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11:37 pm, March 5, 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.).

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:56pm EST
Kidder: Carter should 'critically rethink' DoD workforce

Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter says ending sequestration is critical for the Pentagon's long-term success. But in his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee today, he said defense spending reform is just as large a priority for him. Katherine Kidder is research associate for the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered priorities for the next Defense Secretary's reform agenda.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:54pm EST
Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, CNAS

Defense Secretary nominee Ash Carter called on Congress to figure out a way to move on from sequestration. In his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, he said failure to do that will have a dangerous impact on the future of the Defense Department. Shawn Brimley is executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he outlined a strategy for the next SecDef's tenure.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 10:03am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration's 18F has more business than it can handle. The special software development team has agreements with about 17 agencies. That's bringing in a constant stream of work. That demand for development is driving a new blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for agile development services. It needs to offer alternative sources for agencies needing fast turnaround applications. Greg Godbout is the executive director of 18F. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tells executive editor Jason Miller about plans to get the BPA up and running in the coming year.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:25am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

One of the worst mistakes a company can make in performing a government contract is to treat its customer exactly the same way it treats its commercial customers. Because the government is a very different animal. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." This week he explores the fifth commandment: You shall document your actions. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained why that concept is more urgent in federal space than the commercial one.

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Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 09:16am EST
Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

As part of the Obama administration's strategy for dealing with immigration, immigration enforcement and customs and border patrol officers have new orders. They must now ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify to avoid deportation. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release. It means a lot for work and a new change in mind-set for Customs and Border Protection agents. Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how it's going.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:57pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies obligated more than $18 billion in spending against the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services over the last five years. And one vendor got more than 10 percent of that revenue. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the winners under Alliant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those interesting trends.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:56pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Big changes to military health care are part of the recommendations to reshape military compensation. Last week, a blue-ribbon panel released its long-awaited report on modernizing the military compensation system. The report included those changes to health care. The recommendation to replace the current TRICARE system has gotten most of the attention, but the panel's commissioners also see a major opportunity to sync up DoD and the Department of Veterans' Affairs health care systems. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:52pm EST
Shawn McCarthy, Program Manager, IDC Government Insights

The White House budget request for 2016 calls for a 2.3 percent increase in IT spending across the federal government. That's about a $2 billion increase for a total of $86 billion. Shawn McCarthy is program manager for government IT at IDC Government Insights. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he outlined the top five IT management trends you should think about as you plan to spend that money.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:43pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The White House budget proposal includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees next year. But that doesn't stack up too well against the yearly pay increases for the private sector. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she says the request for a pay raise is nice, but it's probably not enough to retain talented employees at your agency.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
Dave Perry, Senior Analyst, Canadian Defense & Foreign Affairs Institute

The Defense Department depends on its partners in the F-35 coalition to keep the price per copy of the aircraft down. But one of those partners may be having second thoughts and is even thinking about specific alternatives. Dave Perry is senior analyst for the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute, and author of "Putting the Armed Back Into the Canadian Armed Forces: Improving Defence Procurement in Canada." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Dave explained the current status of the F-35 program in Canada.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:34pm EST
Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

The White House budget request for 2016 details a new leadership development program for your agency's senior executives. Starting later this year, SES members would have a chance to work in another agency for a short time to learn new skills. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those kinds of details in the new budget request is a step in the right direction for his members.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:51am EST
Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

While the 2016 budget was crashing into the news yesterday, a quiet change took place in the contractor community. The TechAmerica Foundation became part of the Professional Services Council. The Council got TechAmerican from the trade group CompTIA, which acquired the foundation just last May. Although the name will change, you can still count on the annual events you've come to expect each year. Those include the Vision Forecast and Conference, the CIO survey and the American Technology Awards. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the acquisition.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:35am EST
Cameron Leuthy, Senior Budget Analyst, Bloomberg Government

We now know the big picture for the 2016 budget, or at least what the Obama administration would like -- $4 trillion. What would that look like closer to the ground? For some insight into the civilian side of the spending proposal, Bloomberg Government Senior Analyst Cameron Leuthy joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:34am EST
I. Charles McCullough III, Intelligence Community Inspector General

"Slow and disjointed" is how Senator Dianne Feinstein, former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, described the federal document declassification process. But a routine inspector general report found no violations within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Such reviews are required under a law called ROCA, the Reducing Over-Classification Act. The review only recommended "refinement." Charles McCullough is the Intelligence Community's Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report and how some of the other intelligence agencies stacked up next to DNI.

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Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 09:32am EST
Lt. Gen. David W. Barno (Ret.), School of International Service, American University

Defense spending would get a 7.7 percent boost in 2016 under President Obama's proposed budget. Officials say the department is still feeling the disruption of reduced spending and sequestration cuts from recent years. The 2016 proposal includes funding for a broad range of weapons systems, missile defense and a 1.3 percent raise for service members and department civilians. Lt. Gen. Dave Barno (Ret.) was a senior American commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and is now with American University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more analysis.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:26pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies could get a 2 percent bump for their technology spending accounts in fiscal 2016. But what President Barack Obama's annual budget request to Congress is doing is acknowledging after years small IT increases, it's time to spend more to get bigger long-term savings. Federal News Radio Executive editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose the details on the 2016 IT budget request.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:24pm EST
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The White House budget request for fiscal 2016 is out. The Obama administration is hoping for a future without sequestration, and the Defense Department is defending that concept. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley breaks down the numbers behind the defense spending plan.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:21pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The White House budget request for 2016 is out, and it includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. But Congressional Republicans are warning it will be dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his view of the budget from Capitol Hill.

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Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:16pm EST
Marie Mak, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Bid shopping is back on the radar screens of agencies across government. Prime contractors usually only do 10 to 40 percent of the work on federal construction projects. The Government Accountability Office says some of their subcontractors are accusing them of manipulating their agreements to pay them less and pocket the difference. Marie Mak, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how often prime contractors use bid shopping.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:13pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

Respect for federal agency leaders continues to fall. The last few Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys say rank-and-file employees don't respect their upper level leaders as much as they used to. Executive Core Qualifications are supposed to help senior executives maintain high leadership standards, but they might be too easy to follow. Bob Tobias, professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University, is also a former member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the Executive Core Qualifications to build better agency leaders.

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