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7:27 pm, April 25, 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.).

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The potential new rule from the General Services Administration for contractors to report their Schedules transaction data could be redundant. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA is asking contractors to report data it already has, and says the rule proposal raises five important questions.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Greg Boison, Director of Homeland Security, Lockheed Martin

Cyber déjà vu can happen when the same or similar cyber attacks hit multiple agency networks. But cyber déjà vu can be a good thing if your agency looks at the problem in a different way. That's according to Greg Boison, director of Homeland Cybersecurity at Lockheed Martin. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared three ways to take advantage of cyber déjà vu to turn your agency's strategy from reactive to proactive.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:29am EDT
Paul Baltzell, Chief Information Officer, State of Indiana

As the federal government struggles with how to make better use of data, it could learn a thing or two from the states. A case in point is Indiana. It's harnessing data to solve problems and improve how it does business. In one example, Indiana has had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country for more than two decades. Officials have identified causes and directed funds to programs that target at-risk mothers. Paul Baltzell is Indiana's Chief Information Officer. on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, explained more about the state's data analysis program.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:28am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

It may sound odd, but source selection officials have the authority to use more than one selection approach within a single procurement. And it looks like they're using that authority more often. You can find this authority in an often-overlooked section of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, FAR Part 15.101. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how this works and what it means.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:21am EDT
Danny Werfel, Director, Boston Consulting Group

Improper payments from the federal government reached an all-time high last year. They totaled more than $124 billion — a $19 billion increase from the previous high of $105 billion. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. White House officials are examining this trend and looking for ways to head improper payments down again. Danny Werfel, a former Controller in the Office of Management and Budget and now a Director with the Boston Consulting Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how they might to do that.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal contractors have a new way to tell agency contracting shops how they really feel about the acquisition process. It's called Acquisition 360. It gives both contractors and program managers a chance to rate how individual agencies go about buying things. Anne Rung is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Leslie Field is the deputy administrator. They tell executive editor Jason Miller about how Acquisition 360 works, and how they hope it will help improve the federal procurement process.

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Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:17am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The IRS has stretched its budget enough to render furloughs unnecessary. That's according to Commissioner John Koskinen. He tells members of the House Appropriations Committee, the agency has made other tough choices, including freezing all hiring and overtime. Now he's asking Congress for a big boost next year. How'd that go over? Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 05:11pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A more nuanced strategy is what the Defense Department is applying to its data center consolidation initiative. When the Pentagon first started four years ago, the approach was relatively straightforward: first count the data centers, then close as many as possible. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD says that more nuanced strategy focuses more on cost than sheer numbers.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 05:05pm EDT
Ron Flom, Former Associate Director for Management, OPM

Contracting officers' representatives are disappearing because of age and sequestration. That's according to Ron Flom, former director of the Defense Acquisition Institute, and former associate director for management at the Office of Personnel Management. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies need to bring in more CORs because they can be your agency's best friend during tight budget times.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:38pm EDT
Kevin Desouza, College of Public Programs, Arizona State University

The number of cyber attacks against the federal government is up almost 800 percent since 2006. And the Government Accountability Office said that trend is accelerating. Kevin Desouza is associate dean for research at the College of Public Programs, and professor for the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

The Senate Budget Committee's markup of its FY 2016 budget resolution is under way on Capitol Hill. Committee Chairman Mike Enzi's (R-Wyo.) plan is a lot different than the one the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), rolled out yesterday. Gordon Adams is a professor at American University and former OMB official responsible for national security budgets. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the House's plan to boost the Overseas Contingency Operations budget to reach the level of spending the Obama administration wants for the Pentagon is a gimmick.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:14pm EDT
Doug Wiltsie, PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Army

Two priorities shape the way the United States Army will drive its business: Warfighting and enterprise information environment mission areas. Those priorities are more important in an Army where human power, and budget, is getting smaller. Doug Wiltsie is program executive officer for Enterprise Information Systems for the Army. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Doug laid out three priorities for 2015 and he says the first one is uninterrupted capability delivery.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:53am EDT
Christine Lee, Program Manager, S&T First Responders Group, DHS

Law enforcement, ambulance and fire: Dispatchers using a base station to communicate with first-responders in the field can now upgrade and reconfigure their system for less than $500. The Radio Internet-Protocol Communications Module (RIC-M) could save an agency as much as $15,000 to replace an entire system. Christine Lee is the program manager for the Science and Technology First Responders Group at Homeland Security. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the device and what DHS is doing with it.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:50am EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is suspending for three months online meetings it's been having with vendors. They're aimed at helping the agency develop a procurement strategy for the replacement version of its popular Alliant acquisition vehicles. For the time being, the agency says it wants to have face-to-face meetings. The virtual meetings have been convened by the Coalition for Government Procurement. How do they work and what happens? Coalition president Roger Waldron joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:43am EDT
Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

NASA still is five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract. That'll be known as SEWP 5 — Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. In the meantime though, it's rolling out some updates for the current SEWP program. SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain exactly what that entails.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:33am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Anticipating another round of sequestration in 2016, the Defense Department is trying to make some headway in preparation for a tighter budget. The Pentagon sees a small treasure chest of money in back-office operations that could be used for mission and readiness needs. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how DoD plans to unlock that treasure chest.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:59pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Force

The Air Force owns a huge stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers that are quickly aging in place. It owns two out of three legs of the US nuclear triad; the Navy owns the third. Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration for the Air Force, tells Federal News Radio's Jason Fornicola how the service is modernizing its two legs of the US nuclear triad.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:48pm EDT
Ira Hobbs, Principal, Hobbs & Hobbs

Republican budget leaders in the House of Representatives introduced their fiscal 2016 budget plan today. President Barack Obama and House Democrats call it a non-starter, but the budget process is moving. After a fiscal 2015 budget that included appropriated bills across government, some agencies are starting to update or replace legacy systems. Ira Hobbs is principal of Hobbs and Hobbs, and former deputy assistant secretary for information technology at the Treasury Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to get your transformation effort off to the right start.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Gary Schmitt, Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies, AEI

The House of Representatives released its fiscal 2016 budget proposal. It would parse back the strict spending limits on the Defense Department while keeping in place a range of cuts for domestic programs. Gary Schmitt is co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the House Budget Committee's plan.

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