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11:12 pm, November 28, 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 - 10/28/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative, Federally Employed Women

Midterm elections are exactly one week away. But no matter what happens to the political power balance in the legislative branch, it'll be hard for the next group to do much less for federal employees than the 113th Congress did. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. FEW gives out legislative score cards for each session of Congresss. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Janet said the most recent scores were hard to decide.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Cross agency priorities get much of the focus so far in the President's Management Agenda for the rest of President Barack Obama's second term. But the PMA officially has four major components. Beth Cobert, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, laid out the four components in a keynote speech at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia last night. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why she'll push hard on the agenda for the rest of the administration.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:38am EDT
Rich Ashooh, Director of Strategy, BAE Systems Electronics Solutions

For 50 years, the TechAmerica Foundation has presented a detailed forecast for Defense spending. It's one source of information contractors use to plan their marketing and sales efforts. This year's forecast team has shown one eternal truth. Pentagon budgets reflect more than just what military leaders say they need. They're buffeted by the economy and politics too. Rick Ashooh leads TechAmerica's DoD forecast team. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at this year's Tech America Vision Conference.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:20am EDT
Tim Sullivan,Thompson Coburn LLP

As a government contractor, you don't want to be known as a whiner. Companies fear that if they get reputations for protesting bids it could hurt them in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. For the next nine Tuesdays, we'll be talking about these myths with him. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss myth number two: that you should always lodge a protest.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

Employee engagement at agencies across the federal government is either consistently great, consistently not-so-great, or consistently inconsistent. This year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows agencies that have historically at the top are still at the top, while the agencies at the bottom are still at the bottom (when it comes to employee satisfaction). The ones in the middle are all over the place. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he analyzed this year's survey results.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Five out of five federal agencies fall short in meeting the customer service improvements Congress said it wanted to see four years ago. The Government Accountability Office looked at selected quintet of agencies to see if they have all the key elements necessary for high-quality customer service. GAO says all five are missing at least one critical piece of that puzzle. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he broke down what each agency needs to improve their customer service scores.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

A gap of mistrust is forming between senior managers and their employees across the federal government. The results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show federal employees are taking an increasingly dim view of the senior leaders in their agencies. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he said federal agencies are treading on a dangerous path right now regarding workplace standards.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:26pm EDT
John Wrobel and Devon Rust, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Reaching the Army's Net Zero Water goals is a little easier for Aberdeen Proving Ground. It finds a way to recycle water from a previously contaminated stream on base, and reuse it to heat some of its buildings. APG says it will save about $400,000 a year in water costs, and $64 million by the end of the 23-year contract. John Wrobel is the acting chief and Devon Rust is the installation energy manager for the Directorate of Public Works at Aberdeen Proving Ground. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained how the project is saving them money and energy.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Mikey Dickerson, Administrator, US Digital Service

The new U.S. Digital Service is working with agencies across government to triage IT problems and get programs back on track. The infrastructure for the Service came out of the lessons learned from fixing the problems with HealthCare.gov. Mikey Dickerson is Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose -- and in his first interview since he took over -- he explained the mission of the Service, and why industry shouldn't worry about the Service trying to cut in on its business.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 03:59pm EDT
Col. David Chapman, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

The doors are now open for the last of three new buildings at the Defense Language Insititute Foreign Language Center. That's just one of the recent changes at the world-class language training institute in Monterrey, California. It also has a new commandant, as of this past May. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Col. David Chapman talked about what's new at DLI at at the Presidio of Monterrey.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Bill Hohenstein, Director, USDA's Climate Change Program Office

There's a new resource to help those in the agricultural community adjust to the challenges of climate change. The USDA Climate Hubs website launched last week. The site provides a wealth of information from the latest research data, conservation programs and financial assistance to emergency contact information and procedure for each region. Bill Hohenstein, director of USDA's Climate Change Program Office, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 08:37am EDT
Bill Evanina, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The federal government is supposed to thoroughly check on security clearance holders every few years. But there are about five million people who hold clearances. Knowing the system is inadequate to catch people who might steal state secrets or turn violent, the government is moving towards a system in which it continuously evaluates clearance holders. One method is by looking up the person on the Internet. Bill Evanina is the national counterintelligence executive. He tells Emily Kopp how his office is experimenting with using social media to vet clearance holders.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive Magazine

The federal agency at the head of the response to Ebola is suffering a crisis of confidence. Only 37 percent of the public is confident in the response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CBS News poll that was conducted before the announcement of a case in New York City. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive Magazine. He outlined recent missteps by the CDC in a recent article. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Shoop said that the agency needs to create a culture of accountability.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:20pm EDT
Kathryn Medina, APCO Worldwide

The results of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show fewer than half of federal employees think their senior leaders maintain high levels of honesty and integrity. It's just one of the pieces of bad news in the new survey results that were released Oct. 24. Kathryn Medina of APCO Worldwide is former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the Office of Personnel Management. She told Francis Rose on In Depth that the only surprise is that the bad news isn't worse.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Bad news from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey could be a lot worse. Federal employees' opinions of senior management falls to a five-year low, according to the results from the Office of Personnel Management. Positive responses for 32 of 77 questions are down this year, mostly by about a percentage point. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what most federal employees are saying.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DoD published its first-ever joint doctrine for military operations in cyberspace a year and a half ago. But the document was secret -- until this week. The Pentagon has now released a declassified version. Much of it is a retread of what DoD officials have already said in public, but there are a handful of eyebrow-raisers too. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:36pm EDT
Greg Wallig, Managing Director, Grant Thornton

The Office of Management and Budget has given agencies new directions for tracking, reporting and overseeing improper payments. It comes in the form of an update of Appendix C to Circular A-123. Greg Wallig, managing director of Grant Thornton, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the changes.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 03:30pm EDT
Dr. Phil Joyce, NAPA Fellow Selection Committee

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They will be tasked with taking on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government and reporting to Congress. We will hear from many of the new fellows over the next few weeks. Phil Joyce is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and leader of the NAPA Fellow Selection Committee. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what makes a good NAPA fellow.

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Friday - 10/24/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Ellen Edmonson, Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services

Veterans made 2 million virtual health care visits in fiscal 2014. Whether it's having a consult without leaving your living room or having medical data collected and monitored remotely, telehealth makes more care possible for many vets who can't make it to a clinic or don't have one nearby. Ellen Edmonson is deputy chief consultant of the Veterans Health Administration Telehealth Services. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to describe how telehealth works.

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