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11:25 pm, September 16, 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.).

Friday - 09/05/2014, 09:15am EDT
Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

U.S. surveillance flights are buzzed by Chinese fighter jets armed to the teeth. The Air Force conducts more than 150 bombing raids on the ISIS army in Iraq. President Barack Obama sends 1,000 troops to protect the embassy in Baghdad. NATO leaders wonder if they'll have to mobilize to defend against Russian aggression. Everywhere you look, there's military activity or the potential for more of it. How does all this play out when the U.S. defense budget is flat or shrinking? And the military's technical leadership eroding? Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with answers. Read the related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 08:14am EDT
Mark Reinhold, Associate Director for Employee Services, Office of Personnel Management

The White House is restarting its Senior Executive Service reform effort. The Office of Personnel Management will launch several new initiatives in the coming months, including a new SES onboarding framework. Mark Reinhold is OPM's associate director for employee services. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller about the revitalized efforts to improve the SES program. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:22am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:18am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

A 1 percent pay raise is in the works for federal employees and military members. But are people happy about it? The answer is yes and no, depending on who you ask. We asked, and you answered at Federal News Radio.com. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," was how Charles Dickens started off the novel Tale of Two Cities. But that introduction could also start a novel about your agency. Jeff Neal is 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 drew some similarities between the federal government and the Dickensian world.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Greg Rayburn, Security Analyst, Fluke Networks

Drones may wind up the future weapon of choice in cyber attacks. Some cybersecurity analysts discover a cheap unmanned drone can be very effective at breaching wireless networks. Greg Rayburn is a security analyst for Fluke Networks. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are many different scenarios where a drone can pose a major cyber threat to your agency.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Internal Revenue Service has a hard number of how much money each of their revenue agents brings in for every dollar invested in their pay and benefits. But that's not possible for every agency or every job description. Bob Tobias is a professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared what he thinks the key is to put a dollar value on the work employees do.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Rob Roy, Federal Chief Technology Officer, HP Enterprise Security

The Homeland Security Department will debut its continuous diagnostics and mitigation dashboard. It's the latest effort from the government to transition to a CDM model. Rob Roy is federal chief technology officer of HP Enterprise Security Products. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said problems like these aren't unique in the federal government.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 09:19am EDT
Capt. Jim Loper, Navy Warfare Development Command

The Navy has built an unmanned undersea vehicle that mimics the motions of the fish it resembles. The robotic fish is packed with acoustic sensors and cameras. Navy developers hope it will carry out a range full of missions like undersea mine detection or prolonged surveillance of ships, ports and submarines. Capt. Jim Loper is the concepts and innovation department head at the Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on Robo Tuna.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 09:08am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

A former special agent in charge of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used extremely poor judgment in a disability lawsuit. That's according to the Justice Department's inspector general. It looked into the case of Justin Slaby, a service-disabled Iraq veteran who was kicked out of the FBI training academy. The IG found that Teresa Carlson improperly tried to influence the deposition of the agent responsible for training Slaby. You might call it a lesson learned the hard way. In this week's legal loop, Attorney Debra Roth tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how supervisors should treat employees who are being deposed.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 07:35am EDT
Vincent Micone, Chairman, Combined Federal Campaign, National Capital Region

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign is taking a page from the ALS Foundation's ice bucket challenge. This comes after what might be called an off year for the federal charitable campaign in 2013. The CFC formally kicked off yesterday with plans to use social media to reach a new generation of donors. Vincent Micone is the chairman of the CFC for the national capital region. He tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the CFC plans to rebound from a tough 2013. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 06:43am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is rolling out a series of initiatives that it says will respond to a problem its leaders have been worried about for years. The U.S. military still has the best technology in the world, but that advantage is shrinking fast. It's got DoD leaders alarmed. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:52am EDT
Meghan Ferriter, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian wants to unlock the detailed stories behind many of its exhibits, and it needs the public to make this feat possible. Smithsonian's Transcription Center website features more than 39,000 digitized documents that it wants to use the power of the crowd to transcribe. Meghan Ferriter, project coordinator for the Smithsonian's Transcription Center, explained her group's crowdsourcing goals when she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:47am EDT
Bob Behn, Author, PerformanceStat Potential

Using a data-driven approach to performance analysis is not a suggestion. It's included in the Government Performance and Results Act modernization law. And while it's something that the Office of Management and Budget expects, it doesn't give you an instruction manual. Bob Behn is the author of PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. He's been researching a book on the movement for since 2001. He told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp how the Stat movement began and why he calls it a leadership strategy.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans will soon be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country. Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the Veterans Health Administration, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new apps and the growing use of telehealth services across VA. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is muscling contractors out of the federal marketplace. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger said GSA will use a string of new contracts for office supplies as a form of supplier suppression.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

A former technology leader at the General Services Administration has a new job in the private sector. Dave McClure served as GSA's associate administrator for the Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies for five years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the next chapter in his professional career. Read the related article

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expects his agency to have more staffing issues next year unless it can receive some financial support from Congress. During this year's tax season, almost half the people who called the IRS couldn't reach a live person. Greg Stanford, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency's staffing problem is due to more than just a lack of money.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:03pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, IRS

John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has now seen every one of the 25 largest IRS offices outside of D.C. in person. He says he took the trips to personally see every office and meet with leadership,employees and union leaders. In an exclusive interview at IRS headquarters, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his observations of employee morale. Read the related article

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