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6:06 pm, February 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 - 02/17/2015, 04:34pm EST
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Large scale cybersecurity reform can happen, but not without congressional leadership. That's according to Dave McClure, chief strategist of Veris Group and former associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered three ways Congress can make those large and lasting changes.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 04:21pm EST
Bill Milton, Chief Human Capital Officer, USDA

Training money is usually one of the first casualties of tight budget times. But some agencies are finding ways around current budget pressures to get their employees what they need. One of them is the Department of Agriculture. Billy Milton is chief human capital officer at USDA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how USDA is getting its training done with the resources it has.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:41am EST
Eric Mill, Technologist, 18F Team, General Services Administration

A handful of government websites are taking at least one step toward making themselves more secure. They're hardcoding a security protocol that would make it more difficult for outsiders to intercept a visitor's connection. That's according to 18F, the General Services Administration's tech team. Eric Mill, a technologist and member of the 18F team, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the upgrade.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:36am EST
Nora Bensahel, School of International Service, American University

President Barack Obama has petitioned Congress for new authority to conduct military force against Islamic State militants. He's asking for a three-year authorization to fight them, or their successors, without regard for international borders. Nora Bensahel, a national defense expert and distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further analyze the President's request.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:31am EST
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director and Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit and pushed for greater sharing of information with an Executive Order. And, the Federal Aviation Administration published rules for the use of small drones over the weekend. Jonathan Aberman is chairman of the venture capital firm Amplifier Ventures and founder of TandemNSI, a non-profit. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss the news.

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Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:29am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Dealings between contractors and the government can get difficult and contentious. Yet it's important to keep discussions from getting overly nasty or personal. It may be tempting at times, but it will cost you in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the seventh commandment: Thou shall avoid hostilities. Even though there are processes for protests, disputes and appeals, a contractor should exercise caution and restraint when pursuing these avenues.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:31pm EST
Jeri Buchholz, Chief Human Capital Officer, NASA

Political leaders from both the White House and Congress are offering up ways to improve the SES. The latest in our special report, Fixing the SES, is "Why We Stay: SES In Their Own Words." Jeri Buchholz, an SES member and chief human capital officer at NASA, is taking an enterprise-wide view of the system. She tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp, the SES has its faults but it's essential to the government.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:26pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Speaker of the House John Boehner says a shutdown at the Homeland Security Department could still happen. Funding for the agency runs out next Friday, and Congress is in recess all this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Speaker isn't the only politician who seems to think a shutdown at DHS would be OK.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:23pm EST
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

A political stalemate in the Senate means the Homeland Security Department is inching closer to a shutdown in 11 days. That would mean most agency employees would still go to work and not get paid. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared more details on what a shutdown would mean for the agency's employees.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:16pm EST
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's lineup of subcommittees will include a new one in the 114th Congress. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform's new Subcommittee on Information Technology. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what to expect from his subcommittee, his four priorities, and what he'll look at first.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 09:54am EST
Jacob Stokes, Bacevich Fellow, Center for a New American Security

The White House has released its 2015 National Security Strategy. It highlights America's recovery from the financial crisis and the importance of leading in a challenged world. It also focuses on how the Defense Department will execute the rebalance to Asia and the Middle East. Jacob Stokes, a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer more analysis, as well as explain what separates this version from 2010's.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:31am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Political leaders from both the White House and Congress are offering up ways to improve the Senior Executive Service. There's the mundane the White House is launching a candidate development program. And the punitive legislation that would make it easier to fire SES members when things go wrong. Now in our special report, "Fixing the SES," we ask: Is it actually broken? Jeri Buchholz is an SES member and chief human capital officer at NASA. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that the SES has its faults but is essential to the government.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:29am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House is taking a bigger interest in the nuts and bolts of government management these days. One piece of evidence: The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service has visited the Oval Office itself twice over the past few weeks. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about what's going on. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

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Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:23am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Does the Senior Executive Service need to be fixed? And if so, how? Federal News Radio is currently examining these questions in a four-part special report, "Fixing the SES." Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to relay some of your thoughts on it.

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Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:17pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is part-way through it's first-ever attempt to take an enterprise-wide approach to cybersecurity. There's good news and bad news so far: The service now has a robust accounting of all of its cyber vulnerabilities. But fixing all of them would cost more than the Navy can afford. More details from Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:12pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

One third of current Senior Executive Service members say they would not join the SES if offered the chance today. That's according to the results of Federal News Radio's online survey. Not the case for Leslie Knope on the TV show *Parks and Recreation -- she's getting promoted from a job at the National Park Service to a senior management position at the Interior Department. Leslie Knope is probably more excited about joining the SES than most of today's SESers. Tom Shoop is editor in chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said there are a few reasons why this isn't entirely accurate of most federal managers.

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Friday - 02/13/2015, 05:08pm EST
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, GAO

The 2015 edition of the High Risk List is out from the Government Accountability Office. It includes two new areas, and no areas came off the list this year. Gene Dodaro is Comptroller General of the United States. He introduced the List this week and testified about it to both the House and the Senate. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he gets one question about the High Risk List more than any other.

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Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:54am EST
Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, Director, Naval Surface Warfare

The USS Kauffman is now the last of its breed. The 453-foot Navy ship is on a six-month deployment that marks the final mission for any Navy frigate. All the rest have been decommissioned. Kauffmann will follow suit when it returns from Central America in September. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, the Navy's director of Surface Warfare, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the rationale behind the decommissioning, the policy behind it and how the Navy intends to replace the frigates.

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Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:14am EST
Matt Hummer, Director of Analytics, Govini

Homeland Security officials and their many constituencies are wondering how Congress will resolve the department's budget tug of war. Secretary Jeh Johnson has testified a funding lapse would result in 30,000 furloughs. Another fallout would be a slowdown in cybersecurity spending. Matt Hummer, director of analytics at the data firm Govini, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin in studio with more on that possibility.

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Friday - 02/13/2015, 09:12am EST
Sean Vitka, Federal Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation

The federal government has agreed to release one of the largest indexes of government data in the world. The Office of Management and Budget will fulfill a Freedom of Information Act request filed last December by the Sunlight Foundation. Sean Vitka, a federal policy manager at the Sunlight Foundation, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what that data will cover.

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