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8:36 am, September 21, 2014

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.).

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new program debuts on Federal News Radio. We're introducing you to the people behind some of the most important, difficult and complex work in the federal government. Emily Kopp hosts the debut program of "Federal Voices." She tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she's covering.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The deadline is coming quickly for you if you're planning to retire this year. The first step is to figure out what you need to turn into the Office of Personnel Management. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a list of steps you need to follow if you want to retire before the end of the year.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:09pm EDT
Michael McKeown, FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit

The FBI will channel more people and resources into its Pittsburgh office. It's a reward for the cybersecurity team that's credited for catching five Chinese military leaders stealing trade secrets, and a Russian-based cyber crime ring that stole about $100 million from banks around the world. Michael McKeown is supervisory special agent for the Associate Division Counsel, part of the FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit based in Pittsburgh. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the cybersecurity effort that earned the extra resources.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:25am EDT
Carlton Hadden, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jordan Sims, Organization Relations & Programs, Project Management Institute

Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years after intelligence community leaders agreed it was time to consolidate their IT systems into a shared infrastructure, the project has moved from a planning and piloting phase. IC officials say they're well on their way toward implementation. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Hiring a million more federal employees is one solution to the "doing more with less" problem. Former Bush administration official John DiIulio proposed that in the Washington Post recently. He argues more employees overseeing the performance and spending of government projects will lead to cost savings and less bureaucracy. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the size of the federal government is really just a matter of perspective.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

The Air Force might be on a path to insolvency because of its weapons contracts, so it's reinventing its approach to focus more on strategic sourcing. Your agency could probably use some reinvention of its own, especially in the case of large IT contracts. That's according to Richard Spires -- he's CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the right relationship an IT contractor needs to have with your agency's contract program office.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close existing and potential holes in HealthCare.gov. Marilyn Tavenner, the CMS administrator, promises members of the House the site will be more secure when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about CMS's plans and some concerns in Congress over the security of HealthCare.gov.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:13pm EDT
J. David Cox, President, AFGE

New leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department has its union, the American Federation of Government Employees, are hoping for better times ahead. VA is just one agency working to repair relations between unionized employees and their managers. Some unions within the National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations say agencies are shutting them out their meetings before making decisions. J. David Cox, president of AFGE, tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp why pre-decisional involvement is important to unions and employees.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Steve Goodrich, CEO, Center for Organizational Excellence

"Keep it simple" may be the leading-edge advice for your operational strategy soon. Steve Goodrich is president and CEO of the Center for Organizational Excellence. He's writing under the title Cutting Through the Red Tape: It's Time To Sweat The Small Stuff. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said timing is one of the reasons you should look at your budget with a magnifying glass.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:23am EDT
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

Nothing like a good scandal to rouse Congress into spending money and enacting reform. The latest example is the Veterans' Affairs Department. Blame for the scheduling problems and cover up is scattered everywhere. Congress singled out the Senior Executive Service, giving the VA Secretary summary dismissal authority. Now a House bill would double the probation period for new SES managers, and take back salary if an SESer is demoted. Cheri Cannon, partner at Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update on these developments.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:17am EDT
Deborah Lee James, Secretary, Air Force

The Air Force has a list of priorities for fiscal year 2015. They include eliminating 21 general officer billets, addressing the problems with an aging fleet of aircraft and dealing with a budget designed to shrink the force. Still, Secretary Deborah Lee James says the service is in good shape. As the Air Force celebrates its 67th birthday, James gave Tom Temin a status report on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing to be the next undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. Deyo, former Johnson & Johnson executive, says getting DHS to have standard financial data will be among his top priorities if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained what to expect from Deyo's management plans on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Russell Deyo sailed through his nomination hearing Wednesday to be the next undersecretary of management at the Homeland Security Department. Deyo comes to DHS after working as an executive at Johnson & Johnson. He says standard financial data will be among his top priorities if the Senate confirms him. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he learned about Deyo's management plans.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:35pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army and Air Force take a big step forward in their plan to build a shared cybersecurity infrastructure for their bases in the continental U.S. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the first base is now up and running under that joint security architecture. Several more are expected to follow suit in rapid fashion.

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Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Bill Greenwalt, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The Defense Department and Congress are trying too hard to reinvent the wheel in their debates on acquisition reform. That's according to Bill Greenwalt -- he's former deputy under secretary of defense for industrial policy -- and now a fellow of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He says the Pentagon should look back to the 1950s as a model for defense acquisition reform.

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