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7:46 am, October 23, 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 - 09/15/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

Readiness is the first casualty of sequestration, according to defense officials that testify to Congress about Pentagon budgets. Both uniformed and civilian leaders say budget cuts force all the branches of the military to sacrifice the training, equipment refreshes and other preparation they need to be ready to fight. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments. He writes in a piece called Rethinking Readiness in Strategic Studies Quarterly that the Defense Department should think about readiness in a new way. He also shared his conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Mat Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

Preparing for events before they happen has been a task that national security and intelligence officials in government have done to varying degrees of success. One source of preparation material is the Global Trends document from the National Intelligence Council. Mat Burrows is director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council. His new book is "The Future Declassified: Megatrends that will Undo the World Unless We Take Action." It's an extension of the work he did on Global Trends. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the Global Trends document is and who reads it.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:16am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are testing out ways to attract and hire technology experts for mission-critical programs. The Office of Management and Budget is overseeing these pilots, steps toward fixing long-standing federal IT challenges. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:11pm EDT
Maj. Johan Lee, Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Airmen of the Year represent the best of the Air Force. Maj. Johan Lee is a space operator and flight commander for the Air Force Reserve who watches for problems that could develop anywhere on earth. He's being recognized along with his employer Booz Allen. Lee joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at this year's Air Force Association conference and expo at National Harbor.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:06pm EDT
Ret. Gen. Craig McKinley, President, Air Force Association

If you like things that fly fast and zoom through space, the annual Air Force Association conference and exposition is the place to be. It's also the place to catch the technology and policy trends for the Air Force. Retired Gen. Craig McKinley is president of the Air Force Association. He joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin talk about this year's conference.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:02pm EDT
Maj. Kelly Barton, Chief, Airman and Family Services

Behind many of today's soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are spouses and children. That's also the case for the Air National Guard. The Air Force provides its guardsmen with a variety of programs to ensure the quality of family life. Maj. Kelly Barton, Chief of Airman and Family Services for the Air National Guard , joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Air Force Association conference to discuss the program.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:55pm EDT
Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, Air Force Reserve Command

If the last 13 years of foreign wars have shown anything, it's the importance of reserve forces. Brig. Gen. John Flournoy is commander of the 4th Air Force within the Air Force Reserve Command. He's based out of March Air Reserve Base, California. He joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Air Force Association conference and expo at National Harbor.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:47pm EDT
Ariel Rabkin, AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy

The Obama Administration wants to avoid a repeat of the technical glitches it experienced with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. One way is through a White House effort called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service will consist of a small team of experts that will serve as consultants to agencies on IT projects. Ariel Rabkin is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why many IT projects fail in the first place.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army expects to create its first set of official occupational specialties dedicated to cyber within the next month. And last week, it created its first brigade-level command dedicated to cyber defense. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu is writing about those moves as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Violent crime is down almost 40 percent at four Indian reservations. It's the result of an aggressive campaign by the Interior Department to improve public safety for Native Americans. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the program's success and what's still left for Interior to accomplish.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Denise Dailey, Executive Director, Recovering Warrior Task Force

The Pentagon has a disability system that's supposed to make it easy for wounded service members to find medical care and transition out of the military. But the system's really made the entire process more complicated. Denise Dailey is task force executive director of the Recovering Warrior Task Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said task force recommends the Pentagon scrap the whole program.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 10:07am EDT
Todd Grams, Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Few things are as basic to the operation of federal agencies than the budget process. Circular A-11, published by the Office of Management and Budget, is the guiding document for all things budgetary. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, here come the revisions. A-11 has received some important revisions this year you need to know about. Todd Grams is a director in Deloitte's Federal consulting practice, and a long-time federal executive. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the significance of A-11 and what changes to expect.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:59am EDT
Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Like many agencies, the Defense and Homeland Security departments have been challenged to get the security clearances needed by their employees. Yet equally challenging is what happens when officials need to revoke someone's clearance. The Government Accountability Office found the departments have work to do there. Auditors found inconsistencies in both agencies' data on employees eligible to access classified information. Brenda Farrell is the director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the GAO. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the GAO study and its recommendations.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:26am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Senate has confirmed Anne Rung on a voice vote as the next administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The office has gone since January without a confirmed leader. Yet the administration has a number of procurement reforms in the oven. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what Rung faces as she tries to improve the federal acquisition environment.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department's new science and technology chief, Reginald Brothers, said he's got a plan to turn around an organization that's taken criticism for overlapping projects, poorly-tracked investments and rock-bottom workforce morale. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

This week marked 13 years since Islamic terrorists steered airliners into buildings in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It's a day that no American witness will ever forget. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey and Web Manager Julia Ziegler shared some of your stories on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:42pm EDT
Bill Charmley, EPA, and Jim Tamm, NHTSA

Less air pollution and lower gas bills will be the result of a collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Bill Charmley is director of the Assessment and Standards Division at the EPA. Jim Tamm is chief of the Fuel Economy Division for NHTSA. They're Service to America medal finalists in the Science and Environment category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jim Tamm explained the success and the collaboration that got their teams selected. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Millennials make up 7 percent of the federal workforce, but your agency could increase that percentage by awakening a call to serve the nation in the younger generation. That's according to Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. He explained how to awaken that call on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

The Government Accountability Office has eight recommendations it believes are essential to a modern federal pay scale system. But it's up to the Office of Personnel Management to make them happen. Robert Goldenkoff is Director of Strategic Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He explained the recommendations on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Mike Daniels, Chairman, Invincea

Changes at the Defense Department's small business and industrial base offices are drawing attention to the agency's efforts to attract innovation. Andre Gudger was Director of the Office of Small Business Programs at DoD until he took over Elana Broitman's position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in an acting role. Mike Daniels is Chairman of Invincea and Chairman Emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the small business/DoD connection has been tricky for a long time.

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