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6:33 pm, March 1, 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.).

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:40am EST
Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:36am EST
Jason Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

We now turn to hopes of restoring native plants, preserving bird habitats and helping farmers cut pollution. The Agriculture Department has approved the first set of projects under a new program designed to get the rest of us investing in conservation. Congress squeezed the regional conservation partnership program into last year's mega farm bill. Jason Weller, chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the new program and its projects.

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Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 10:30am EST
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

The Obama Administration has two years to go two years with a Republican-led Congress. Some might assume not a lot will be done in these two years. "Oh contrare," says John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain further.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 05:04pm EST
David Hawkings, senior editor, Roll Call

Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Chairman Grassley's plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:46pm EST
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:42pm EST
Tim McManus, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Potential new federal employees looking for the perfect job can read the data to help them find it. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one place they should start looking is at the annual Best Places to Work survey.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:34pm EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs began the biggest transformation in its history with a simple premise: everyone working from the same starting point. VA announced today the first of what likely will be many reorganizations, starting with its regional map. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss where VA's transformation is heading.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:30pm EST
Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University

A greater diplomatic presence in potential conflict spots will save the country from military action. That presence depends on growing the collaboration between the diplomatic community, the intelligence community and the military community. Ryan Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and others. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said diplomats should be equal partners with their colleagues across government.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 04:17pm EST
Matthew Asada, State Vice President, Foreign Service Association

Federal linguists are finding themselves in a Catch-22 situation. They become experts in another culture and language by spending a lot of time living in another country. But spending a lot of time outside of the United States can make their security lives more difficult. Matthew Asada is State vice president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the obstacles a federal linguist faces when trying to advance a career.

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Monday - 01/26/2015, 09:42am EST
Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

It's fast times for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Secretary Julian Castro has established priorities for both internal operations and policy. Much of the execution falls to the new deputy secretary. Nani Coloretti was confirmed last month. She joined the Obama administration in the Treasury Department in 2009. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her new post and agenda.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:23pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Innovation and smart risk-taking remain foreign to too many federal acquisition professionals. But with the recent mini-hiring wave of contracting officers and the retirement of others, experts say now is the time to institute what they say is a much-needed culture change. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some believe the White House needs to lead this transformation. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:18pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Military leaders up to and including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff say cyber attacks by a sophisticated nation state are near the top of the list of things they worry about. From that point of view, a new Pentagon report has to make them worry a bit more. It finds that far too many of DoD's own networks aren't up to the challenge of defending against amateur cyber attackers. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu talks about it as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:15pm EST
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Two congressional updates to the Federal Employee Retirement System are creating different groups of FERS employees. Those are on top of the separation between FERS employees and employees under the Civil Services Retirement System. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her expertise for the first wave of FERS employees to start retiring.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:07pm EST
Perry Pederson, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Langner Group

The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation's critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:30am EST
Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

In Nina Olson's new report to Congress covering 2014, the National Taxpayer Advocate told of a grim situation for the IRS. Service has eroded badly, oversight is poor and tax administration is being reshaped in negative ways by forces outside the agency's control. There's plenty of blame to go around. But the situation isn't hopeless. Olson joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the problems and possible solutions.

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Friday - 01/23/2015, 09:28am EST
Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

He's been the voice for the farmer when EPA regulations call for spilled milk to be treated like an oil spill. Advocacy is about relieving unnecessary burden for small businesses without losing sight of the goal of the regulation. Dr. Winslow Sargeant is chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Today is his last day on the job. Before leaving, he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review his time at the agency,

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 05:16pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity for the intelligence community has become what terrorism was in the early 2000s an all encompassing priority. It's such a big priority that Michael Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, is making cybersecurity transformation the hallmark of his tenure. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose how Undersecretary Vickers is trying to take on the cybersecurity challenge.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:25pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration's 18F wants input from vendors on how they could use Schedule 70 for agile development. But the model for agile development in government is already available for 18F, and anyone else that wants to use it. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's own schedules program is the answer.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:18pm EST
Roger Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Agilex, Former CIO, VA

The commercial-cloud versus private-cloud debate is starting to turn in favor of the commercial cloud. Roger Baker is chief strategy officer at Agilex and former chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said commercial clouds can be more secure because that's their business.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:17pm EST
Bob Stevens, Vice President, Lookout Mobile Security

The number one destination for data stolen off wireless networks isn't China or Russia. It's actually the United States, according to research from Lookout Mobile Security. But they say that makes sense because of how mobile threats travel across a network. Bob Stevens is a vice president of Lookout Mobile Security and leader of their federal division. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he detailed the latest mobile security trends that can keep your agency ahead of the curve.

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