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9:59 am, October 2, 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.).

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

The House of Representatives might pass a continuing resolution today. The Senate could then vote on a CR as early as tomorrow. That means in just a few days your agency could have some budget certainty. At least until the end of December. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared what she sees from the CR process.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

Your agency has six ways to guarantee good training and skill development for your employees, according to the Government Accountability Office. The Homeland Security Department is doing about half of those. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how DHS should beef up its training programs.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Greg Rinckey, Managing Partner, Tully Rinckey

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Navy Yard Shooting. Federal agencies are trying to reform the security clearance process to keep dangerous people out of your office. The Office of Personnel Management is has cancelled its contract with USIS, one of the companies responsible for doing background checks. Greg Rinckey is a managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said so far the security clearance reforms are just hollow achievements.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:42am EDT
David Zavada, Partner, Kearney & Company

It's the job of an inspector general to take a critical look at the programs within an agency and point out areas that need improvement. When data is unreliable or inaccessible, that critical oversight suffers, and IGs are forced to do too many routine audits. These are just two of the concerns voiced by IGs in a survey just released by the Association of Government Accountants and Kearney & Company. David Zavada, partner at Kearney & Company, directed the survey and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:41am EDT
Ed Bersoff and Jonathan Aberman

The government looks far and wide for answers to its most challenging problems. Yesterday, the White House hired 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows from around the country to come in and help. But sometimes, solutions are no farther away than your back yard. A new Virginia non-profit called Tandem NSI aims to link the government with technology entrepreneurs without a lot of red tape. Jonathan Aberman is managing partner of Amplifier Ventures and Ed Bersoff is a veteran in federal contracting. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss why the federal government should adopt new technologies.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:39am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army is making strides in professionalizing its cyber workforce. Last week, the service announced a new cyber brigade with the mission of defending its computer networks. The new branch could be up and running by October. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu spoke to Emily Kopp about his Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:36am EDT
Melvyn Smith, Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotic Laboratory

A British research team aims to prove that 3-D technology could help Homeland Security discover more suspicious activity. Surveillance systems usually rely on 2-D images. Now, a team from England's Centre for Machine Vision is building a system to extract high resolution 3-D video from a distance of several hundred feet. Professor Melvyn Smith is director of the Centre for Machine Vision in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what prompted him to conduct this research.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:24pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The House might vote on a continuing resolution to keep your agency running through the end of the year as early as tomorrow. But issues like military action against the Islamic State and what to do about the Import-Export Bank could get in the way. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered his thoughts on the chances a CR gets a vote in the House.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

Readiness is the first casualty of sequestration, according to defense officials that testify to Congress about Pentagon budgets. Both uniformed and civilian leaders say budget cuts force all the branches of the military to sacrifice the training, equipment refreshes and other preparation they need to be ready to fight. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments. He writes in a piece called Rethinking Readiness in Strategic Studies Quarterly that the Defense Department should think about readiness in a new way. He also shared his conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 04:09pm EDT
Mat Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council

Preparing for events before they happen has been a task that national security and intelligence officials in government have done to varying degrees of success. One source of preparation material is the Global Trends document from the National Intelligence Council. Mat Burrows is director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council. His new book is "The Future Declassified: Megatrends that will Undo the World Unless We Take Action." It's an extension of the work he did on Global Trends. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the Global Trends document is and who reads it.

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Monday - 09/15/2014, 10:16am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are testing out ways to attract and hire technology experts for mission-critical programs. The Office of Management and Budget is overseeing these pilots, steps toward fixing long-standing federal IT challenges. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:11pm EDT
Maj. Johan Lee, Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Airmen of the Year represent the best of the Air Force. Maj. Johan Lee is a space operator and flight commander for the Air Force Reserve who watches for problems that could develop anywhere on earth. He's being recognized along with his employer Booz Allen. Lee joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at this year's Air Force Association conference and expo at National Harbor.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:06pm EDT
Ret. Gen. Craig McKinley, President, Air Force Association

If you like things that fly fast and zoom through space, the annual Air Force Association conference and exposition is the place to be. It's also the place to catch the technology and policy trends for the Air Force. Retired Gen. Craig McKinley is president of the Air Force Association. He joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin talk about this year's conference.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 07:02pm EDT
Maj. Kelly Barton, Chief, Airman and Family Services

Behind many of today's soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are spouses and children. That's also the case for the Air National Guard. The Air Force provides its guardsmen with a variety of programs to ensure the quality of family life. Maj. Kelly Barton, Chief of Airman and Family Services for the Air National Guard , joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Air Force Association conference to discuss the program.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:55pm EDT
Brig. Gen. John Flournoy, Air Force Reserve Command

If the last 13 years of foreign wars have shown anything, it's the importance of reserve forces. Brig. Gen. John Flournoy is commander of the 4th Air Force within the Air Force Reserve Command. He's based out of March Air Reserve Base, California. He joined Federal Drive host Tom Temin at the Air Force Association conference and expo at National Harbor.

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Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:47pm EDT
Ariel Rabkin, AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy

The Obama Administration wants to avoid a repeat of the technical glitches it experienced with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. One way is through a White House effort called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service will consist of a small team of experts that will serve as consultants to agencies on IT projects. Ariel Rabkin is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why many IT projects fail in the first place.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army expects to create its first set of official occupational specialties dedicated to cyber within the next month. And last week, it created its first brigade-level command dedicated to cyber defense. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu is writing about those moves as part of this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Violent crime is down almost 40 percent at four Indian reservations. It's the result of an aggressive campaign by the Interior Department to improve public safety for Native Americans. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the program's success and what's still left for Interior to accomplish.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:06pm EDT
Denise Dailey, Executive Director, Recovering Warrior Task Force

The Pentagon has a disability system that's supposed to make it easy for wounded service members to find medical care and transition out of the military. But the system's really made the entire process more complicated. Denise Dailey is task force executive director of the Recovering Warrior Task Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said task force recommends the Pentagon scrap the whole program.

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Friday - 09/12/2014, 10:07am EDT
Todd Grams, Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Few things are as basic to the operation of federal agencies than the budget process. Circular A-11, published by the Office of Management and Budget, is the guiding document for all things budgetary. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, here come the revisions. A-11 has received some important revisions this year you need to know about. Todd Grams is a director in Deloitte's Federal consulting practice, and a long-time federal executive. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the significance of A-11 and what changes to expect.

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