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11:12 am, January 31, 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.).

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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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:55am EST
John Shoraka, Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is proposing a new rule that it says will help small companies get government contracts. Among the changes is that two or more small firms could bid as a joint venture, while not losing their small-business status. To discuss that and more, John Shoraka, SBA's Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 08:47am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Experienced executives know they can't keep reporting to the same contacts when something goes wrong. They also never lose sight of the fact that most government actions originate with low or mid-level employees. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the new blog, "A Government Contractor's Ten Commandments." He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle his third commandment: Thou shalt start as low as possible &mdash: not at the top of the ladder.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 05:48pm EST
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

More than 90 percent of federal managers say better technology helps them be more productive for their agency. But that doesn't mean their lives are any easier. New research from the National Academy of Public Administration and ICF International shows about 30 percent agency managers have to bring their work home with them now. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, a NAPA fellow, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some of the 13 findings and 14 recommendations from the research.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 05:14pm EST
Maria Roat, Chief Technology Officer, Transportation Department

Agencies are slowly realizing the benefits of cloud computing don't rest in real dollar savings. Agencies like the Transportation Department should expect the move to cloud services to provide mission-focused value instead. Maria Roat, DOT's chief technology officer, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how agencies are changing their expectations of cloud computing.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:40pm EST
Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is falling short on securing federal buildings from cyber attack. Your office may be vulnerable to attacks that would keep you from getting in or out, or could make the climate in the building unbearable. It may even encounter other problems that could impact the ability of your agency to meet its mission. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said building security is far more complicated than it used to be.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:33pm EST
Bill Eggers, Global Public Sector Research Director, Deloitte

The Data Act will give your agency more tools to use data to make decisions. Some people have applied the term "moneyball" to that concept from the eponymous book about the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Bill Eggers is Global Public Sector Research Director at Deloitte. He is the head of the Government 2020 effort. One element of Gov 2020 is looking at how governments use data. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bill said some definitions of "data driven government" are a little different from each other.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:30pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A few details about tomorrow night's State of the Union Address are trickling out of the White House. President Barack Obama will speak to a joint session of Congress tomorrow night. Members of Congress will be in Washington tomorrow, but not a lot of work will get done. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the work of the 114th Congress was already off to a slow start.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:44am EST
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Two Justice Department prosecutors were briefly suspended for withholding evidence during the 2008 corruption trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens. Now they've won their appeals over a technicality in how Justice handled their case. According to the Merit System Protection Board, Justice violated its own procedures in punishing the duo. Lynne Bernabei, a partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the case.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:37am EST
Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director, National Weather Service, NOAA

With the help of higher resolution modeling systems, less disruption to daily life and the economy occurred than otherwise might have when hurricane Arthur made landfall last year. That's thanks to a highly accurate landfall prediction made possible by supercomputers. This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration begins the next phase of a $44.5 million upgrade to its supercomputers. Dr. Louis Uccellini is director of the National Weather Service at NOAA. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the strategy behind NOAA's newest upgrade.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:33am EST
Wolf Tombe, CTO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Not a day goes by when working people don't touch high technology in one form or another. Wolfe Tombe is the chief technology officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protections. He was one of the two keynote speakers at the government conference at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. He also spent a lot of time on the show floor. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain exactly what a federal CTO does, and how the position differs from that of a Chief Information Officer.

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Monday - 01/19/2015, 09:23am EST
Mark Papermaster, CTO and Senior VP, AMD

It's a chief technology officer's job to see the big picture, recognize trends, assess threats and anticipate where it's all heading. Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and senior vice president at computer chip designer AMD. He spoke alongside Customs and Border Protection CTO Wolf Tombe at the government conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how a CTO's job can vary in the private sector.

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