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4:20 am, November 24, 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.).

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Ice at the North Pole is melting at record rates. Sea lanes are opening where they were never open before, and security implications are opening along with them. Sharon Burke is senior fellow for the Center for a New American Security. She was assistant secretary of defense for operational energy until earlier this year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the effect of the melting ice in the North Pole on national security.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:30pm EDT
Keith Trippie, CEO, Trippie Group

Christmas is almost exactly two months away. Wish lists for Santa Claus are already filling up across government. One of them is an acquisition wish list. It's from Keith Trippie -- he's CEO of the Trippie Group -- and former Executive Director of the Enterprise System Development Office in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Homeland Security Departement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Keith explained why he's writing his list to Santa in the first place.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jim Carafano, Heritage Foundation

The Ebola crisis in West Africa and the ongoing combat operations against the Islamic State militants could hollow out the nation's military forces. That's according to Jim Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom David Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three recommendations to keep the military from declining in capability as demands increase.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The Pentagon launched 12 airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq during the last 24 hours. As Operation Inherent Resolve continues -- and becomes more expensive -- it highlights a need to develop more cost efficient military strategies. Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is former Director of Naval History. Hendrix is now senior fellow and director of the new Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the program will analyze and create new military strategies that emphasize cost effectiveness and innovation.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 01:05pm EDT
Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

The deeper they dive into cybersecurity, the closer government and industry get. The Defense Department is requiring contractors to report, within three days, any cyber breach that threatens trade secrets or government data. Civilian agencies are looking at a similar rule. Former federal cyber officials Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey, now with Liberty Group Ventures, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new rule.

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Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Kate Schweit, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Active shooter situations are more rare but more deadly on military bases than on other government property. That finding comes from a FBI report on active shooter situations. The FBI finds that since 2000 there have been five incidents on military property with 27 people killed and 43 wounded. Agent Kate Schweit is the senior executive program manager for the FBI's Active Shooter Program. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:18pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

More laboratory testing -- and less of an emphasis on commercial technologies -- lead the changes the Army is making to the Network Integration Evaluations process. That process began four years ago. The Army designed the NIE to put new systems in the hands of soldiers, so they can put those technologies through their paces before they go out to live-fire battlefields. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Lock up your stuff is one of the most basic, if not the most basic, workplace rule. Lax security and potential for theft are a couple of the downsides to the open floor plan the General Services Administration advocates and other agencies are pursuing. GSA's Office of Inspector General found some pretty expensive -- and valuable -- items laying out in the open at headquarters. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the IG found and what GSA can do about it.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Todd Zinser, Inspector General, Commerce Department

The Inspector General of the Commerce Department has a new list of his agency's top five management challenges. But he also knows where to find the answers. Todd Zinser says solutions -- like how using data can transform Commerce's interactions with its customers -- can be found in the department's long-term strategic plan. Todd shared the solutions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:04pm EDT
Charlie Armstrong, CIO, Customs and Border Protection

Federal chief information officers say overwhelmingly that cybersecurity is their top priority. That data is from the 2014 Federal News Radio Chief Information Officer survey. Charlie Armstrong is the chief information officer for the Customs and Border Protection directorate in the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller how CBP's priorities begin and end with cybersecurity.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:15pm EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:05pm EDT
J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

The Air Force spent nearly half a billion dollars on airplanes, only to turn them into scrap metal. Now, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is wondering why. The planes were Italian-made transports intended for use by the Afghan Air Force. But the Afghans couldn't maintain the planes and the program ended after they'd only flow for a few hours. Deputy Inspector General Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Commercial and government online identity theft forces the White House to give agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. President Barack Obama announces major changes to the security of government credit cards and other payment methods. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about those changes. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about you should expect starting in January.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:31pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The government's response to Ebola will get another look from Congress. But that look won't be for a while, and it won't be from a health oversight committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee will look at Ebola on Nov. 6, after the Congressional elections. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and hosts the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Congressional plan.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Customs and Border Protection is up to about $2.5 billion in spending on equipment to provide a firewall against materials terrorists could use to make weapons of mass destruction. They spend a lot less than that to make sure the equipment -- and the operators -- are doing the job. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how CBP can make the most out of its covert operations budget.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

About one in four Presidential Management Fellows leave the program thinking that having a federal job was actually worse than they thought. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said research on data from Fellows leaving the program shows it's time for some updates.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

Six airstrikes near Kobani in Syria are part of today's Operation Inherent Resolve action. The Defense Department says the military executed two more airstrikes near Fallujah in Iraq. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at American University, and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He writes in Foreign Policy magazine under the title "The Varnish of Vietnam." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the fight against the Islamic State isn't winnable.

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