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6:22 am, May 27, 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.

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Internal Revenue Service says it's notifying more than 100,000 taxpayers that their personal information was stolen from IRS data systems. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the data breach appears to have spanned about three months, and it appears to be the work of a highly-organized criminal syndicate.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:36pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Discretionary spending for civilian agencies dropped 7 percent next year over 2015 levels, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. But the committee's Democrats aren't happy about that. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where Congress left some of its biggest appropriations negotiations before this week's recess.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Cabinet-level agencies across government are developing their digital services strategies. Those teams will be innovation drivers throughout the Executive Branch. But eventually you'll have to do something with that innovation. Rory Schultz, deputy chief information officer at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, talking about innovation is fine, but eventually it will be time to move.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, American University

A Senate hearing last week on civil service reform drummed up little interest, and there was little movement toward any legislation. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said his subcommittee was in a "listening stage" now. Bob Tobias, professor within the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, said it shouldn't be so hard to gather members of Congress, the administration, agency and union leaders to talk about civil service reform. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government has done it already.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Ram Murthy, CIO, Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board needs help upgrading its legacy systems. The agency has 200 major applications systems, with about 7 million lines of COBOL. The RRB is asking for $12 million through fiscal 2017 to modernize all of its applications and get rid of its legacy systems. Ram Murthy, chief information officer for the Railroad Retirement Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the first phase of the project.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 07:35am EDT
Tuesday federal headlines - May 26, 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 Senate has voted to make it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq that the United States supports its fight against Islamic State militants and a labor union wants the government to follow the lead of Los Angeles and raise minimum wage.

Monday - 05/25/2015, 02:31pm EDT
Nominee Roth says she'll keep good things going at GSA

Denise Turner Roth, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the General Services Administration says, if confirmed, she'll make sure recent reforms are woven into the agency's fabric.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Denise Turner Roth, Acting Administrator, GSA

Denise Turner Roth is the acting administrator of the General Services Administraton. President Obama proposes to make her the permanent administrator. In an exclusive interview, she tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her priorities for the agency if she's confirmed and how she and her team decided what those priorities should be.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Government addresses 37 percent of the 440 areas of overlap the Government Accountability Office identified in the last five years. And new editions of government waste books from Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggest agencies could spend less time on catfish inspections and bomb-sniffing elephants and more time on new technology and shared services. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about four ways to redesign the Executive Branch.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:50pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration finds the Internal Revenue Service's changes to its exempt organizations unit should prevent another scandal like the one that hit the agency almost two years ago. John Koskinen, commissioner of the IRS, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why another scandal couldn't happen again.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:53pm EDT
USAID's Beers provides 'tremendous' leadership during response to Ebola outbreak

The Partnership for Public Service recently named Mia Beers as a 2015 Sammies finalist for leading the U.S. Agency for International Development Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team's efforts during the last year's Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 02:22pm EDT
Why Koskinen says the IRS won't cause another scandal

It's the IRS' employees, rather than its rules, who will keep the agency out of trouble, Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 11:39am EDT
GAO: Most agencies meeting requirements to improve records management

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives issued a set of requirements in 2012 for agencies to improve their electronic records management. A new Government Accountability Office report says most agencies are meeting those requirements, but some still have more work to do.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 08:10am EDT
Friday federal headlines - May 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, Denise Turner Roth gets a shot at becoming permanent administration at the GSA, the White House wants to teach old dogs some new tricks and a lawmaker slams the Small Business Administration for flaws in the procurement process.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Mia Beers, Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division, USAID

The number of Ebola cases reaches its peak in Liberia in September, with 300 new cases a week. By December, they were down to 30 a week. Mia Beers is a leader of the U.S. Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team and director of the Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division at USAID. She led 40 people from the agency, and she coordinated the work of four other federal agencies to train health care workers, set up laboratories and do "contact tracing" to find people who came into contact with the disease. Beers is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her strategy in West Africa.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:18pm EDT
Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management, GAO

Most agencies are doing a better job of managing their government records. Twenty-four agencies have seven requirements to improve record management. It's part of a directive the National Archives and Records Administration and Office of Management and Budget issued back in 2012. But the Government Accountability Office says five agencies have more work to do. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Valerie Melvin, director of information management and technology resources issues at the GAO, says some agencies didn't think the requirements were mandatory.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:15pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The Veterans Affairs Department acquisition official Jan Frye alleges millions of dollars of improper spending at VA through the use of purchase cards and other problems. The response from Secretary Robert McDonald is that Mr. Frye now knows what work remains for him to fix. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose, about the purchase cards and whether they're actually a problem.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Dan Goure, Vice President, Lexington Institute

The average rate of return for companies in the defense market is lower than any other development or manufacturing space. And there are few other incentives for companies to join the market. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Dan Goure, vice president of the Lexington Institute, says vendors don't want to get involved in a defense market that's more complicated and complex than ever.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

The Internal Revenue Service pulls the plug on a contract with TaxSlayer, after the IRS realizes the proposal is non-compliant. The agency reopens the competition, and TaxSlayer's competitor wins this time. But the IRS is concerned about the transition and cancels the procurement. Bill Welch, a partner with McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, what lessons contractors can learn from this particular case.

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Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:07pm EDT
Kevin Plexico, Vice President for Research, Deltek

Contract spending trends steadily downward over the past three years, thanks to years of budget cuts and sequestration. Kevin Plexico, vice president of research at Deltek, is looking at whether that trend will continue. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what challenges the budget might create next fiscal year.

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