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11:42 am, April 26, 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 - 03/24/2015, 09:52am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

The White House has chosen a group of two dozen federal employees to offer advice on potential changes to the Senior Executive Service. They come from many facets of government. Their mission is to improve the way senior executives are recruited, hired, developed and retained. Will they be successful? John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer his take.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:02pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the defense reform legislation he'll introduce this week will include a focus on DoD's acquisition workforce and strengthening the place of program managers in the chain of command. Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) says Congress shouldn't try to fix the DoD procurement system all in one year, but it's time to get started. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:46pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A fake building is in the spotlight as a possible measure of how the Administration's budget request is going. The reception to the request could indicate how much Republicans want to cooperate with the White House. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and author of the Hawkings Here blog, writes a column Monday titled, "Why the GOP Will Likely Attack the Potemkin White House." On In Depth with Francis Rose, David revealed the fake building and why you should pay attention to it.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Beryl Davis, Director of Financial Management and Assurance, GAO

Federal government agency improper payments are up almost $20 billion. The Government Accountability Office says its fiscal 2014 audit revealed agencies racked up a total of about $125 billion in improper payments. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the root causes of the spending errors.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:38pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

An option to bring young talent to your agency is available through the Partnership for Public Service. The Federal Student Ambassadors program helps agencies connect with specific universities and colleges. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the program works and other ways your agency can reach out to potential new employees.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies, CSBA

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley tells the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower that out of eight shipyards in the United States, half are one contract away from being what he calls "not viable." Bryan Clark, senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the health of the maritime contracting industry.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Small businesses could soon compete for contracts in more industries, according to a new bill from House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio). He introduces the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act. It's looking at industries that don't do much government business and ways to attract those small businesses to compete. It also sets an annual small business goal for each agency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the bill and how it could impact your agency.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 04:19pm EDT
Brian McGrath, CIO, Census Bureau

Six guiding principles govern the information technology preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census at the Census Bureau. Shared services, mobile and information security are some of the principles on the list. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Brian McGrath, chief information officer of the Census Bureau, said the first guiding principle of the Bureau's plan for 2020 is "cloud first."

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 09:29am EDT
Dorian Cougias, Founder, Unified Compliance Framework

Cybersecurity compliance standards are enough to have tech managers' heads spinning. You're monitoring your system, but are you sure you're looking for the right things? When a vulnerability or even an attack occurs, everyone's got to have the same understanding. Dorian Cougias is cofounder of the Unified Compliance Framework. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he talked about the compliance understanding gap between agencies and contractors.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 09:23am EDT
Jesse Holler, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

When the Obama administration released its 2016 budget request last month, it left some areas sort of blank. Case in point: The IT spending details for the Navy and Army, two of the biggest technology spenders in the government. Bloomberg Government analysts raided the IT dashboard this month to find some of the missing data. Bloomberg quantitative analyst Jesse Holler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a clearer picture of Army and Navy IT plans.

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Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:56am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Pay cuts and pay raises are always top of mind for federal employees. Now, with the 2016 budget debate opening up, several bills are taking aim at those pay levels and benefits. And that's prompted a lot of comments from you at FederalNewsRadio.com. Web manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay what you and your colleagues are saying.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The idea of letting federal employees do government business on their personal mobile devices makes a lot of agencies nervous. The Defense Department, for years, has been one of the most nervous agencies of all. But that rigid rejection of BYOD might be loosening up just a bit. The Pentagon's planning its own test of BYOD a few months from now. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about that test as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:15pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Retirement experts at some agencies aren't exactly sure what they used to be. One agency requires retirement counselors to switch jobs after two or three years. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why it's more important than ever to understand the retirement process yourself.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 05:03pm EDT
Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C) proposed a bill that would cut federal employee pay by 8.7 percent if the employee makes over $100,000 a year. Uniformed military personnel are exempt. In our Congressional Spotlight, Rice tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he chose the percentage cut he chose and why he wants to cut federal pay in the first place.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:16am EDT
Kevin McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Few agencies have been busier than Customs and Border Protection. Its Global Entry program just enrolled its 2 millionth member. The agency is on the front lines of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. With summer approaching, CBP agents are on alert for another possible influx of illegal immigrants from South America. Overseeing day to day operations is the new deputy commissioner, Kevin McAleenan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on his tenure.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:14am EDT
Paul Scharre, Director, 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security

The Defense Department has to look past the current budget struggles and try to see the long-term future. Paul Scharre is the director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security. A former Army Ranger and Pentagon expert on unmanned systems, he's done a lot of thinking about long term military affairs. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a look beyond fiscal 2016.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 09:08am EDT
Matt Rumsey, Director, Advisory Committee on Transparency, Sunlight Foundation

The government has started releasing comprehensive indexes of data showing how agencies operate and conduct oversight. That's in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sunlight Foundation. It's been more than a year in the making, and most of the data has never been publicly identified before. Matt Rumsey, the director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on just what's in those indexes.

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Friday - 03/20/2015, 06:13am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House lawmakers and Veterans Affairs' IT officials continue to spar over the data security of millions of veterans. In the latest episode, VA Committee lawmakers say the agency suffered another nation state cyber attack. But IT officials say they have seen no evidence of such an attack. Federal News Radio's Executive editor Jason Miller joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with details on this ongoing cybersecurity drama.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff, Army Reserve

As one of the military's highest-ranking women and its first openly gay general, Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, has a busy speaking calendar, especially around this time of year. It's women's history month. Smith is the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve, which prides itself on having women in 95 percent of its occupations. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp asked Smith whether she thought the Army Reserve was more welcoming to women than other parts of the military.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:48pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Top Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending simply won't work for the military. But they also have serious misgivings about the plan House Republicans released this week to increase the DoD budget. They say it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of constant uncertainty. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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