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3:50 pm, March 26, 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 - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

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Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 06:20am EDT
David Mader, Controller, Office of Management and Budget

After a few years of declines, the government's improper payment rate jumped 14 percent in 2014. The Government Accountability Office said the increase came from major programs including Medicare fee for service, Medicaid, the earned income tax credit, unemployment insurance and supplemental security income. David Mader is the White House controller. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Executive Editor Jason Miller about some new steps to move the needle in the right direction.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:10pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it has the backing of legal authorities to start an aggressive push for public-private partnerships to help deal with funding cuts to its military bases. The service says it's set up a speedy approval process in the Pentagon to let base commanders make agreements with their local communities and to share a wide range of public works services rather than running them on their own. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:06pm EDT
Sanders: Government needs uniform exit survey to gauge millennials

Four out of 10 federal employees are eligible to retire in the next five years. The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy to attract new hires to government, and get millennials who are already in government to stay. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Ron Sanders is vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton and a former chief human capital officer for the intelligence community. He detailed the strategy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:46pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Office of Personnel Management has a new strategy that provides data to hiring managers and other decision makers in government. The strategy is called Recruitment, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp was there when OPM Director Katherine Archuleta rolled out the initiative. Emily tells In Depth with Francis Rose what REDI means.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:36pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) is proposing a bill to change how to calculate cost of living adjustments for federal pension plans. The high-five method would factor in the five highest-earning years of service instead of three years. The Congressional Budget Office says it would save the federal government #3.1 billion over 10 years. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she offered her take on the bill.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Deloitte: 26 years of GAO reports yield lessons for better management

Text analytics can turn tens of thousands of oversight reports into solid action plans that help your agency run smoother. The consulting firm Deloitte is using it to transform more than 40,000 recommendations from the Government Accountabilty Office into hard data. Bill Eggers is global public sector research director, and Daniel Byler is a data scientist at Deloitte. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how to turn the hard data from GAO's recommendations into action plans of reform.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 10:16am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Managers across the federal government know they have a big challenge when it comes to recruiting and maintaining a workforce of the future. A good one, that is. So, the Office of Personnel Management is going back to the basics in order to get the job done. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a look inside OPM's latest strategy.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:51am EDT
Steve Jurczyk, Space Technology Mission Directorate, NASA

Last Monday was the first day on the job for Steve Jurczyk. He was recently appointed as the associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA. He served as the deputy center director before this new assignment. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the center does, and what he hopes it will accomplish under his tenure.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:50am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Ever since the Veterans Affairs scheduling scandal broke, Congress has been heckling the department to fire more people. Robespierre might have resorted to the guillotine to secure the French Revolution. But is simply rolling heads the best strategy for getting the performance you want from your staff? John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with why firing is just one small piece of the performance puzzle.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:32am EDT
Sean Moulton, Center for Effective Government

Fifteen agencies receive the bulk of Freedom of Information Act Requests each year. In fact, they account for 90 percent of requests made to the federal government over the last two years. The Center for Effective Government has evaluated their performance in three areas: The agency's FOIA rules, its FOIA website, and how quickly and completely it handles FOIA requests. Sean Moulton is director of open government policy at the Center for Effective Government. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the 2015 Access to Information Scorecard.

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Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 09:31am EDT
Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Dept.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently revealed the 19 members of the department's new Commerce Data Advisory Council (C-DAC). The council will help guide the department's data strategy aimed at helping it work smarter and more efficiently, and how it deploys data for public use. Mark Doms, the under secretary for Economic Affairs, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the council and what it will do.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Hawkings: 'No excuse now' for GOP budget holdups

Now that the smoke is clear from the budget debate with the Homeland Security Department, Congress can look towards raising the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promises it can happen without the possibility of a shutdown. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained this and other deadlines approaching Capitol Hill over the next few weeks.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:41pm EDT
GAO: HealthCare.gov leaders 'managed to deadlines'

The second round of open season on HealthCare.gov went a lot better than the first. But problems still lurk behind the scenes of the website, even with the rapid response team the government and the private sector deployed to get the site back on track. Valerie Melvin is director of information management and technology resource issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she outlined seven recommendations to help CMS fix the lingering issues with the system.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:39pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Your agency needs to take a giant leap into the future of shared services if it's serious about saving money. That's according to the Partnership for Pulbic Services, which is tracking the development of the concept since the Reform 88 program three decades ago. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a host of recommendations for future development that come from a recent Shared Services Roundtable.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:33pm EDT
O'Keefe: Budget is DHS' biggest data challenge

Several components of the Homeland Security Department are searching for new ways to fund big data projects. Budget pressures are forcing them to get creative, so they're relying on unique IT initiatives to meet their mission. Tom O'Keefe is market intelligence senior analyst at Immix Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on some of the most promising initiatives scattered throughout DHS.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 04:11pm EDT
Linda Burger, Technology Transfer Program, Joseph Witt, NSA

Niagarafiles is a new information sharing program from the National Security Agency. But it's not classified, and it's not even the NSA's anymore. The agency has made it open-source so anyone can use it, or change it. It's part of the NSA's Technology Transfer Program. Linda Burger is director of the Technology Transfer Program at the National Security Agency, and Joseph Witt is development lead at NSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Linda said NSA isn't new to the open-source concept.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 09:15am EDT
Karl Kurz, Defense Collaboration Services, DISA

A new secure online collaboration tool is up and running at the Defense Department. The open source solution enables access card users to chat, message and conference securely with others around the world. Karl Kurz is the program manager for Defense Collaboration Services at the Defense Information Systems Agency. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the new tool and what came before it.

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Monday - 03/09/2015, 09:12am EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

The FAA has taken some steps to help protect its air traffic control systems from hackers and cyber criminals. But there's still work to be done. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Some of the weaknesses were new, like identifying and authenticating users. Other date back years. Greg Wilshusen, the director of Information Security Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the report found.

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Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A wrinkle is developing in the effort for defense acquisition reform. If the goal is to do away with cost overruns, acquisition policy may be beside the point. The Pentagon is getting ready to release a new analysis that purports to show that decades of different acquisition approaches haven't made much of a difference one way or another. The one thing that has made a difference is whether budgets are rising or falling. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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