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7:53 pm, December 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.).

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:11pm EST
Tim Peplaw, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is helping with Ebola civilian relief efforts in Africa. The agency launches a new public website featuring maps showing power grids, roads and other infrastructure that might be useful to civilian workers. Tools will let users pinpoint Ebola cases by location. Tim Peplaw is director of NGA's Readiness, Response and Recovery group. Peplaw points out to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive that for the NGA, support for humanitarian causes is nothing new.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:05pm EST
Col. Jeremy Martin, Chesapeake Bay Area Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign is underway for 2014. This year charity-minded federal employees have a new option that lifts the geographical restrictions on the charities they can choose. The goal for the Chesapeake Bay Area is an ambitious seven-million dollars. There are over 24,000 approved charities to choose from. Col. Jeremy Martin is commandant of the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and campaign chairman for the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC program. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new options for this season.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:29pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Obama administration's effort to benchmark costs and best practices of agency back-office functions is overcoming its initial skeptics. The Office of Management and Budget and the General Services Administration say this is the first step toward long-term and meaningful efficiency and effectiveness improvements. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how some agencies are doing an about face when it comes to understanding the value of this benchmarking initiative.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:27pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Army Corps of Engineers say the effects of climate change mean its vast network of civil works projects is going to have to contend with weather events that are more severe and most importantly less predictable. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Corps is changing its planning process to account for that uncertainty, and it's about much more than building higher and stronger dams and levees.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:25pm EST
Ellen Glover, Executive Vice President, ICF International

Federal employees unions want to know what took the Postal Service so long to report its massive data breach it found in September putting more than 800,000 employees at risk of identity theft. It's the latest case of IT threats getting ahead of the ability to defend against those threats. Ellen Glover, executive vice president of ICF International, is a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about perfecting and protecting your IT networks.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:20pm EST
Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, Director, DCMA

The Defense Contract Management Agency has about 12,000 civilian and military employees who interact with more than 20,000 contractors and handle more than $220 billion for the Defense Department. Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, director of DCMA, is receiving an award at the GovCon Award ceremony for her role in building business partnerships between the public and private sector. She told In Depth with Francis Rose about the partnerships she helped oversee.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:16pm EST
Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM Global Public Sector

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pumps out 29 terabytes of information every day and that's just one agency. The federal government still has a long way to go before it figures out how to leverage all of its data. Anne Altman, general manager of IBM Global Public Sector, is a finalist for Executive the of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She told In Depth with Francis Rose about what she's seeing as the future of federal IT development.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:14pm EST
Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, Ambit Group

The reorganization at the Veterans Affairs Department is a rebranding effort in many ways. VA Secretary Bob McDonald will hire a chief customer service officer to try to reverse an image of poor quality care for its customers. Kim Hayes, CEO and co-founder of Ambit Group, is also a finalist for Executive of Year at the 2014 GovCon awards. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about Ambit Group's data-centric approach to agency reorganization.

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Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:10pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A scholarship for veterans who want to be your agency's next acquisition leaders is now available. The Coalition for Government Procurement unveils it in its 35th anniversary celebration. Roger Waldron, president of the coalition, told In Depth with Francis Rose about the celebration.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:25pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration is reviewing more than 200 comments on a proposed change to part of the size standard for companies that are IT value added resellers. SBA wants to remove an exception to how these IT VARs are classified as small contractors. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told In Depth with Francis Rose why some small companies are concerned about the proposal.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:23pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon officials say the military services have made some progress in restoring readiness since the initial onset of sequestration caused a "readiness crisis." But they say gains made will go out the window if the budget is cut once again next year. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:09pm EST
Ruth Cox and Walter Tersch, GSA

Green investments to federal buildings are showing double-digit energy savings, according to the General Services Administration. They're looking at the effects of some energy upgrades. Ruth Cox is a senior sustainability official, and Walter Tersch is a program analyst at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they broke down the success of the green updates.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:05pm EST
Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill Reporter, Bloomberg Government

Congress has returned to Washington for two days, and already things are crabby. But the lame duck session has a lot of work to do. First and foremost, pass spending bills because the continuing resolution expires Dec. 11. The Senate and House appropriations committee chairs have been working on it, but the coming change in the make-up of Congress complicates things. Erik Wasson, who covers Capitol Hill for Bloomberg, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look ahead.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 05:02pm EST
Joe Kaplan, Founding Principal, Passman & Kaplan, P.C.

The Justice Department Inspector General finds that a student hiring program was marred by nepotism. Two immigration administrators and a judge made the hiring of relatives seem like a routine practice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Joe Kaplan is founding principal at the Washington law firm Passman & Kaplan. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the rules about nepotism and how federal managers can avoid trouble.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 04:27pm EST
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The largest reorganization in Veterans Affairs Department history won't look like most re-orgs you've seen before. That's according to Bob Tobias -- he's professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the organizational chart at the VA won't see the changes most other agencies do.

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Wednesday - 11/12/2014, 08:35am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Small Business Administration has received more than 200 comments on a proposed change to just one sub set of the size standards for small businesses. The change would apply to information technology companies known as value-added resellers (VARs). Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the proposal and why some small companies are concerned.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:42pm EST
Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

The Commerce Department is partly responsible for the explosion of data from the government. The Census Bureau alone conducts about 80 different surveys a year. NOAA produces 29 terabytes of data a day. So the department is focusing on accessibility and education about its data to rescue public and private sector users from drowning in its data. Mark Doms, undersecretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about current and future plans to better manage its information.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:32pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the next year, most of the Army's IT users at the Pentagon will see the PCs under their desks carted off and replaced with virtual desktops. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the Army's on an aggressive schedule to finish the project by the end of next year.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:30pm EST
Anil Karmel, CEO, C2 Labs, Inc.

The next phase of FedRAMP will include a two-year roadmap to help agencies understand cloud-based cybersecurity better. FCW reports the roadmap will be ready in the next six months. Anil Karmel is founder and CEO of C2 Labs and former deputy chief technology officer of the National Nuclear Security Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his own advice for federal agencies to keep their cloud systems safe and compliant.

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