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2:33 pm, April 28, 2015

Radio Interviews

Find and listen to every interview heard on Federal News Radio's daily radio programs, The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp (6-9 a.m.), and In Depth with Francis Rose (4-7 p.m.).

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:01am EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security

The politics that surround illegal immigration are thorny, but so are the logistics. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general has chastised the department for sending detainees home on nearly empty flights and failing to record critical information about those detainees, like whether or not they belong to gangs. IG John Roth says the department could have saved more than $40 million through better planning. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer a solution.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:15pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Two appropriations bills come to the floor of the House of Representatives this week. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says it's the earliest budget bills have been on the floor since 1974. Congress is free to focus all of its attention on passing 2016 budget plans for your agency. But plans to pass them might run into a political stonewall. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he described potential strategies for both sides of the aisle during the budget negotiations.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

A multi-billion dollar construction portfolio at the Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering from schedule delays and cost overruns. Those issues are now a $1 billion headache for the VA. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he explained why he told the Senate Veterans' Affairs committee some of those problems are getting worse.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

A toxic political environment is the number one reason people leave the senior executive service, according to exit surveys with the Office of Personnel Management. More than half say senior leadership and their agency's organizational structure aren't helping either. Bob Tobias is professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose and guest co-host Karen Evans, he analyzed OPM's exit survey results, and how many senior executives feel they could be convinced to stay on the job.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:09pm EDT
Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Two new bills on cybersecurity and information sharing are through the House of Representatives. One of them deals with liability protections that's been a sore spot for private sector companies. Karen Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former Administrator of E-government at the Office of Management and Budget. She submitted comments on one of the bills, and described them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:34am EDT
Rebecca Richards, Privacy and Civil Liberties Director, NSA

The National Security Agency went into crisis mode after contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of its massive spying enterprise. One of the things it did was hire a privacy and civil liberties officer. Rebecca Richards got that job, and says it's more than just words on paper. She's determined to implement effective safeguards. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained more about her mission.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:27am EDT
Jason Olsen, President, Federal Employees with Disabilities

The federal government aims to be a model employer, welcoming diversity and fostering an inclusive environment. To that end, it's hiring people with disabilities at the fastest clip in decades. Eighteen percent of new hires in 2013 reported they had some sort of disability. But problems remain. Today, Federal Employees with Disabilities, a grassroots organization, has paired with a group representing Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual and Transgendered feds. They're holding a training program with some big speakers lined up. Jason Olson is the group's president. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a glimpse behind the conference curtain.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:23am EDT
Jack Harrington, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

The Super Bowl of cyber competitions just wrapped up this weekend. Ten teams competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas. Showcases like this one, in which teams show off the skills to protect cyber networks from intruders, are becoming a popular way for companies to scout new and sorely needed talent. But the government needs those people too. Jack Harrington is the vice president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon, which hosted last weekend's event. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what agencies are taking away from competitions like this.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:36am EDT
Todd Akers, Vice President of Public Sector, Acquia

A lot of people today have their heads in the cloud the digital cloud that is. And if open-cloud providers like Acquia have their way, more in the government will follow suit. Acquia itself had some progress on that front recently, securing deals with the Justice Department and other government entities to use its Drupal open-cloud software. Todd Akers is the vice president of public sector at Acquia. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how Drupal came to be.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

For about eight years, Jimmy Sones was the top financial official at the Defense Information Systems Agency. He's still a member of the Senior Executive Service, but his only real job these days is co-chairing an obscure Pentagon study group on financial management software. A pair of senators think there's reason to believe his reassignment was in retaliation for blowing the whistle on financial irregularities at DISA. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about it as part of this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:22pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Twenty-four federal employees earn the 2014 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for outstanding service to the country. That's about half as many people who won the award in 2012. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the decline in recognition of federal employees who go above and beyond in public service.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 04:07pm EDT
John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government

The Office of Management and Budget is ramping up its oversight on how well agencies are meeting their two and four-year priority goals. OMB is also pushing agencies to beef up their own strategic reviews, too. John Kamensky is a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the results from the latest round of agency-run reviews.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:40am EDT
Blane Dessy, Acting Executive Director, FEDLINK

What does it take to run a federal library these days? You could look to the Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox, or the small medical library at Walter Reed in Bethesda. Both are winners of this year's Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) awards. Blane Dessy is the acting executive director of FEDLINK. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the awards.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:08am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The top acquisition officials from each of the military branches told Congress this week that when it comes to the next round of acquisition reform, less is more. They asked lawmakers to help thin the layers of oversight in the procurement process, empower program managers to make decisions and hold them accountable when they fail. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:07am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, FederalNewsRadio.com

Want to grouse about your agency? You've got a new outlet. Congressman Mark Meadows, who heads the House panel that oversees the federal workforce, has opened an email tip line. Just send a note to TellMark@mail.house.gov. But will feds use it? FederalNewsRadio.com managing editor Julia Ziegler debated that on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:04am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The House made it two-for-two this week by passing another cyber information-sharing bill. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. They also approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. With the passage by the House, and at least initial support from the White House, these two bills are closer to becoming law than any previous attempts to improve public-private cyber information sharing. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details and analysis.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:46am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal cyber experts are raising the prospect that tens of thousands more federal employees could be at risk of identity theft from a corporate cyber breach than first reported. At issue is the U.S. Investigative Services breach in August. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on these new concerns, and what is being done to shore up contractor systems.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:44am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will unveil a new Pentagon cyber strategy today. It's expected to revise his department's approach to cyberspace to account for a number of technological and policy changes over the last several years. Officials say Carter also will announce several new initiatives intended to make DoD more capable of adopting cutting-edge commercial technologies for the protection of its networks, and build tighter linkages between the department and Silicon Valley. DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further preview the plan.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:06am EDT
Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Workhorse Group, Inc.

The Postal Service is planning to buy 180,000 new vehicles over the next three years. It wants those new trucks to have better safety equipment and fuel mileage than the current fleet. Mail-carriers driving the new trucks will need more room, with parcel business up 20 percent over the past five years. Steve Burns is chief executive officer at Workhorse Group, Inc. That's one of several companies bidding on the new Postal truck. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on his company's design, which includes a drone to lighten the load.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:03am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration gets her job back after being fired for being pregnant. TSA ruled Amanda Kincannon's pregnancy made her "unfit for duty" and subsequently fired her. The decision was eventually overruled by TSA's internal review board, and she was recently reinstated. The incident was made public by the American Federation of Government Employees. Debra Roth, a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some more insight into this case. She said it's not exactly unheard of.

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