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11:10 pm, March 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.).

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:50am EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is suspending for three months online meetings it's been having with vendors. They're aimed at helping the agency develop a procurement strategy for the replacement version of its popular Alliant acquisition vehicles. For the time being, the agency says it wants to have face-to-face meetings. The virtual meetings have been convened by the Coalition for Government Procurement. How do they work and what happens? Coalition president Roger Waldron joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:46am EDT
Christopher Hart, Director, National Transportation Safety Board

The Senate confirmed Christopher Hart as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He had been the acting chairman since April. when his predecessor Deborah Hersman left. A lawyer and well-known aviation safety expert, Hart held several senior jobs at the FAA. He was also an NTSB board member in the early 1990s. Just before his confirmation, Hart spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about how the board is handling what's turned out to be a busy year.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 09:43am EDT
Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA

NASA still is five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract. That'll be known as SEWP 5 Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement. In the meantime though, it's rolling out some updates for the current SEWP program. SEWP program manager Joanne Woytek joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain exactly what that entails.

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Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 06:33am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Anticipating another round of sequestration in 2016, the Defense Department is trying to make some headway in preparation for a tighter budget. The Pentagon sees a small treasure chest of money in back-office operations that could be used for mission and readiness needs. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how DoD plans to unlock that treasure chest.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:59pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, Assistant Chief of Staff, Air Force

The Air Force owns a huge stockpile of intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers that are quickly aging in place. It owns two out of three legs of the US nuclear triad; the Navy owns the third. Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration for the Air Force, tells Federal News Radio's Jason Fornicola how the service is modernizing its two legs of the US nuclear triad.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:48pm EDT
Ira Hobbs, Principal, Hobbs & Hobbs

Republican budget leaders in the House of Representatives introduced their fiscal 2016 budget plan today. President Barack Obama and House Democrats call it a non-starter, but the budget process is moving. After a fiscal 2015 budget that included appropriated bills across government, some agencies are starting to update or replace legacy systems. Ira Hobbs is principal of Hobbs and Hobbs, and former deputy assistant secretary for information technology at the Treasury Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to get your transformation effort off to the right start.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Gary Schmitt, Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies, AEI

The House of Representatives released its fiscal 2016 budget proposal. It would parse back the strict spending limits on the Defense Department while keeping in place a range of cuts for domestic programs. Gary Schmitt is co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Strategic Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and former staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the House Budget Committee's plan.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 04:26pm EDT
David Olive, Principal, Catalyst Partners

A bipartisan group of senators is finished waiting for the White House to nominate someone to lead the Transportation Security Administration. Five senators ask President Barack Obama in a letter to appoint someone as administrator of TSA. David Olive is principal at Catalyst Partners, and moderator of The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the solutions to openings at the Homeland Security Department should be easy to find.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 11:39am EDT
Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

When CIA director John Brennan announced a reorganization, a big feature was formation of a new directorate. It's aimed at what Brennan calls digital innovation in cybersecurity and other areas. It has a lot of potential for contractors of all sizes. Jonathan Aberman, managing director of the Northern Virginia capital fund Amplifier Ventures and founder of the non-profit business development-oriented TandemNSI, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss this development.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:41am EDT
Dr. Wendy Dean, Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, U.S. Army

You might remember Charla Nash. She's the woman who was horribly disfigured when attacked by a friend's pet chimpanzee back in 2009. The Pentagon has been closely watching her long recovery. More than watching, actually. The Army has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars of Nash's medical bills. The hope is Nash's ordeal can help the military learn to care for disfigured soldiers returning from war. Dr. Wendy Dean, a medical advisor in the Army's Tissue Injury and Regenerative Medicine Program Management Office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the effort and what the military hopes to learn.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:38am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services government-wide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the new agreement.

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Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 10:36am EDT
David Dye, Federal Human Capital Group, Deloitte

If you believe the surveys, employee engagement has been declining across the federal government for years. A recent Presidential Personnel memo makes the Senior Executive Service accountable for several agencies' employee engagement through the SES performance management system. So how do you go about increasing engagement? David Dye, a director in Deloitte's Federal Human Capital Group, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:27pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Army is moving hundreds of millions of dollars to the OASIS professional services governmentwide contract. The Army and the General Services Administration sign a memorandum of understanding Monday with new incentives to use OASIS. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose with details on the new Army-GSA agreement.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:14pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The 2016 budget is the star of a new video from Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He'll release the details of the budget the committee will start to mark up tomorrow morning. The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), says his committee will start to mark up a budget soon too. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted what might happen next in the budget's evolution.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:11pm EDT
Carol Cha, Director of IT Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The Census Bureau wants to try something brand new for the 2020 Census. It wants to offer people the option of responding through the Internet. Carol Cha is Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she gauged how far along the Census Bureau is towards introducing an Internet option.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 05:03pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Rep. Chris van Hollen (D-Md.) wants to know how many contractors work for the federal government. But the Congressional Budget Office says it's impossible to count right now. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President for ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said knowing the amount of federal contractors won't make a big difference if efficiency is the goal.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:46pm EDT
Bryan McGrath, Managing Director, FerryBridge

The new maritime strategy for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard relies on four key tenets that shape how the services will face future challenges. Bryan McGrath, a former naval officer, is managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and assistant director of the Hudson Center for American Seapower. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those four ideas will not only cause debate among strategy purists in the defense community, but they also cement the legacy of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathon Greeenert.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:38pm EDT
Karen Britton, Senior Vice President, E-Management

A new item is showing up on the job description of your agency's Chief Information Officer as CIOs look for more involvement in the strategy and business operation of the agency. Karen Britton is senior vice president of E-Management, and former chief information officer of the Executive Office of the President. She explained what kind of ambassadors CIOs are trying to be on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Jim Grove, Prize & Small Business Office, S&T Directorate, DHS

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate announced its latest prize competition. It wants competitors to offer solutions for indoor tracking of first responders. Jim Grove is senior adviser in the Prize and Small Business Innovation Office at the Science and Technology Directorate at the Homeland Security Department. He explained how the challenge will work and what the agency is looking for on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 03/16/2015, 10:52am EDT
Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Some fresh, new and big federal contracting opportunities are coming. The biggest will be the $60 billion Alliant Two deal, a government-wide acquisition contract the General Services Administration is cooking up. That's according to Bloomberg Government. B-Gov has published its latest list of the top 20 upcoming vehicles. There are the ones contractors simply must have places on. Bloomberg senior analyst Kevin Brancato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the list.

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