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1:40 am, April 26, 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.).

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has a list of 36 ways to improve its information security systems. The Government Accountability Office says it's finished with 27 of them, and the agency's completing the rest. Gregory Wilshusen is director of information security issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to help the FDIC plug the rest of the gaps in its security systems.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:19am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The case of Neustar versus the federal government provides one of this year's most important cautionary tales. It's risky to become overly dependent on a single federal contract, even a long-term one. Eventually, everything comes up for recompete. Neustar, which manages cell phone number portability under an FCC contract, lost its recompete last year to Ericsson. It's been protesting ever since. Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the Neustar case.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:18am EDT
Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, Director, Air Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy and Air Force contemplate partnering up to develop the next generation of fighters, which are currently due out in 2030. Rear Adm. Mike Manazir is the director of Air Warfare for the Navy. He says the goal is to develop a successor that fits both services' goals. On the Federal Drive at the Sea-Air-Space 2015 conference at National Harbor, Manazir gave Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp his vision for the future of naval aviation.

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Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:14am EDT
Sergio Fernandez, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Agencies have been using the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to get feedback since 2002. It's one of the main tools used by the Office of Personnel Management to monitor agencies' human capital management efforts. Now a group of researchers says the survey itself could stand some touching up. After reviewing more than 40 research articles based on Viewpoint survey data, they say there's room for improvement in survey data quality. Dr. Sergio Fernandez is an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington. He is also one of the authors of the report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about what the research team found.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 05:13pm EDT
David Hawkings, senior editor, CQ Roll Call

The House of Representatives is gearing up to tackle the first two of 12 appropriations bills for 2016. The plan right now is to bring them to the floor at the end of April. David Hawkings is senior editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted how the chamber might try to avoid a last-minute scramble and another cromnibus bill.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 04:58pm EDT
Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Law School

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) wants to tie federal salaries to the country's economic growth rate. His bill calls for an immediate 9 percent pay cut for federal employees who make at least $100,000. Steve Kelman is professor of public management for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this isn't a good idea, but in some ways it does make sense.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:54am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is creating a new commodity technology shared service provider to serve the Pentagon and other locations in the Washington, D.C. area. DoD will issue a memo in the coming weeks to merge the Army's IT agency and other IT service providers into the Defense Information System Agency. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller has exclusive details of this new shared services set up. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review them.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:36am EDT
Ron Abrams, Joint Executive Director, National Veterans Legal Services Program

A number of veterans organization are suing the Veterans Affairs Department over a new rule regarding disability claims. The rule only went into effect a week ago, but the lawsuit claims it's eliminated most informal VA claims, and limits the types of claims VA can adjudicate. One change means that letters written into VA no longer count as claims; now everything has to be on a standardized form. Ron Abrams is a former VA staff member, and now the joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lawsuit and its ramifications.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:27am EDT
Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

When we last checked in with Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the service was operating under a continuing resolution. Zukunft told us that funding was not keeping pace with the Coast Guard's need for better infrastructure, and that meant the Coast Guard wasn't keeping pace in some of its most important missions like stopping drug-runners because of its funding problems. Now, at least one thing is different: The service has a full budget for the remainder of the year. Zukunft joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the Sea Air Space 2015 conference at National Harbor with more on how things are operating now.

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Monday - 04/13/2015, 09:23am EDT
Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, Director, Undersea Warfare, U.S. Navy

The Navy says its aging fleet of nuclear-armed submarines can't last much longer. The Ohio-class subs now doing the job were supposed to be retired years ago. But replacing them is complicated and costly. It's also the Navy's top shipbuilding priority. Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, the Navy's director of undersea warfare, spoke about the Ohio replacement program at Sea-Air-Space 2015. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with a preview.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As part of the Pentagon's newly-unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0, officials say they're planning a concerted push for more open architectures - and owning the data rights to acquisition systems where it's appropriate. But DoD is trying to reassure companies that doesn't mean it will try to demand ownership of its most valued proprietary technology. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:56pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The White House wants agencies to start preparing now for the final year of the administration's cross-agency management goals. The Office of Management and Budget says the final year will focus on making those changes permanent so they'll carry over into the next administration. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how agencies can prepare for the beginning of the end.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The House and Senate budget plans for fiscal 2016 could transform the federal workforce. The House plan would save $281 billion over ten years through staffing cuts and benefits reform. The Senate plan would save $170 billion in similar ways. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his predictions for some potential consequences of the budget plans at your agency.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:44am EDT
Jamie Forzato, Reporter, WTOP

A case of alleged armed domestic kidnapping lands on the doorstep of a federal agency. And now a building guard is dead from gunshot wounds. WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive live from Suitland, MD, with the latest on the shooting.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:38am EDT
Kelly Thresher, Public Policy Analyst, Office of the Inspector General

The Postal Service's Inspector General proposes a novel solution for cutting costs: Adopt augmented reality. The IG says the Postal Service could save time and money by outfitting drivers with augmented reality glasses. AR technology allows mobile devices to superimpose digital information on a real-world view. Kelly Thresher is a public policy analyst at the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on how augmented reality could help USPS.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:30am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen continues his public persuasion tour to get Congress to better fund his agency. His latest stop: The Brookings Institution. There, Koskinen talks about the growing disconnect on Capitol Hill. He says many members want to give the IRS more responsibilities while also cutting its funding. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how Koskinen is dealing with the conflicting messages from lawmakers.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 06:08am EDT
Steve Buerger, Project Lead, Sandia National Labs

Robotics have advanced to a place where walking machines may soon be sent into emergency response situations too dangerous for people. This reality is made possible only through a long battery life and mechanical systems that don't eat up all the battery's energy stores. Steve Buerger is a project lead in the intelligent systems control department at Sandia National Labs. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how it all works.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:51pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Washington, D.C. is a great place to look for business deals with federal agencies. But it's not the only place. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, has a top-three list for increasing federal business opportunities. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the first is to think outside of the capital city.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Millenials are leaving the federal government in big numbers. A lack of innovation is one contributor. The Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in Government research shows the government's innovation score is down again. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service, says innovation, or lack thereof is a sticky topic in government right now.

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