In Depth weekly update for May 22

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Hello friends,
This Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to remember someone who has made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy living in the greatest country in the world.
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Please find me at one of these events and say hello!
–June 2 – Federal News Radio custom media panel discussion on category management sponsored by Ernst & Young; Ken Brennan of the Department of Defense, Kevin Youel Page of GSA, and Angela Billups of HHS confirmed

–June 8 – Professional Services Council AcqTech 2015 conference, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church – moderating a panel with Anne Rung, Administrator of
Federal Procurement Policy; Tony Scott, Federal CIO (invited); and Anne Altman, IBM US Federal and Government Industries. 1st conference call was this
morning – this will be a great discussion!

–June 18 – ACT-IAC GWAC Forum, Renaissance Downtown, Washington DC – panel discussion moderator

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Some of my interviews this week:
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the people at the IRS will prevent future scandals.

Mia Beers’s team at USAID spearheaded the US reponse to Ebola in Africa, earning her a Service to America Medal finalist spot.

Thrift Savings Plan Director of External Affairs Kim Weaver details the security testing the TSP will conduct.

ATF CIO Rick Holgate reflects on two years as head of the American Council of Technology.

Former Comptroller General David Walker says agency leaders should think more like COOs.

Two former federal CIOs, Molly O’Neill and Simon Szykman, chose the 3 most important federal news stories of the week on the Federal News Countdown.

Have a great week!

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August 4, 2014 In Depth Digest: What’s next if the F-35 program fails?; more

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Federal agencies spend money on publications they can get free online, according to the Government Accountability Office’s Valerie Melvin; a legal showdown pits one part of the Federal government against another; opening America’s attic to all of America gets easier thanks to 3D technology at the Smithsonian Institution; Robert Farley of the University of Kentucky on what comes next if the F-35 program disappears; and explaining Congress’s sudden interest in the Federal work force, with Congressman Blake Farenthold.

In Depth Digest August 4, 2014

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July 28 In Depth Digest: an elite team to fix VA health care; more

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An elite team of experts could help repair the broken health care system at the Department of Veterans Affairs, says Vice Admiral Norb Ryan (USN-ret.) of the Military Officers Association of America; Charlie Crum of the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General explains how a technology transplant could make 3D printing a big part of the future of the Postal Service; James Green of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on new safety standards that could protect first responders from themselves; cyber attacks are hitting smaller Federal agencies harder than ever, but that’s no surprise to Steve Bucci of the Heritage Foundation; and Senator Jon Tester details his plan to raise the quality of the Federal work force.

In Depth Digest July 28, 2014

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July 21, 2014 In Depth Digest: special war funding may stay, even if wars end

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On this week’s In Depth Digest: progress is coming on a strategy to break down the walls between Federal agencies, according to John Kamensky of the IBM Center for the Business of Government; the FBI’s Susan Hanson on how she nailed Alabama prison officials for a brutal murder, and why her story’s not yet complete; free legal help for vets will help them navigate problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, says Jim Silkenat of the American Bar Association; Rachel Canty of Immigration and Customs Enforcement details how going online for learning is saving money and getting better results; and defense budget expert Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments believes special war funding in the Defense Department may stick around, even though the wars are supposed to be over.

In Depth Digest July 21, 2014

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July 14, 2014 In Depth Digest: Cyber Command on target after 4 years

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On this week’s In Depth Digest: Congressman Gerry Connolly on why the Senate is playing catch-up with the House; John Pendleton from the Government Accountability Office explains why a smaller headquarters might not be as cheap as the Pentagon expects; Dan Saaty of Decision Lens on why big data isn’t worth much without human judgement; former Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn explains why Cyber Command’s first four years look a lot like the Pentagon wanted them to; and Congressman Donald Payne explains his push to get parts of DHS to be able to talk to each other.

In Depth Digest July 14, 2014

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July 7, 2014 In Depth Digest: DoD could buy better using Shark Tank model

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On this week’s In Depth Digest: former General Services Administration Inspector General Brian Miller on why some Federal government IGs let their work do the talking; dinosaurs, aliens and the federal government all have Scott Borg of the National Science Foundation in common; Defense Department veterans Beth McGrath and Dave Wennergren on managing the gigantic bureaucracy at their old agency; an electronic health records success story from an unlikely source, as Jim Porter and Deanna Gephart of Immigration and Customs Enforcement explain; and some lessons in fixing acquisition practives in the military from the Shark Tank TV show, from the Navy’s Nick Guertin.

In Depth Digest July 7, 2014

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Antarctic dinosaur hunter finds 15-million-year-old water, may win award

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Discovering two new species of dinosaurs and collecting a 15-million-year-old water sample trapped half a mile below the surface of Antarctica aren’t your average day at work – unless you are Scott Borg. He’s head of the Antarctic Sciences Section in the Division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 Service to America medal finalist in the Career Achievement category. He explained the work he and his team do on my show today.

7/2/14 Scott Borg w/Francis Rose on In Depth

Also on the show today: Nick Guertin of the Navy, explaining how the TV show Shark Tank might be a model for defense acquisition reform.

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Scandals abound in Washington: explaining IRS, VA, and the border

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Three major scandals occupy the minds of the leadership class in Washington right now: the Department of Veterans Affairs, where President Obama has made public his choice of Robert McDonald as Secretary; the Internal Revenue Service, where IT professionals and leadership didn’t follow Federal government record-keeping law, according to National Archives head David Ferriero; and the crisis on the southwest border, where President Obama says he’ll act on his own – without Congress – to deal with the flood of immigrant children coming across the border, and keep more from coming.  I talked about all of these topics with John Batchelor and guest co-host Thaddeus McCotter on The John Batchelor Show last night.

6/30/14 Francis Rose on John Batchelor Show

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