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6:42 pm, March 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.).

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 09:11am EST
Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:41pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Secretary of Homeland Security and two of his predecessors are calling on lawmakers to remove the politics from the debate over funding the department. Jeh Johnson, the current DHS secretary, and Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, DHS leaders under former President George W. Bush, berated the decision of Congress to tie DHS funding to the immigration debate. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest with impending partial DHS shutdown and what it will mean to agency employees and contractors.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:29pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

In its latest legislative proposal on cybersecurity, the White House argues for liability protections for companies who agree to share cyber threat information with the government and with each other. But the Department of Homeland Security admits that solving those legal questions won't mean companies will automatically open their doors to the data the government wants. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 05:03pm EST
Dick Gregg, Managing Director, HJ Steininger

Some agencies have ambitious modernization goals because of the DATA Act. The Treasury Department replaced 30 legacy payment systems last year. But some plans work better than others. Dick Gregg is former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and managing director of H.J. Steininger. He's using his experience at the Treasury to think of the three best ways to take advantage of the DATA Act, and he shared them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:55pm EST
Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:41pm EST
Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm EST
Bill Hartung, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

Chairman John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon doesn't have a sequestration problem. Instead it has a spending problem. Bill Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of the report "Promising the Sky: Pork Barrell Politics and the F-35." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the F-35 program is the perfect starting point for defense acquisition reform.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:51am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department is attacking its appeals backlog much in the same way it took on its disability claims backlog. VA is using a combination of technology and old-fashioned process improvements to deal with an appeals backlog that has grown by 15 percent over the last two years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details on VA's plans to decrease the appeals backlog.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:44am EST
Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:04am EST
Ricardo Herring, Director of Facilities Planning, National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health's massive Bethesda campus is going to undergo quite the facelift over the next couple of decades. NIH has put together a 20-year, 500-page plan for the campus that will include 17 new buildings. Ricardo Herring, the director of the Division of Facilities Planning at NIH, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what NIH is planning.

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Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 09:00am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A good reputation might be a government contractor's most valuable asset. That makes maintaining integrity one of the most important activities. So says Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the eighth commandment: Thou shall maintain thy integrity. It might seem like common sense, but it's impossible to overstate its importance.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:42pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Center will become the government's focal point for collecting and analyzing all it knows about current cyber threats. But the Homeland Security Department sees the CTIC as serving two more purposes: integrating cyber threat data with intelligence sources from the physical world and declassifying it so it can be shared outside the intelligence community. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:33pm EST
Rafael Borras, Senior Adviser, AT Kearney

Still no funding resolution for the Homeland Security Department. It's set to run out Friday. It will be the second time in less than two years. Rafael Borras was the acting deputy secretary of DHS during the October 2013 shutdown. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his memory of that time with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:30pm EST
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

More of your colleagues than ever invest for retirement in the Thrift Savings Plan. 88 percent of FERS employees across government save in TSP accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told what the TSP thinks that number means.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:27pm EST
Dean Silverman, Former Senior Adviser to the Commissioner, IRS

"Test and learn" is a data analysis technique that more agencies are using to plow through the mountain of data they have to use. One agency that's already used it with success is the Internal Revenue Service. Dean Silverman is former senior adviser to the commissioner for compliance analytics initiatives at the Internal Revenue Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he defined "test and learn" and explained how the IRS uses it.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:46am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management needs to do more to ensure meaningful distinctions are being made when it comes to performance ratings and awards for members of the Senior Executive Service. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more details from the report.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:43am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon's been warning for years that the decade-long budget caps Congress set in place four years ago won't work. At least if DoD hopes to execute the defense strategy on the books right now. With sequestration set to return this year, officials say they'll try to make things a bit less abstract…and publish a report that details exactly what would happen to individual bases and weapons systems with a 30 billion dollar cut. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss DoD's sequestration messaging strategy as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:40am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The reverse auction firm FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force has lifted the suspension - and stopped the debarment process it initiated against the company. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:38am EST
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The expiration date for Homeland Security's continuing resolution is fast approaching. The deadline is Friday. And that means Congress has just four days to reach an agreement funding the department for the rest of the year, or furlough roughly 30,000 employees. What should DHS managers be doing to prepare for this possibility? John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 09:59am EST
Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

After four years leading the government efforts come up with an alternative to the password, Jeremy Grant is leaving government. He's a Senior Executive Advisor for Identity Management at the National Insitute of Standards and Technology. In an email to his colleagues, he says he's unsure where he'll go next, but plans to leave NIST in April. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio to reflect on progress in identity management and some of the success stories.

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