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12:29 am, September 15, 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.).

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office lists the Defense Department's supply chain management practices on its high risk list, as it has every year since 1990. GAO says DoD can't say for sure what it already owns, so it can't prove it's buying the right amount of goods. DoD has plans in place to fix that problem, but the Army thinks it has a way to speed things up. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:29pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Six different investigations into the Exempt Organizations group at the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner John Koskinen says the end of those investigations will let him concentrate on rebuilding the perception of the agency in the eyes of Congress and citizens. That, in turn, will help boost the morale of the work force at the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Koskinen said some of the investigations will wrap up soon.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Kathleen King, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Medicare contractors are trying too hard to reduce improper payments. The Government Accountability Office says they're doing too many compliance reviews on their own work. Kathleen King is Director of Health Care Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the extra effort to make sure the program runs smoothly is wasting time and money.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Ronald Walters, Acting Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, VA

Almost 125,000 veterans die every year. The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for laying them to rest with honor, and for that service the VA has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any organization -- public or private -- in the country. Ronald Walters is acting undersecretary for memorial affairs at the Veterans Affairs Department. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the Management Excellence category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the VA is so successful in this arena. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT
Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO

United States operations in Iraq and Syria today put the U.S. in an unusual position. By fighting one opponent, the U.S. military is indirectly benefitting another nation it considers an adversary. That is one example of the fluidity of war fighting in the 21st century. Adm. James Stavridis is Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He helped lead a task force on Creative Disruption for the Center for a New American Security. A paper on that task force looks at the disconnect between industry and DoD right now -- and on In Depth with Francis Rose, Admiral Stavridis said there are several answers.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:26am EDT
Col. Margaret Yacovone, Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network

While doctors continue to combat the spread of Ebola overseas, that's not the only concern to military medical personnel. The Military Health System reminds people of the importance of vaccinations and immunizations. Col. Margaret Yacovone, director of the Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network for the Army, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's mission.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:20am EDT
Duncan Amos, Quanatitive Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The world of small business federal contractors is always changing. One reason is that companies enrolled in the 8(a) program eventually have to graduate. Graduating can be a great opportunity for companies losing their protected status. Duncan Amos, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 10:13am EDT
Maj. Gen. Gale Pollack, Former Acting Surgeon General, Army

More than 15,000 transgender personnel secretly serve in the military. In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed to review the rules that prohibit transgender service members from serving openly. Now, three retired General Officers release a road map for a new policy. Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, former acting Surgeon General of the Army and the Commission report co-chair, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:13pm EDT
Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, Right Wing, Blue Angels

If you've been to an air show, you've seen them: The Blue Angels. They're the Navy's flight demonstration squadron zooming in formation in meticulously painted F-18s. Tom Temin caught up with Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz, number 2 pilot and right wing, on the Federal Drive as the Angels prepare to receive new recruits. He told Tom about the crew of 130 that make the show happen day in and day out.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department is crowdsourcing its next set of research areas. Reggie Brothers, undersecretary for science and technology at DHS, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about this effort to reach a broader set of minds to help secure the homeland. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:46pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The VA Inspector General finds dozens of veterans in the Phoenix VA medical system endured waits that may have had medical consequences. But investigators say they can't conclude any veterans' deaths were directly caused by inappropriate scheduling practices. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more details.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Time is running out for 500 vendors that can expect to see some changes to their professional services contracts over the next year. The General Services Administration says it plans to consolidate them to create one mega-contract by next November. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose (and in his Week Ahead newsletter) he said federal contractors should get involved in GSA's consolidation process before they get hurt by any permanent policy decisions.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The biggest number ever for federal employees saving for the future is in. More than ever are saving in the Thrift Savings Plan. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the results make the people who run the TSP really happy.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:24pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

Congress has 12 business days to finish its list of appropriations bills once it gets back from recess in two weeks. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative for Federally Employed Women. She shared her predictions for Congress' to-do list for September on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Elana Broitman, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, DoD

Elana Broitman will soon leave the Defense Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing & Industrial Base Policy. Andre Gudger -- Director of the Office of Small Business Programs -- will take over her role on an acting basis until Secretary Broitman's position is filled. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Broitman said the companies she's worked with in the past year have shown her (and the department) they can do amazing things.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:12pm EDT
Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

A subcontractor working for the Environmental Protection Agency is using a cloud system to store and analyze data for the agency. But EPA's Inspector General says that's a big problem because the agency had no idea the company's in the cloud. Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley reported the story on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:10pm EDT
Billy Rios, Director of Threat Intelligence, Qualys

The Transportation Security Administration brings in almost $2 billion in revenue every year from airport passenger security fees. TSA spends part of that money keeping its security systems up to date, but the agency still uses technologies that are proven security risks. Billy Rios is director of threat intelligence at Qualys. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said TSA isn't alone in its struggle to keep its security systems up to date.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:31am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Life after the military can be a hard transition. Many veterans seek jobs in the civilian sector but to no avail. A new report by the Merit Systems Protection Board finds that part of the problem is that the rules governing veterans' job preferences are byzantine and need improvement. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the process can be tweaked.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:22am EDT
Kristina Wong, Staff Writer, The Hill

The Obama administration is widening the assault on the Islamic State bit by bit. Pressure is mounting as the highly organized terror group takes over more and more territory. Kristina Wong, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for a situation report.

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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:53am EDT
Sokwoo Rhee, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology kicks off the Global City Teams Challenge in September. Tech-savvy members from the federal government and private sector will come together to address issues including air quality, traffic management and emergency services coordination, all through the use of smart technology. Sokwoo Rhee, associate director for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the agency hopes to accomplish.

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