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9:49 pm, December 20, 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 - 11/11/2014, 04:27pm EST
Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

More than 1,000 employees at the Veterans Affairs Department face disciplinary action over the next year. VA Secretary Bob McDonald says he's taking an aggressive approach towards the people responsible for long wait times and malpractice cover ups. Carol Bonosaro is president of the Senior Executives Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley the senior executive service won't have access to due process like other employees if they're punished.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The 113th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in history, according to the Pew Research Center. When Republicans take over the Senate in January, they'll deal with President Barack Obama entering his lame duck years. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared legislation that helps federal employees she'll try to push through the political standoff.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:20pm EST
John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

A renewed focus on customer service is at the heart of the massive re-org at the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Bob McDonald says the agency will hire a Chief Customer Service Officer. John Salamone is vice president for FMP Consulting, and former Executive Director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. He's bringing his workforce management experience and knowledge to the National Academy of Public Administration as one of their new fellows. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared advice on how the VA can successfully deliver its promise for better customer service.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 04:06pm EST
Dr. Michael Matthews, Professor, US Military Academy

The study of the psychology of the enemy, and one's own force and strategy, is becoming increasingly critical because of the new kinds of threats the country faces. One expert in that field suggests a psychological surge is necessary for the U.S. military to succeed in the future. Dr. Michael Matthews is an engineering psychology professor at the U.S. Military Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why some people are wrong to consider the term "war psychology" an oxymoron.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:40am EST
John Grant, General Services Administration

Although many have retired, the later wave of Vietnam veterans are still active in the federal workforce, including John Grant, the Region Eight customer accounts and research director in the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. At one time in special forces, Grant worked in the technology industry before joining the federal government. He's also active in the ACT-IAC group. Grant spoke with Tom Temin at the recent ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:38am EST
Rick Holgate, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Around federal information technology circles, Rick Holgate's name is roughly synonymous with mobile computing. As CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Holgate is an early and enthusiastic adopter of mobile technologies. But what's new eventually gets a little dated. Now ATF is about to undergo a pretty big technology refresh. Rick Holgate joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:31am EST
Randy Tharp, Director of Business Development, Five 9 Group

It may seem like a leap to go from Army sniper to a career helping federal agencies deliver great online customer service and software development practices. But that's the story of Randy Tharp. He's a wounded warrior of two tours of duty in Iraq, and he's also had two tours of duty as a federal civilian employee before heading to the Five 9 Group. Tom Temin spoke to Tharp on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:30am EST
Tim Sullivan, Thompson Coburn and Public Contracting Institute

Subcontractors live in a sort of netherworld. They often don't deal directly with the government, and they're subject to capriciousness by the primes. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. In today's installment, Sullivan tackles myth number four: It's better to work as a subcontractor because our company won't be exposed directly to the government the way a prime is. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:14pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is coming back to Washington tonight after the mid term elections. But it's not the new Congress -- it's the same Congress that was here before the election, the same one that left your agency's budget on hold. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the work the House and Senate appropriations Committees are doing to get ready to fund your agency for the rest of fiscal 2015.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:11pm EST
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

The federal government is supposed to be four years into an effort to inventory all the programs it runs. But that effort hasn't made it very far. The inventory is a requirement of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010. Chris Mihm is managing director of Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared recommendations to help OMB find duplicative programs to cut.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 05:06pm EST
Simon Szykman, Chief Technology Officer for Federal, Attain

An effort to bring 12 bureau-level IT operations under one umbrella continues at the Commerce Department. Former Chief Information Officer Simon Szykman started that effort. He's now the Chief Technology Officer for Federal at Attain. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the agency still has a way to go to call its consolidation effort a success story.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:39pm EST
Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Videos and simulations are just some of the innovative tools the Hubert Project at the University of Minnesota places in the hands of futue public sector leaders. Eric Schwartz is Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a new National Academy of Public Administration fellow. He's also former assistant secretary of State for population, refugees and migration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Schwartz explained how to train the next public affairs leaders at your agency.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 04:30pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Information on more than 800,000 current and former employees of the Postal Service is now in the hands of hackers. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says there's no evidence anyone has used the information improperly. The Postal Service Inspector General's Office learned about the attack in September, but employees only heard the details today. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what we know right now.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:11am EST
Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer, Commerce Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. Ellen Herbst is the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for administration at the Commerce Department. She's also one of the newly elected NAPA fellows. Herbst joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain how she can contribute to the academy's work.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:06am EST
Dick Stapleton, Health and Human Services Department

Everyone's on smartphones and tablets these days and lots of websites are becoming more mobile-friendly. This year, the Health and Human Services Department moved HHS.gov to a responsive design template. That lets users more easily read, pan and scroll on a website regardless of the viewing device. Now HHS is sharing its design code so other agencies can make their own websites more responsive. Dick Stapleton, deputy director of the HHS Digital Communications Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

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Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:02am EST
Sharon Roth, Senior Research Analyst, Merit Systems Protection Board

Just in time for Veterans Day, the Merit Systems Protection Board has issued fresh guidance for federal managers on the topic of veterans hiring preferences. Two laws underpin the myriad of veterans preference regulations. Sharon Roth, a senior research analyst at the Merit Systems Protection Board, was the project manager of the report. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the new guidance.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 05:53pm EST
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

October 2014 may go down in history as the start of the federal retirement tsunami. The Office of Personnel Management's backlog of claims grew by about 1,500, for a total of a little more than 14,000 claims. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley asked senior correspondent Mike Causey if this is really the start to the dreaded retirement tsunami.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 05:50pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

2017 is the hopeful start date for the Navy and Marine Corps to integrate their public Internet connections into a shared cybersecurity architecture. But the maritime services say they still have some unanswered questions about who pays for what. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about what's underway in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 11/07/2014, 05:46pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor-in-Chief, Government Executive magazine

The big post-election question in Washington is: "How will the divided government move forward and avoid gridlock?" The results of the election may mean something different for agencies than they mean for political pundits. Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine, was on In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about what comes next.

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