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9:51 am, September 19, 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.).

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:57am EDT
Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:29am EDT
David Soo, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department

The Education Department begins a new round of what it calls experimental sites initiatives. The goal is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. David Soo, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary for Education, spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the new initiative.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:25am EDT
Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

The fast-growing number of devices connected to the Internet means enterprises need to rethink their approaches to cybersecurity. Cyber expert Melissa Hathaway says we're at a cyber inflection point. She's the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the top concerns for cybersecurity.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. The Navy announced last November Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. It's part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A Navy contracting official pleads guilty this week to accepting $25 thousand in bribes to steer business towards one company. President Obama says people like that are a rarity in the federal government, but that assumption may be doing your agency more harm than good. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief of Goverment Executive magazine. He explained some leadership challenges at the top of the executive branch on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Matt Keiser, Attorney, Arnold & Porter

If you worked during the government shutdown last year, you might qualify for a spot in a lawsuit against the federal government. More than a million people worked without pay last October. Matt Keiser is an attorney for Arnold & Porter's Labor and Employment Practice. He explained both sides of the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:27am EDT
Tom Staal, U.S. Agency for International Development

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Agency for International Development is managing four major humanitarian crises at the same time. Disaster response experts are in Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and West Africa. Thomas Staal is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's efforts.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:23am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to find a good way to ensure employees have access to only the information they are supposed to have access to. Now, one could be close to a solution. The Air Force is launching a pilot program to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:19am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's summer, and according to some federal employees that means a sudden lack of judgement when it comes to the clothes people choose to wear to work. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share your thoughts.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 09:13am EDT
Bob Cusack, Editor In Chief, The Hill Newspaper

This summer has been filled with hissy fits between the government and reporters. The latest tussle came just this week. Environment reporters say the EPA is now stopping its independent scientific advisers from speaking out. Agency Chief of Staff Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming wrote a memo telling the science advisory board to refer questions from the public to designated federal officials. Bob Cusack, editor and chief of the Hill Newspaper, has covered policy and politics in Washington for nearly two decades. He spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the relationship between the Obama administration and the press.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies continue to struggle to find a good model to ensure their employees have access to only to the information they are supposed to. But at least one agency is close to answering this long-standing challenge. The Air Force is launching a pilot to test role-based authentication. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies are dealing with a new set of computer network challenges.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's uniformed cyber workforce right now is made up of a "potpourri" of occupational specialties. Some of it's drawn from officers and enlisted soldiers who are officially designated as members of the "intelligence" branches. The Army cultivates others through its "signals" branch. The Army hasn't reached a final decision yet, but Army Secretary John McHugh is considering the creation of a new career field that would be completely dedicated to cyber. Col. Carmine Cicalese is the branch chief for cyber and information operations at Army headquarters. He talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the potential benefits of a cyber career field.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

More than a third of the government employees that left in 2013 were at the very top of the General Schedule. That's one piece of important data from new research by the Partnership for Public Service. They've analyzed several years' worth of data on departures from the Federal work force. Tim McManus is their Vice President of Education and Outreach; on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are several important things Federal leaders can learn from the numbers.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Nicole Ogrysko, Producer, Federal News Radio

The Securities and Exchange Commission is responsible for billions of financial trade records a day. But it once took the agency weeks and even months to analyze them. The SEC modernization project is speeding up that process and saving the agency $3 million a year. In part four of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," you can meet a few people who are the leading the way. Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko had more. Read Nicole's related article.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

Reforming the government's acquisition process is a goal many stakeholders share. But reform may be exactly the wrong approach for the 21st Century. Kymm McCabe is President and CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained "three myths that cripple acquisition."

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Lauren Larson, Producer, Federal News Radio

The federal government has a way to make money for less money. As part of our special report "Rainmakers and Money Savers," a look at the people who return millions -- or save millions -- for the federal government, Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson finds the cost of making money is cheaper now. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said it's thanks to an engineer from the US Mint and a group of federal scientists with a new method of minting coins.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Ken Ammon, Chief Strategy Officer, Xceedium

The 10th anniversary of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is upon us. HSPD-12 created a governmentwide standard for the personal ID cards federal employees use to access agency facilities. Ken Ammon is the Chief Strategy Officer of Xceedium. He explained the directive's past and future impact on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:35am EDT
Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director, Alliant Group

The IRS may encourage more people to blow the whistle on tax cheats under new rules that went into effect this week. A good tipster could receive up to 30 percent of the taxes and penalties the agency collects. Dean Zerbe, a partner at the law firm of ZFF & J, represents whistleblowers. As a Senate staffer in 2006, he wrote the whistleblower law for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Zerbe joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how he thinks the new guidance will impact whistleblowers.

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Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:24am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Do officials who award contracts really know whom they're giving money to? Agencies are supposed to record past experiences with contractors in a shared database. The Government Accountability Office finds drastically different levels of compliance across government. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss who knows what about whom.

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