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3:37 am, November 29, 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.).

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 04:04pm EDT
Charlie Armstrong, CIO, Customs and Border Protection

Federal chief information officers say overwhelmingly that cybersecurity is their top priority. That data is from the 2014 Federal News Radio Chief Information Officer survey. Charlie Armstrong is the chief information officer for the Customs and Border Protection directorate in the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller how CBP's priorities begin and end with cybersecurity.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:15pm EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:05pm EDT
J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

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Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

The Air Force spent nearly half a billion dollars on airplanes, only to turn them into scrap metal. Now, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is wondering why. The planes were Italian-made transports intended for use by the Afghan Air Force. But the Afghans couldn't maintain the planes and the program ended after they'd only flow for a few hours. Deputy Inspector General Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Commercial and government online identity theft forces the White House to give agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. President Barack Obama announces major changes to the security of government credit cards and other payment methods. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about those changes. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about you should expect starting in January.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:31pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The government's response to Ebola will get another look from Congress. But that look won't be for a while, and it won't be from a health oversight committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee will look at Ebola on Nov. 6, after the Congressional elections. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and hosts the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Congressional plan.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Customs and Border Protection is up to about $2.5 billion in spending on equipment to provide a firewall against materials terrorists could use to make weapons of mass destruction. They spend a lot less than that to make sure the equipment -- and the operators -- are doing the job. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how CBP can make the most out of its covert operations budget.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

About one in four Presidential Management Fellows leave the program thinking that having a federal job was actually worse than they thought. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said research on data from Fellows leaving the program shows it's time for some updates.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

Six airstrikes near Kobani in Syria are part of today's Operation Inherent Resolve action. The Defense Department says the military executed two more airstrikes near Fallujah in Iraq. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at American University, and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He writes in Foreign Policy magazine under the title "The Varnish of Vietnam." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the fight against the Islamic State isn't winnable.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

Some of the Commerce Department's prime data will be easier for other agencies and the public to find, thanks to a collaboration with New York University. Their Governance Laboratory lists seven key areas for the agency to improve to make its data more valuable. Mark Doms is Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the partnership got started, how it will work, and who wins.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:18am EDT
Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a former Federal Air Marshal turned whistleblower on Nov. 4. Robert MacLean was fired after he told the media about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to use fewer air marshals on long distance flights. This is the first case the Supreme Court will hear that directly involves a federal whistleblower. Matt Tully, founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:11am EDT
Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

You might be a dog on the Internet, but nobody can tell for sure. Confidence in who people say they are online is vital to a cyber secure future for government and industry. People at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have been working on this problem within the Commerce Department for a couple of years now. Jeremy Grant is senior executive advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some recent progress.

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Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:23pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Federal employees planning their retirement need to make a lot of decisions, including how to leave a surviving spouse in good financial shape after death. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, says its one of the most important questions you need to answer before retiring. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options.

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Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:21pm EDT
Kathleen Cowles, Principal, Deep Water Point

Federal CIOs spend about 75 percent of their budgets on legacy IT systems. Experts say innovation on shared models, acquisition and technology policy will give government the ability to meet emerging needs. Building that collaboration culture across government is key to driving cost savings. Kathleen Cowles, industry chair of the Executive Leadership Conference and a principal at Deep Water Point, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the path forward for federal IT spending.

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Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:06am EDT
Bennie Adkins, Medal of Honor Recipient

The Army brought its top brass to Washington this week for its annual Association of the U.S. Army Expo. Among the dignitaries, an unusual recipient of the Medal of Honor. It's typically given to service members within three years of their heroics in battle. In the case of 80 year old retired Special Forces member Bennie Adkins, it took nearly five decades. Adkins tells Emily Kopp how he learned he would receive the nation's highest military award.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 05:02pm EDT
Stephen King, Director, Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program

The program billed as the world's largest provider of assistive technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary this week. The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has made technology like speech recognition software or pens that double as recording devices mainstays in offices devoted to helping people with disabilities. CAP Director Stephen King joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a progress report on how the program has helped thousands of wounded service members and disabled federal employees so far.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Bringing back the rule of three may be the key to improving how you assess candidates for federal jobs and how you improve the category ratings system. That's according to Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said category ratings aren't the problem, and that agencies can improve the process by conducting better assessments.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Melissa Starinsky, Chancellor, VA Acquisition Academy

The acquisition workforce is issue number one for just about every person Federal News Radio has talked to as part of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus - taking stock for the future. Melissa Starinsky is chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said they're realizing some success in training the acquisition workforce of the future.

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