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she talked about the Wall Street executive that thinks between the TSP and your pension, you're in pretty nice shape.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Investment king tells TSP Board: Feds are in good shape for retirement

Larry Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock, spoke at a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the Thrift Savings Plan.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 08:39am EDT
Wednesday federal headlines - October 29, 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, an Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are in isolation at a base in Italy, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson orders beefed up security at certain federal buildings and the Obama administration is scrambling to show it's in charge of the Ebola response.

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Kathy Conrad, acting Associate Administrator, GSA OCSIT

Customer service initiatives are popping up all across government. Many them are based in customer service work the General Services Administration does in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Kathy Conrad is acting Associate Administrator at GSA's OCSIT, and was at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll take home lessons learned and put them to work at her agency.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development phase, commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller discussed the current and future impact of BBP.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative, Federally Employed Women

Midterm elections are exactly one week away. But no matter what happens to the political power balance in the legislative branch, it'll be hard for the next group to do much less for federal employees than the 113th Congress did. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. FEW gives out legislative score cards for each session of Congresss. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Janet said the most recent scores were hard to decide.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Cross agency priorities get much of the focus so far in the President's Management Agenda for the rest of President Barack Obama's second term. But the PMA officially has four major components. Beth Cobert, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, laid out the four components in a keynote speech at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia last night. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why she'll push hard on the agenda for the rest of the administration.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 08:45am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - October 28, 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, cost-cutting at the Postal Service leads to slower mail delivery, military services are giving employees travel cards to pay for all of their moving expenses and FDA gives an emergency go-ahead for two new Ebola tests.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

Employee engagement at agencies across the federal government is either consistently great, consistently not-so-great, or consistently inconsistent. This year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows agencies that have historically at the top are still at the top, while the agencies at the bottom are still at the bottom (when it comes to employee satisfaction). The ones in the middle are all over the place. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he analyzed this year's survey results.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Five out of five federal agencies fall short in meeting the customer service improvements Congress said it wanted to see four years ago. The Government Accountability Office looked at selected quintet of agencies to see if they have all the key elements necessary for high-quality customer service. GAO says all five are missing at least one critical piece of that puzzle. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he broke down what each agency needs to improve their customer service scores.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

A gap of mistrust is forming between senior managers and their employees across the federal government. The results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show federal employees are taking an increasingly dim view of the senior leaders in their agencies. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he said federal agencies are treading on a dangerous path right now regarding workplace standards.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:26pm EDT
John Wrobel and Devon Rust, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Reaching the Army's Net Zero Water goals is a little easier for Aberdeen Proving Ground. It finds a way to recycle water from a previously contaminated stream on base, and reuse it to heat some of its buildings. APG says it will save about $400,000 a year in water costs, and $64 million by the end of the 23-year contract. John Wrobel is the acting chief and Devon Rust is the installation energy manager for the Directorate of Public Works at Aberdeen Proving Ground. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained how the project is saving them money and energy.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Mikey Dickerson, Administrator, US Digital Service

The new U.S. Digital Service is working with agencies across government to triage IT problems and get programs back on track. The infrastructure for the Service came out of the lessons learned from fixing the problems with HealthCare.gov. Mikey Dickerson is Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose -- and in his first interview since he took over -- he explained the mission of the Service, and why industry shouldn't worry about the Service trying to cut in on its business.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 03:59pm EDT
Col. David Chapman, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

The doors are now open for the last of three new buildings at the Defense Language Insititute Foreign Language Center. That's just one of the recent changes at the world-class language training institute in Monterrey, California. It also has a new commandant, as of this past May. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Col. David Chapman talked about what's new at DLI at at the Presidio of Monterrey.

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