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3:20 am, April 28, 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 - 04/10/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The House and Senate budget plans for fiscal 2016 could transform the federal workforce. The House plan would save $281 billion over ten years through staffing cuts and benefits reform. The Senate plan would save $170 billion in similar ways. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his predictions for some potential consequences of the budget plans at your agency.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:44am EDT
Jamie Forzato, Reporter, WTOP

A case of alleged armed domestic kidnapping lands on the doorstep of a federal agency. And now a building guard is dead from gunshot wounds. WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive live from Suitland, MD, with the latest on the shooting.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:38am EDT
Kelly Thresher, Public Policy Analyst, Office of the Inspector General

The Postal Service's Inspector General proposes a novel solution for cutting costs: Adopt augmented reality. The IG says the Postal Service could save time and money by outfitting drivers with augmented reality glasses. AR technology allows mobile devices to superimpose digital information on a real-world view. Kelly Thresher is a public policy analyst at the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate on how augmented reality could help USPS.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 09:30am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen continues his public persuasion tour to get Congress to better fund his agency. His latest stop: The Brookings Institution. There, Koskinen talks about the growing disconnect on Capitol Hill. He says many members want to give the IRS more responsibilities while also cutting its funding. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how Koskinen is dealing with the conflicting messages from lawmakers.

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Friday - 04/10/2015, 06:08am EDT
Steve Buerger, Project Lead, Sandia National Labs

Robotics have advanced to a place where walking machines may soon be sent into emergency response situations too dangerous for people. This reality is made possible only through a long battery life and mechanical systems that don't eat up all the battery's energy stores. Steve Buerger is a project lead in the intelligent systems control department at Sandia National Labs. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how it all works.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:56pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department released Thursday its update to Better Buying Power. It includes marching orders to the acquisition community on how to recreate a technology gap between the United States and other countries. DoD officials worry the militaries of other nations are quickly closing that gap. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the 3.0 version of Better Buying Power includes a new emphasis on cybersecurity.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:51pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Washington, D.C. is a great place to look for business deals with federal agencies. But it's not the only place. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and publisher of the Week Ahead newsletter, has a top-three list for increasing federal business opportunities. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he says the first is to think outside of the capital city.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Millenials are leaving the federal government in big numbers. A lack of innovation is one contributor. The Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work in Government research shows the government's innovation score is down again. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach for the Partnership for Public Service, says innovation, or lack thereof is a sticky topic in government right now.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Rocky Galloway, Senior Counsel, General Counsel

Some companies team up to bid on an agency contract. But more organizations can complicate the details of the contract, and that can turn into legal trouble for some organizations. Rocky Galloway, senior counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group at General Counsel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a specific case where a team solution ended up in court.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 04:22pm EDT
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Bid protests at the Government Accountability Office are up, according to the latest numbers from GAO. The actual number of protests in fiscal 2014 was 2,561. Rob Burton, a partner at Venable and former deputy administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the total number of protests is pretty small.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:38am EDT
Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service

The General Services Administration's schedules contracts program is undergoing a transformation. The first of many changes will happen over the next six months. GSA is launching its first consolidated schedule. It's working closely now with vendors who provide professional services. Tiffany Hixson is GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive. She told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller, the FAS is trying to do a better job meeting the needs of its agency customers.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:25am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next month, the Army will start fielding equipment that gives its commanders access to the networks they need to plan missions while they're airborne and en route to a battle. It's part of a broader Army push for a seamless mission command process, regardless of where the commander happens to be. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:21am EDT
Katie Tubb, Research Associate and Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation

When Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced he would not run for re-election, he reopened the debate about nuclear waste disposal in this country. Reid had staunchly opposed a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain in his state. But never say never. Today five members of Congress, led by the Republican chairman of the House Environment and Economy Subcommittee are visiting the site. Katie Tubb is a research associate and coordinator for the Heritage Foundation who has studied this issue.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:10am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Usually it's the inspectors general who accuse others of wrongdoing, whether it's spending too much money here, or treating people unfairly there. Rarely is the behavior of the IG's themselves questioned. So it's notable that now Commerce Department inspector general Todd Zinser is fighting for his job. A Democratic lawmaker, Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, has called on the Obama Administration to fire Zinser. She says she has 'ample' evidence of misconduct and mismanagement. In this week's Legal Loop Lynne Bernabei, partner at the law firm Bernabei and Watchel, who often represents federal whistleblowers, spoke with Emily Kopp about Zinser's situation on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 04/09/2015, 10:06am EDT
Minh Le, Director, Sunshot Initiative, Dept. of Energy

The first class of Marine trainees from the Energy Department's new solar job training program graduated earlier this year. It's called the Sunshot Initiative, and its goal is to train service members as solar panel installers and other solar industry related jobs. There are three military bases and more than 200 service members involved in the initiative. Minh Le, director of the Sunshot Initiative at the Energy Department talked about the ambitious goals of the program on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Frank Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University

The definition of the word "strategy" is changing at the Defense Department. And not in a good way. That's according to Frank Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the current definition of the word "strategy" needs to change in four ways, and should include some extra tweaks too.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:57pm EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, DHS

Customs and Border Protection is close to a final solution for its overtime problem. The agency has a program called Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime, or AUO, to give managers flexibility in scheduling. John Roth is Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security. His office completes a deep dive on AUO at CBP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roth explained how the program works, the problems he looked at, and the progress the agency is making in fixing the issues.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Christian Beckner, Deputy Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is releasing its latest annual report on the National Network of Fusion Centers. The assessment is the fourth the agency has released about how the fusion centers are functioning, and how well they're functioning. Christian Beckner is deputy director of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this report corrects a misconception about where the money comes from for the centers.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:32pm EDT
Col. Scott Erdelatz, Director, Lejeune Leadership Institute

The Marine Corps University is reviewing lessons learned from a two-day training event at Marine Corps Base Quantico the middle of March. The Lejuene Leadership Institute is part of the Marine Corps University. Col. Scott Erdelatz is director of the Lejeune Leadership Institute. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said some of the Institute's training may be new, but the program isn't.

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Wednesday - 04/08/2015, 04:17pm EDT
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Air Force

The Air Force is adding triple the staff to its F-35 Integration Office. That increases the staff from four to 12. And Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said the aircraft's cost curve is finally starting to come down. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian is the new director of the F-35 Integration Office at the Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about cost, capability, and lessons learned from the program.

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