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4:23 pm, 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.).

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:45pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Two of the Air Force's most controversial budget proposals -- getting rid of excess bases and retiring aging aircraft -- will be back on the table in next year's budget. The force will try again this year, even though Congress voted against the proposals just a month ago. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:42pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Bureaucracy is not the problem in most acquisition shops in government. That's one finding from new research from the National Academy of Public Administration. The Federal Acquisition Regulations aren't the biggest holdup to better acquisition. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he dissected the conclusions of the new NAPA report that shows your agency's acquisition shop doesn't really have a bureaucracy problem.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:38pm EST
August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

New acquisition initiatives are out from the Air Force. The search for innovation in acquisition takes many IT leaders in government to Silicon Valley. August Cole is Director of the Art of Future War program in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also a writer-in-residence at Avascent. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the defense industrial base should engage Silicon Valley.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:18am EST
Dr. Stephen Cozza, Uniformed Services University

When someone dies, those left behind each grieve in their own way. Now for the first time a large-scale study is underway to understand the impact that the death of a service member has on his or her family. Dr. Stephen Cozza is Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the National Military Bereavement Study.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:17am EST
Alan Raul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

No enterprise is safe from cyber attacks these days. Federal agencies, critical infrastructure operators, even movie makers. But today, digital pirates have less to fear from the United States than did the Barbary Coast pirates of the 18th century. Alan Raul is a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin and former vice chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 08:10am EST
Rich Buetel, IT Acquisition Expert & Policy Adviser

After nearly three years on the job, Dan Tangherlini announced yesterday that he will be stepping down as administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA). His last day is Feb. 13. The agency today, however, is very different from the one he took over in 2012. Rich Buetel, a longtime Hill staff member and an IT acquisition expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on those changes, as well as what might be next for GSA.

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Friday - 01/16/2015, 05:46am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced a bill this week that could have a significant impact on government employees. Instead of the usual, and sometimes forgotten, 1 percent pay increase, Connolly's bill proposes a 3.8 percent pay raise. The question now is will it ever pass? Soon after, federal employees began to speak out about the bill. Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of your comments.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:26pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel. Casey Coleman, Todd Park. Bernie Mazer. Simon Szykman. These were just five of the 23 federal chief information officers and other senior IT leaders who left their positions in 2014. Turnover at the CIO position is not uncommon. But the data and analysis of this exodus show a combination of encouraging and disturbing trends. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller has been tracking the turnover of CIOs.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:20pm EST
Ernest Moniz, Secretary, Energy Department

President Barack Obama told agency leaders to focus on management, streamline programs and improve customer service. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz took the directive to heart. He restructured the department a year ago to create a new undersecretary of performance and management. Now, he says he is stopping expensive project overruns and scheduling delays. Before his first major speech on the newest changes, Ernest Moniz sat down with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:15pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is kicking off a series of targeted acquisition initiatives that its leaders say will bring in more competition, cut out internal bureaucracy and ultimately lead to faster, cheaper procurements. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 05:09pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Dan Tangherlini is leaving as administrator of the General Services Administration. He tells GSA personnel in an email today that his last day will be Feb. 13. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he reviewed the legacy of Dan Tangherlini at GSA.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 04:49pm EST
Jasper Graham, Senior Vice President of Cyber Technologies, Darktrace

Most organizations believe in getting intruders off your network as quickly as possible. But you may be missing out on a chance to learn how hackers operate. Jasper Graham is senior vice president of cyber technologies and anlytics at Darktrace, and former Technical Director at the National Security Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what a "honeypot" is, and why you might want to use one.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 04:45pm EST
Prashant Gaur, President, Credence

A stronger economy is persuading senior executives to leave their jobs in the federal government. Twenty-three federal chief information officers and other senior IT leaders left their positions in 2014. One reason why is more industry job opportunities because of the improved economy. Prashant Gaur is president of Credence, and former Director of Enterprise Integration at the Defense Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained ways to streamline the reintegration of federal executives into the private sector.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:49am EST
Dr. Neil Cheatwood, Senior Engineer, NASA Langley

NASA is aiming to send humans deeper into space than ever before. Maybe to an asteroid, maybe to Mars. The mission presents a whole new set of technical challenges. Engineers are hopeful that an inflatable heat shield, shaped like a stack of doughnuts, will be the key to landing a large, manned spacecraft on Mars. Dr. Neil Cheatwood is NASA Langley's Senior Engineer for Advanced Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing Systems. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss how the heat shield will hopefully kick off the next age of space travel.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:45am EST
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw, Bransford & Roth P.C.

The Office of Special Counsel recently blocked the removal of a TSA inspector in South Carolina. The inspector was also a whistleblower. Kimberly Barnett alleges her supervisor violated agency safety rules and falsified the amount of time he worked and spent in training. The supervisor retaliated unsuccessfully. Debra Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin for this week's Legal Loop segment to discuss the significance of this case.

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Thursday - 01/15/2015, 10:43am EST
Jim Demetriades, Veterans Health Administration

You might only know it from "Jeopardy!" but IBM's famous Watson technology has found a new use. Veterans Affairs plans to use it as part of a pilot program to quickly search electronic medical records. If it works as planned, it'll allow VA doctors to spend more time with their patients. Jim Demetriades is the director of emerging health technologies at the Veterans Health Administration. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program.

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Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:03pm EST
Koskinen: Furloughs possible for IRS employees

Employees at the Internal Revenue Service may face two days of furloughs before the end of the fiscal year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailed stark budget realities in an agency-wide e-mail to employees.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:17pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senior technology leaders in the government exited in unusually large numbers last year. The reasons for this CIO exodus aren't entire clear. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller gives In Depth with Francis Rose a preview of his special report, "CIOs on the Move."

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Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:15pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency is no longer the Defense Department's exclusive buyer of cloud computing services, but it is still in charge of security standards. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports DISA's new cloud security revamp is all about the idea of informed risk.

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Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 04:13pm EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management is reviewing information about the problem with a portal federal retirees use. Some people that used the portal on Monday found out they could see other people's information. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp reports OPM is being very careful not to call the incident a data breach.

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