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12:18 am, October 31, 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.).

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:49pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Bringing back the rule of three may be the key to improving how you assess candidates for federal jobs and how you improve the category ratings system. That's according to Jeff Neal, 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 said category ratings aren't the problem, and that agencies can improve the process by conducting better assessments.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Melissa Starinsky, Chancellor, VA Acquisition Academy

The acquisition workforce is issue number one for just about every person Federal News Radio has talked to as part of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus - taking stock for the future. Melissa Starinsky is chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said they're realizing some success in training the acquisition workforce of the future.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Mike Papay, Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo, GW University

Embedding cybersecurity into the Defense Department's design, manufacturing, and supply chain is a goal the Pentagon sees is possible. Mike Papay is Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President at Northrop Grumman, and Frank Cilluffo is director of the George Washington University Cybersecurity Initiative and the Homeland Security Policy Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they offered steps the DoD can take to address the issue.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Stan Soloway, PSC, and Roger Waldron, CGP

It's day three of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus -- taking stock for the future. What aspects of the procurement process should the government preserve or replicate across government? Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what's working well in the procurement process.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 12:00pm EDT
John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

Congress may have handed the Veterans Affairs secretary authority to fire under-performing senior executives. But it hasn't quite worked out that way. At least two executives faced with serious charges of malfeasance managed to retire, presumably with full annuities, before they could be fired. In this week's legal loop segment, Federal Employment Attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 12:00pm EDT
Andrew Hunter, Director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell

The Defense Department's Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell is responsible for coordinating the department's effort to fill its crucial and often unanticipated operational needs. These are requirements combatant commanders and warfighters often discover they need after yearly budgets have been set. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Tom Temin spoke with Andrew Hunter, director of the cell, on the Federal Drive. He explained how rapid acquisition works.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:40am EDT
Kelvin Wood, Director, Treasury Acquisition Institute

The Treasury Acquisition Institute has experienced a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of federal employees it trains each year. The appetite for training is going to keep growing, forcing TAI to rethink how it delivers workforce education. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, today we'll focus on taking stock for the future. Institute Director Kelvin Wood tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how TAI is changing with the times.

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Thursday - 10/16/2014, 03:55am EDT
Treasury Acquisition Institute adjusts delivery model to reach more students

Kelvin Wood, the director of TAI, said the organization is investing more in virtual training as travel budgets continue to decrease. Wood said the institute also is focusing on more tailored courses to meet specific needs of its students.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:24pm EDT
Jon Etherton, President, Etherton and Associates

It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus is reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Jon Etherton is president of Etherton and Associates. He worked on several major pieces of acquisition reform in the 1990s when he was a Congressional staffer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jon says there is one major difference between reform then and reform now.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, Key Executive Leadership Programs

The Veterans Affairs Department tops the list of most time spent on union business in fiscal 2012. The VA uses a little more than 1 million hours in total. But when you look at the numbers by hours per union employee, you get a completely different list. Bob Tobias is professor in the Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University and teaches about labor-management relations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered insight into the figures on official time.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:02pm EDT
Mike Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus: reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Congress is listening and knows the need.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 07:20am EDT
Army looking past push-ups, math scores to fill its future ranks

For now, push-ups and math scores are the main methods the Army uses to screen potential recruits. But officials say they are studying measures that take a "whole person" approach identifying future soldiers.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:37am EDT
Frank Anderson, Former President of Defense Acquisition University

Former Defense Acquisition University President Frank Anderson is a veteran when it comes to the theme of procurement reform and people. Anderson says the acquisition workforce in the Defense Department has come a long way. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how procurement leadership can foster better outcomes.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:30am EDT
Jim Williams, Partner, Schambach & Williams Consulting

On the second day of our three-day series, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we're focusing on people and what improvements can be made to acquisition training and the workforce. Jim Williams is former acting commissioner at the General Services Administration and the top acquisition official at the IRS. Williams joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss all things procurement and the current state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles.

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Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:20am EDT
Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.

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Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Officials from each of the armed services are troubled by the fact that a shrinking minority of American young people meet the physical and educational qualifications needed to join the military. Army officials say they want to grow that potential recruiting base, but they say it's also possible that they haven't been measuring all the right things. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains.

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Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Kevin Kampschroer, Senior Climate Change Adaptation Official, GSA

The General Services Administration reviews version four of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification program. It wants to know if the LEED system is actually helping agencies meet federal green building goals. Kevin Kampschroer, federal director of the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and senior climate change adaptation official at GSA, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about sustainable practices any agency can implement.

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Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Next month, 399 representatives and 28 senators seek re-election. That means federal employees can oversee and grade the people who oversee and grade their agencies. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association releases its annual scorecard in time for the election. It keeps tabs on the 113th Congress and how it votes on key legislation affecting federal employees. Jessica Klement, legislative director of NARFE, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those key votes.

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Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:28pm EDT
Marcia Madsen, Partner, Mayer Brown

Compliance is a bigger part of the acquisition world than ever. Peeling off some layers of compliance, while keeping enough compliance oversight to make sure everyone's doing what they should, could save money for the government and lead to a better outcome for the agencies. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Marcia Madsen, partner at Mayer Brown and former chairwoman of the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a lot of the issues members of Congress are talking about today are things the SARA panel looked at in 2006.

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