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8:11 am, March 2, 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 - 01/22/2015, 09:41am EST
Tom Simmons, Area Vice President, Public Sector, Citrix

From law enforcement to population counting, the federal government is going mobile. Nearly every department has at least one mobile computing deployment going on. And that preference for BlackBerry is melting away fast. Tom Simmons, public sector vice president at Citrix, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer an overview of mobility trends in 2015.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:31am EST
John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:29am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

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Thursday - 01/22/2015, 09:22am EST
Dr. Donald Reago, Director, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, CERDEC, U.S. Army

Army scientists and engineers are advancing sensors research in hopes of giving future soldiers enhanced situational awareness. Soldiers of 2025 and beyond may wear sensors to help detect and prevent threats like dehydration or elevated blood pressure. Dr. Donald Reago is the director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the possibilities.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:30pm EST
Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

An Obama Administration initiative to fund social programs relies on one critical factor. Agencies had to use a data-driven and evidence-based approaches for planning and spending. Ron Haskins, senior fellow for economic studies at the Brookings Institution and author of "Show Me the Evidence," tells In Depth with Francis Rose how the evidence-based funding approach works.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:28pm EST
Earl Crane, Senior Principal, Promontory Financial Group

Cybersecurity was a prominent part of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech last night. He made a direct request to Congress for more legislation that would impact cybersecurity policy and protection. Earl Crane is senior principal of the Promontory Financial Group, and former chief information security architect at the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the cyber State of the Union.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:25pm EST
Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey

The Supreme Court makes a decision today on a whistleblowing case at the Homeland Security Department. DHS fired an air marshal for blowing the whistle on the Transportation Security Administration after it canceled overnight missions during a hijacking alert. Mathew Tully is a founding partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the details of the case.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 04:22pm EST
Alex Ward, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

Almost all the pieces are in place to move some meaningful defense acquisition reform. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) are the new chairmen of the Armed Services committees in Congress, and they both have a body of work in that subject. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, are on board with an acquisition overhaul. And the likely nomination of Ash Carter as the new Defense Secretary puts the man behind the Better Buying Power concept at the top job of the Pentagon. Alex Ward is assistant director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also my guest for Pentagon Solutions today. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the anticipation for reform is mostly just hype.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 02:53pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night carried few hints about changes to federal management. But two major areas will have a direct impact on federal employees. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's in it for you.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:53am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Last night's State of the Union speech was not about you, the federal employee. You'll have to read between the lines to see where you fit in. President Barack Obama didn't follow the form many of his previous speeches where he called for major changes to federal management. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what federal employees can take away from last night's shindig.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:49am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

We've been exploring what was in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night. But what goes on behind-the-scenes at an event like this? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler was in attendance at last night's speech. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:45am EST
Michael Leiter, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Leidos

It may be unpopular, but bulk data collection by the National Security Agency is effective. Technology can't replicate what bulk data collection can do for intelligence. But more effective methods could be developed so that the collection and use of data is more targeted and controlled. Those are among the findings from a major study of signal intelligence practices. The study was just completed by the National Academies. It was requested by the President and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence a year ago. Michael Leiter is an executive vice president at Leidos and a member of the committee that authored the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the findings.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:42am EST
Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

Hearings on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense Secretary will get underway next month. They'll be much more than a discussion of Carter's qualifications. The 2016 budget proposal will also be out then, so the hearings will likely cover wider ground. So will it be smooth sailing for President Barack Obama's nominee, or a bumpy road? Defense analyst Nora Bensahel, a distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

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Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 10:40am EST
David Shea, Director, Office of Charge Card Management, GSA

For years federal employees have used credit cards for agency-approved purchases. The current General Services Administration SmartPay 2 master contracts don't expire until 2018. But the agency is wondering if there might be a better way for employees to pay for stuff. David Shea is the director of the Office of Charge Card Management at the Federal Acquisition Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the alternatives GSA is considering.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:39pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says defense procurement reform is near the top of his agenda for the new Congress -- but don't expect things to change overnight. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says it's likely to be a multi-year affair.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:36pm EST
Michael Ashford, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Granicus

About half of the federal government is at least 50-years old. One way to change that statistic is to bring new technology to your agency that will attract young people. That's according to Michael Ashford -- he's vice president of strategic partnerships at Granicus. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said some simple mobile technology can help fill your office with younger faces.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:12pm EST
Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Workforce planning for 2015 and beyond is on in federal agencies. The data from the Best Places to Work in Government survey is one group of information HR leaders in government will use, but it's not the only one. Jeri Buchholz is the chief human capital officer for NASA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said looking deep into the data is critical to making your entire agency a better place to work.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:09am EST
Jon Rymer, Inspector General, Department of Defense

A lead Inspector General will now keep tabs on the fight against the Islamic State group. That means oversight of programs from the Defense Department, State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The new IG is Jon Rymer. He's the current DoD Inspector General. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain why a separate IG was needed to oversee Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:02am EST
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Defense officials say they want to hear from big and small companies alike as the department hunts for breakthrough technology that will ensure the military's dominance well into the future. It's a grand initiative that resembles ones from the past that led to nuclear weapons and precision-guided munitions. This one the third offset strategy could have more to do with big data, robots or 3-D printers. Jonathan Aberman is the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit Tandem NSI. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss where the small companies will fit in.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 09:00am EST
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, HASC, and Jim Talent, AEI

Sequestration, cyber attacks and terrorism are just a few of the concerns that top the list for the 114th Congress. In anticipation of tonight's State of the Union address, the American Enterprise Institute will hold a "congressional roadmap for rebuilding our nation's military" at 10 a.m. Former Sen. Jim Talent is an AEI senior fellow; Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a sneak peak at the event.

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