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6:59 pm, December 20, 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.).

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:22pm EST
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

The Veterans Affairs Department fails its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row. The State Department shuts down its unclassified email system, and the National Weather Service and the Postal Service report cyber attacks. It's all happening as agencies are deploying their continuous diagnostics and mitigation plans while they maintain their FISMA compliance environments. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, and former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the latest chain of events may mean for the future of cybersecurity policies.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:15pm EST
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Some new choices may be coming to your Thrift Savings Plan account, but you won't see those choices for a while. First, the TSP board wants to know the best way to offer those choices. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what may become part of your TSP account.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:10pm EST
Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

The Senate armed services committee and its subcommittees will have more than a dozen new members when the 114th Congress starts in January. And the House and Senate armed services committees will both have new chairs, since both Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are retiring. That count comes from the Military Officers Association of America. On In Depth with Francis Rose, MOAA president and CEO, retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said the new political landscape means his group has a lot of work ahead to educate the new Congress on how to legislate on behalf of the military community.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:55am EST
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The Veterans Affairs Department finally fired Terry Gerigk Wolf last week. The former director of the Pittsburgh VA center had been on paid leave since June following a review of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak that claimed the lives of six patients there. Wolf is the fourth senior executive to be removed under the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what that firing means for the future of due process protections for federal employees.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:49am EST
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Mergers and acquisitions are an ongoing feature of corporate America. When mergers and acquisitions occur among federal contractors, sometimes the government sits up and takes notice. A few merger and acquisition deals have taken place recently among contractors. Jonathan Aberman, founder of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some examples.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:42am EST
Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, Harris Corporation

Budget pressures on the Defense Department have driven down spending on research and development. That gives the military less say in developments that might give battlefield superiority. But industry can help with a class of products known as non-developmental items. Retired Maj. Gen. Dennis Moran, now with Harris Corporation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:39am EST
Melissa Emrey-Arras, Government Accountability Office

Auditors say federally-run Native American schools need more oversight on spending. A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the schools improperly spent nearly $14 million. In one case, a hacker transferred $1.7 million from a school to an off-shore bank account. Melissa Emrey-Arras is director of Education, Workforce and Income Security Issues at GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss GAO's findings.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:30am EST
James Tuchschmidt, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced wait times for tens of thousands of veterans seeking health care. Part of the progress comes from the congressionally-mandated Veterans Choice program. It requires the VA to issue choice cards to vets so they can seek medical care from private providers with VA footing the bill. VA issued the first batch of cards this month. James Tuchschmidt, acting principal deputy undersecretary for health at the VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the rollout and the program.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:44pm EST
Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, Director for Exercises and Training, Cyber Command

U.S. Cyber Command is reviewing the results of its biggest exercise of the year. CYBERFLAG is designed to test out the military forces' ability to keep fighting when an adversary is attacking their networks, and to link up cyber forces with the more traditional air, sea, land and space domains. Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday is Cyber Command's director for exercises and training. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the exercise -- and the three types of teams involved in it -- with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:26pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department is preparing its holiday catalog. It is loaded with shared services though, instead of lovely gift ideas. Treasury is opening the door for industry to participate in the governmentwide effort. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Treasury's plans. He joins

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:24pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

No more shutdowns is a promise both Speaker John Boehner (R-Nev.) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have made. So why are people whispering about another shutdown on Capitol Hill? David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call -- on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the chances for another repeat.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:17pm EST
David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

The three biggest landlords in the federal government don't know how much federal agencies are actually using their own property. The Government Accountability Office reports one thinks almost all of its warehouses are in use, when in reality some of them are sitting empty and forgotten. David Wise is Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the latest results in the ongoing effort to rightsize the federal real property portfolio.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:15pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

About half of federal agencies have a central office dedicated to performance management, according to the Government Accountability Office. But only about half of those agencies actually get consistent funding to keep their performance offices running. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered some ideas for how to improve the federal performance management system.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:50am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

You might have heard that baby boomers are no longer babies, and most of them have grandchildren. Federal boomers are retiring in waves. So who replaces them? The Office of Personnel Management is overhauling the government's recruiting tools to attract tech-savvy millennials who might not be charmed by stuffy job descriptions or bureaucratic websites. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss OPM's new strategy.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:49am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department isn't getting ready for the holiday buying season with its new catalog of shared services. Rather, Treasury is opening the door for industry to participate in the governmentwide effort. In his biweekly feature, Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about Treasury's plans. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the next step to move the government toward shared services for financial management.

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Monday - 11/17/2014, 09:22am EST
Dr. John Dye, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

The pace of new Ebola infections appears to have leveled off, but its too early declare victory. A lot of work is going on behind the scenes, on the research front. Army scientists are working on a vaccine for Ebola. With troops being deployed to West Africa to help control and treat the outbreak, Army scientists are taking the most advanced vaccines forward as quickly as possible. Dr. John Dye is the viral immunology branch chief at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the Army, research into infectious diseases has a long history.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:26pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A two-pronged approach to building the workforce of the 21st century is coming from the Office of Personnel Management. Director Katherine Archuleta says the strategy includes some technology, some new approaches to old problems and some old-fashioned glad handing. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the two employee groups that form the two prongs of the OPM strategy.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs just found out that independent auditors have given their IT security program a failing grade for the 16th year in a row. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on the security shortcomings and what VA says it's doing to fix them.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:24pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Open season 2014 is underway. Feds who turn 65 next year are facing a decision whether or not to enroll in Medicare Part B. If they enroll, they'll be paying an additional $1,200 on top of what they already pay for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the pros and cons of enrolling in Part B.

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Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:17pm EST
Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst, Forrester

The President's Management Agenda includes a big customer service component. Deputy Director for Management at OMB, Beth Cobert, details how she expects your agency to improve its customer service experience. Rick Parrish, senior analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals at Forrester, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what to expect in the year ahead.

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