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11:58 am, November 22, 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 - 10/20/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

Some of the Commerce Department's prime data will be easier for other agencies and the public to find, thanks to a collaboration with New York University. Their Governance Laboratory lists seven key areas for the agency to improve to make its data more valuable. Mark Doms is Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the partnership got started, how it will work, and who wins.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:18am EDT
Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a former Federal Air Marshal turned whistleblower on Nov. 4. Robert MacLean was fired after he told the media about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to use fewer air marshals on long distance flights. This is the first case the Supreme Court will hear that directly involves a federal whistleblower. Matt Tully, founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:11am EDT
Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

You might be a dog on the Internet, but nobody can tell for sure. Confidence in who people say they are online is vital to a cyber secure future for government and industry. People at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have been working on this problem within the Commerce Department for a couple of years now. Jeremy Grant is senior executive advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some recent progress.

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Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:23pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Federal employees planning their retirement need to make a lot of decisions, including how to leave a surviving spouse in good financial shape after death. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, says its one of the most important questions you need to answer before retiring. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options.

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Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:21pm EDT
Kathleen Cowles, Principal, Deep Water Point

Federal CIOs spend about 75 percent of their budgets on legacy IT systems. Experts say innovation on shared models, acquisition and technology policy will give government the ability to meet emerging needs. Building that collaboration culture across government is key to driving cost savings. Kathleen Cowles, industry chair of the Executive Leadership Conference and a principal at Deep Water Point, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the path forward for federal IT spending.

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Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:06am EDT
Bennie Adkins, Medal of Honor Recipient

The Army brought its top brass to Washington this week for its annual Association of the U.S. Army Expo. Among the dignitaries, an unusual recipient of the Medal of Honor. It's typically given to service members within three years of their heroics in battle. In the case of 80 year old retired Special Forces member Bennie Adkins, it took nearly five decades. Adkins tells Emily Kopp how he learned he would receive the nation's highest military award.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 05:02pm EDT
Stephen King, Director, Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program

The program billed as the world's largest provider of assistive technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has made technology like speech recognition software or pens that double as recording devices mainstays in offices devoted to helping people with disabilities. CAP Director Stephen King joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a progress report on how the program has helped thousands of wounded service members and disabled federal employees so far.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Bringing back the rule of three may be the key to improving how you assess candidates for federal jobs and how you improve the category ratings system. That's according to Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said category ratings aren't the problem, and that agencies can improve the process by conducting better assessments.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Melissa Starinsky, Chancellor, VA Acquisition Academy

The acquisition workforce is issue number one for just about every person Federal News Radio has talked to as part of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus - taking stock for the future. Melissa Starinsky is chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said they're realizing some success in training the acquisition workforce of the future.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Mike Papay, Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo, GW University

Embedding cybersecurity into the Defense Department's design, manufacturing, and supply chain is a goal the Pentagon sees is possible. Mike Papay is Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President at Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo is director of the George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative and the Homeland Security Policy Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they offered steps the DoD can take to address the issue.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Stan Soloway, PSC, and Roger Waldron, CGP

It's day three of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus -- taking stock for the future. What aspects of the procurement process should the government preserve or replicate across government? Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what's working well in the procurement process.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 12:00pm EDT
John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

Congress may have handed the Veterans Affairs secretary authority to fire under-performing senior executives. But it hasn't quite worked out that way. At least two executives faced with serious charges of malfeasance managed to retire, presumably with full annuities, before they could be fired. In this week's legal loop segment, Federal Employment Attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 12:00pm EDT
Andrew Hunter, Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

The Defense Department's Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell is responsible for coordinating the department's effort to fill its crucial and often unanticipated operational needs. These are requirements combatant commanders and warfighters often discover they need after yearly budgets have been set. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Tom Temin spoke with Andrew Hunter, director of the cell, on the Federal Drive. He explained how rapid acquisition works.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:40am EDT
Kelvin Wood, Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute

The Treasury Acquisition Institute has experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of federal employees it trains each year. The appetite for training is going to keep growing, forcing TAI to rethink how it delivers workforce education. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, today we'll focus on taking stock for the future. Institute Director Kelvin Wood tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how TAI is changing with the times.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 03:55am EDT
Treasury Acquisition Institute adjusts delivery model to reach more students

Kelvin Wood, the director of TAI, said the organization is investing more in virtual training as travel budgets continue to decrease. Wood said the institute also is focusing on more tailored courses to meet specific needs of its students.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:24pm EDT
Jon Etherton, President, Etherton and Associates

It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus is reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Jon Etherton is president of Etherton and Associates. He worked on several major pieces of acquisition reform in the 1990s when he was a Congressional staffer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jon says there is one major difference between reform then and reform now.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Veterans Affairs Department tops the list of most time spent on union business in fiscal 2012. The VA uses a little more than 1 million hours in total. But when you look at the numbers by hours per union employee, you get a completely different list. Bob Tobias is professor in the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University and teaches about labor-management relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered insight into the figures on official time.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:02pm EDT
Mike Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus: reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress is listening and knows the need.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT
Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

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