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8:26 am, May 30, 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 - 05/15/2015, 09:11am EDT
John Hudak, Fellow, Brookings Institution

Inspectors General exist to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse. They save and recover money for the government. But how do your measure the effectiveness of the IGs themselves? Researchers at the Brookings Institution think they've found a way to figure out the return on investment agencies get from their inspectors general. John Hudak is a fellow at Brookings, and co-authored the research report. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the findings and the methodology behind them.

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Friday - 05/15/2015, 09:02am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

The Defense Department wants to build tighter connections with Silicon Valley, as part of a new technology offset strategy. In fact, Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the plan in Silicon Valley, at Stanford University. Homeland Security announces also plans to establish a Silicon Valley satellite office. The move west isn't a bad idea, but local venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman argues, the government might be overlooking innovation talent right in its own back yard. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:20pm EDT
Jean C. Zenklusen, Cancer Genome Atlas Program, NCI

Doctors and scientists know more about diagnosing and treating cancer than ever before, thanks to the discoveries of the Cancer Genome Atlas. The atlas maps genetic mutations of 33 different cancers and collects more than 11,000 specimens. Jean Claude Zenklusen is director of the Cancer Genome Atlas Program Office at the National Cancer Institute. He and his colleague, Carolyn Hutter of the National Human Genome Research Institute, are Service to America medal finalists in the Science and Environment category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what the atlas entails.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Your agency's program managers could soon have new guidelines, training and recruitment policies. Reps. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduce the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. It organizes a council with senior leaders in the Office of Management and Budget to set new standards for program managers. It also designates one senior executive in each agency as the Program Management Improvement Officer. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and a former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how this could impact your agency's project portfolio.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:08pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Contractors are responsible for reporting 11 transactional data elements under a proposed rule from the General Services Administration. GSA says it won't take long for companies to get their systems ready for the new requirements and then do the reporting. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, the time it will take companies to meet GSA's proposed requirements is at least 30 times more than what the agency is predicting.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 11:54am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One thing federal agency managers have learned over the past year, is that cybersecurity isn't just an IT problem. It impacts every part of an organization. That's why the National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a new publication to help managers embed cybersecurity thinking throughout their organizations. Ron Ross is a fellow at NIST. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about how the agency is borrowing a page from an international standard.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 10:58am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced a series of overhauls to the Navy and Marine Corps' personnel system, saying it needs more flexibility to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the changes will impact everything from how service members are promoted to physical fitness tests and military uniforms.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:11am EDT
Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

You never know what can come up in a psychiatric session. At the Veterans Affairs medical center in Louisville, two patients complained that Dr. Patricia Kinne revealed her sexual orientation. They requested another doctor, and she received a warning from center management. But management's case didn't prevail at the Office of Special Counsel. Federal employment attorney Cheri Cannon of the law firm Tully Rinckey joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the lessons learned in this case.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:09am EDT
Marilyn Park, Legislative Representative, AFGE

A bill introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) would restore collective bargaining rights to health care providers at the Veteran's Affairs Department. Under the current system, nurses, doctors and dentists, among others, do not have the same bargaining rights as other federal employees. Marilyn Park is a legislative representative at the American Federation of Government Employees. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk more about the VA Employee Fairness Act.

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Thursday - 05/14/2015, 09:05am EDT
Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.)

One rookie member of Congress is getting serious about bringing government waste to light. He's just released the first issue of Waste Watch. The report kicks off an ongoing series to track waste and mismanagement in government. It identifies 10 specific instances from recent years, totaling more than $117 million. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) represents Oklahoma's fifth district. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said his efforts to highlight wasteful spending are inspired by a fellow Oklahoman.

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Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 12:23pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The FBI provided a host of new capabilities for federal and local law enforcement officials to improve how they identify suspects. The Next Generation Identification System replaced a 15-year-old fingerprint system with advanced biometrics. Jim Preaskorn is the program manager for the I-D system. He told Executive Editor Jason Miller about and why AFCEA Bethesda recognized it with an award.

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Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:41am EDT
Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has named winners of this year's Federal Green Challenge, which prompts agencies to help reduce the entire government's environmental footprint. More than 400 agencies participated this year. Mathy Stanislaus, the assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the challenge, and this year's winners.

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Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 09:39am EDT
Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice

Aging inmates are putting a strain on the Bureau of Prisons. That's according a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General. The IG found older inmates incur greater medical costs, and that many prisons aren't properly equipped to handle a geriatric inmate population. Michael Horowitz is the Justice IG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more from the report and how the Bureau of Prisons might respond.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Branching out into new lines of business isn't likely to solve the Postal Service's multibillion dollar financial problems on its own. But USPS officials say they're looking at ways to use technology to deliver new services and to keep traditional mail relevant in a digital world. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Ed DeSeve, Co-Chair, Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative

The next administration will have a new sounding board to help make the move to the Executive Branch go smoother. The National Academy of Public Administration and American Society for Public Administration launch the Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative. It will advise the new president on management best practices and challenges. Ed DeSeve is a co-chair of the group and former senior advisor to the director for implementation of the Recovery Act in the Office of Management and Budget. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the council will do.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:24pm EDT
Charlie Johnson, Political Science Professor, Texas A&M University

Inspectors general have four steps toward an independent and positive relationship between two branches of government. That's according to a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Charlie Johnson, a political science professor at Texas A and M University, is also a co-author of the report. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the inspectors general he spoke with across government, who say balancing Congress and agency leaders is like "straddling a barbed wire fence."

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:17pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, CEO, Punaro Group

Ten out of 15 recommendations from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission earn White House support. And the House includes some of those recommendations in its version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. But one-third of the Defense Department's budget goes to military compensation, and some experts in the defense community say compensation reform needs to be bigger. Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, chief executive officer for the Punaro Group, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the recommendations aren't bold enough.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Joanne Woytek, Program Manager, SEWP 5, NASA

The latest iteration of NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract (SEWP) is on the street. SEWP V is live after some delays. On In Depth, Joanne Woytek, the program manager for NASA SEWP, told Francis Rose and Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the big SEWP V announcement.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:12am EDT
Cathy Ventrell-Monses, Senior Counsel to Chairman Yang, EEOC

Just days ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began a pilot program called ACT Digital. It's the first step in the agency's move toward an online charge system, and designed to streamline the submission of discrimination charges to the EEOC. Officials there hope ACT Digital will cut paperwork and improve customer service. Cathy Ventrell-Monses, senior counsel to EEOC chairwoman Jenny Yang, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress update on ACT Digital.

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Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 09:08am EDT
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board

The Merit Systems Protection Board wants federal managers and Congress to know exactly what it takes to fire a federal employee and why you can't do so arbitrarily or capriciously. That's the subject of the agency's just-released report on due process. It outlines how the government handles adverse personnel actions in the civil service, and examines the laws and constitutional protections on due process employees enjoy. Susan Tsui Grundmann is chairwoman of the MSPB. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the report. She said it should clear up some misconceptions that have been circling in the press.

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