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9:17 pm, December 20, 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.).

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:30am EST
Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is still attached to the 2015 Defense authorization bill the House passed and the Senate will debate this week. The latest version of FITARA looks a bit different than the original. Still, the new bill would hand civilian agency CIOs more authority, prioritize hiring of specialty IT experts and maximize use of data centers. Trey Hodgkins is Senior Vice President of Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, a division of the Information Technology Industry Council. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what we can expect from the compromise version of FITARA.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:17pm EST
Dan Mintz, Principal, ESEM Consulting

Federal agency Inspectors General are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance and those reports. Those IG reports are still good news though, says Dan Mintz, former Transportation Department Chief Information Officer and now principal at ESEM Consulting. Dan tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's because the IGs haven't always been so hands-on with FISMA compliance.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 04:01pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The next big change at the Department of Defense may be in the Chief Information Officer's office. But it may not be a personnel change; it may be a change to the organization chart. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those changes as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 03:55pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A budget battle is still waging in Congress. This time, it's President Barack Obama's immigration order that could led to a government shutdown. But an omnibus spending bill is now gaining traction in the House. It funds most agencies for a full year but gives the Homeland Security Department funding for a few months. That gives Congress time to revisit the President's immigration policy when Republicans take over the Senate next year. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this situation isn't anything new.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:14am EST
Jan Hamby, Chancellor, NDU'S iCollege

Many senior IT managers fight an uphill battle. Too often, they're seen just as the tech guy by senior level peers. Enter the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College or iCollege. For many years, it's been offering high-level, strategic education to both military and civilian IT and acquisition career employees. Navy Rear Adm. Jan Hamby is the new Chancellor of NDU's iCollege. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss where she hopes to take a venerable institution.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:11am EST
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

From budgets to Christmas break, federal employees aren't feeling the love this holiday season. That's because there's a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the entire government. And there's just a week left to clear the air. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:58am EST
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The big national defense authorization bill is moving through Congress. It passed the House yesterday, and the Senate is expected to take it up next week. In purely military spending terms, the bill is a mixed bag. Some programs and platforms get plus-ups, others get cuts. Todd Harrison is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He's been studying the bill, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to analyze the bill's winners and losers.

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Friday - 12/05/2014, 07:55am EST
Adilson Jardim, Senior Sales Consultant, Oracle

The Treasury Department is working toward publishing the first ever Shared Services Catalogue for financial management. It's due out in early 2015. It will list all the services offered to federal agencies, the price range and what's in and out of scope under the financial management shared services program. Adilson Jardim, senior sales consultant for Oracle, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to give a few examples of how shared services not only saved billions of dollars for his company but set the stage for immense future growth.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:45pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force says it wants to move as fast as it can to implement some of the early elements of DoD's Joint Information Environment. But that need for speed is at odds with a budget culture, in which the military maps out its major investments several years ahead of time. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:39pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

A new three-pronged approach to federal acquisition is out from the Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, Anne Rung. The three prongs are: category management; acquisition, workforce, and talent development; and stronger relationships with vendors. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the three prongs aren't a big surprise, but they'll be welcomed by industry.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:34pm EST
Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House passes a Defense Authorization bill for next year. It approves $585 billion in defense spending. Roger Zakheim is Counsel for Covington and Burling, and former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he analyzed the details of the bill.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:32pm EST
Susie Adams, CTO, Federal Business Practice, Microsoft

New cybersecurity standards for cloud systems are on the way. The FedRAMP office at the General Services Administration is drafting a new set of rules this month to qualify cloud systems for use with FISMA high specifications. Susie Adams is chief technology officer for federal business practice at Microsoft. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she described the evolution of cloud in the government.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 11:42am EST
Lisa Mendelson, National Park Service

The National Park Service is putting in place 81 energy efficiency and water conservation projects in parks throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Lisa Mendelson is the Acting Regional Director for the National Capital Region at the National Park Service. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details the scope of the project that will install new intelligent bulbs, sprinklers and solar power across the region's hundreds of parks and landmarks in 2015.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:54am EST
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

Anne Rung is three months into her tenure as head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and it looks like she's been busy. On Dec. 4 she released new marching orders for how agencies must use data to make better procurement decisions. She discussed the details with Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, starting with where some of the ideas originated.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:49am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three whistleblowers at the Veterans Affairs Department are the "Public Servants of the Year." The Office of Special Counsel awarded the employees, all doctors, with the distinction. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said, "because of these doctors' efforts, veterans are now far more likely to receive the treatment they deserve." Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp was at the ceremony and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss their story.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:04am EST
Fred Hochberg, Chairman & President, Export-Import Bank

Government at the speed of business is a goal the Export-Import Bank hopes to achieve with its latest improvements to their customer contact center. Ex-Im bank's mission supports export financing in order to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad. Fred Hochberg is the Chairman and President of Ex-Im Bank and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to detail the contact center's improvements and what they mean to small businesses who want to enter the global marketplace.

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Thursday - 12/04/2014, 08:50am EST
Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees deemed essential during the 2013 government shutdown will be receiving a legal notice if they are entitled to join a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the government. To win a settlement, the employee must join the class action suit. Heidi Burkiewicz is a partner with Mehri & Skalet, the law firm handling this case. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the lawsuit and what it means if you are classified as essential.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 05:03pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is closer than ever to becoming law. House and Senate Armed Services Committee members approve the inclusion of FITARA in the National Defense Authorization Act. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the most significant provisions that made it in the NDAA.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:48pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's looking far and wide -- not just to its usual suppliers -- as it starts to build a long-range plan to maintain U.S. military superiority in 2025 and beyond. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the Pentagon is asking for technology ideas from anyone and everyone, starting today.

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Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33pm EST
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

Federal agency inspectors general are submitting annual reports to meet the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act. But your agency's networks may not actually be more secure because of that compliance, and those reports. Dave McClure is chief strategist of the Veris Group and former associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration. He also performed IT oversight at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether FISMA compliance for cybersecurity is counter intuitive.

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