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8:08 pm, February 27, 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 - 02/11/2015, 04:38pm EST
Michael Horowitz, IG, Justice Department

Inspectors general across government are facing delays and denials when they ask for access to information. The Inspector General at the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, detailed a disagreement his office has with the FBI at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. General Horowitz is also chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he talked about the implications for access denial and delays.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:22pm EST
Andre Gudger, Acting DASD for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

Encouraging competition is a key component of the latest iteration of Better Buying Power at the Defense Department. The agency has a new point man to connect with the defense industrial base. Andre Gudger is acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the steps the Pentagon will take to improve its relationship with the defense industrial base.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:54am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House announces a new cyber threat intelligence center to better understand and coordinate the response to the threats the nation faces. The approach the administration is taking is not new. In fact, it's modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more about the new center and why many experts say this approach seems like the right one.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:52am EST
Stephen Shih, Office of Personnel Managment

After a one year hiatus thanks to tight budgets, the Office of Personnel Management has reinstated the Presidential Rank Awards in all their glory. The program recognizes members of the Senior Executive Service for extraordinary service with cold, hard cash. Steve Shih is a deputy associate director for Senior Executive Services and Performance Management at OPM. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the awards' return.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:46am EST
Justin Herman, Social Media Program Lead, GSA

Cyber-vandalism presents a serious threat to agencies. Just ask U.S. Central Command. As several attacks over the past year proved, users need ways to prevent or at least counter intrusions of social media accounts. That's where the Social Media Cyber-Vandalism Toolkit comes in. It's a new "living document" from the General Services Administration. Justin Herman, the Social Media Program Lead in the Office of Innovative Technologies at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

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Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 10:42am EST
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

As it does every two years at the start of a new Congress, the Government Accountability Office will release its "High Risk List" today. The list calls attention to agencies and programs GAO auditors believe are vulnerable to "fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement." Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland's School for Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the guide, and what's different from the 2013 version.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:30pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House announced Tuesday a new cyber threat intelligence center to better understand and coordinate the response to the threats the nation faces. The approach the administration is taking isn't a new one. In fact, it's modeled after the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the center and why many experts say this approach seems like the right one.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:28pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon says Congress needs to approve the President's request to exceed the sequestration budget caps in 2016 and beyond, or the military's reduced readiness will fall even further. But Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work says it's not purely a money problem. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the military services won't get to "full spectrum" readiness for another eight years, even in a best-case scenario.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:23pm EST
Keith Trippie, CEO, Trippie Group

Two new entries join this year's High-Risk List from the Government Accountability Office. Nextgov reports the GAO includes IT acquisition and veterans health care in its biennial risk assessment. Keith Trippie is CEO of Trippie Group, and former executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office in the CIO Office of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the challenges agencies face to get off the list.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:19pm EST
Norm Lorentz, Former Chief Technology Officer, OMB

The nation's third federal chief information officer will inherit an agenda that builds off his predecessors. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, says incoming CIO Tony Scott will start working on legacy projects, like the administration's Smarter IT Delivery Agenda. Norm Lorentz is former director of the global public sector practice at Grant Thornton, and the first chief technology officer of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he took an inside look at Tony Scott and the work that's ahead for him.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 04:12pm EST
Chip Fulghum, Chief Financial Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department would furlough 30,000 employees if the agency shuts down at the end of the month. Secretary Jeh Johnson says even if Congress passes a continuing resolution, he still might have to furlough employees. Chip Fulghum is the chief financial officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what how a CR affects his agency's operation.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:53am EST
Laura Miller, Senior Military Sociologist, RAND Corporation

The Defense Department provides a number of programs to support military families. One program focuses on spouses, who face a number of challenges in developing a career. The My Career Advancement Account is designed to help military spouses further their education, and secure better employment. But a new study shows only one in five spouses uses the program. Laura Miller, a senior military sociologist at the RAND Corporation, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on MyCAA, and why it's not more widely used.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:47am EST
Lynn Martin, Vice President of U.S. Public Sector, VMWare

A new cloud computing provider has gotten the go-ahead to sell its services to the federal government. Software vendor VMWare, partnering with hardware infrastructure provider Carpathia, now has approval under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Lynn Martin is the Vice President of the U.S. Public Sector at VMWare. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on the new partnership.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:36am EST
Robert Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Good help is hard to find. That's especially true at federal agencies looking for smarts in cybersecurity and financial auditing. The latest look-see by the Government Accountability Office shows a number of mission-critical skills gaps in federal agencies. What can agencies do to fill the gaps? Robert Goldenkoff, the director of Strategic Issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 09:33am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Contractors hate rejection when they've spent time and money preparing bids. Sometimes they're tempted to go to Congress and complain. Bad idea. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the sixth commandment: Thou shalt avoid political intervention. Companies who try to get their Congressman involved may find that move will come back to bite them.

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Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 08:31am EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army's been working for the past several years on a more "comprehensive" approach to fitness instead of one that measures how many pushups a soldier can do or how quickly she can run a mile. But when it comes to the overall health of the force, the Army's surgeon general says her biggest concern is how much sleep soldiers are getting each night. It's not enough. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about it in this week's edition of inside the reporter's notebook. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:55pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Navy and Marine Corps are investing millions of dollars in unmanned helicopters, jeeps and ships, which sound like they're right out of science fiction novels. The scientists and technologists were in full geek mode as they discussed the next generation vehicles and weapons at the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller visited the expo and spoke with several of the people behind the new innovations.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:45pm EST
Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, inherits a governmentwide IT budget of about $81 billion. He also takes over at a time when federal agencies are ramping up their cybersecurity spending. Karen Evans is executive director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former e-Government administrator at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she broke down his top priorities as the new federal CIO.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:43pm EST
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

If Congress can't put together a spending plan for the Homeland Security Department by the end of the month, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he may have to furlough 30,000 employees. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the current budget progress on Capitol Hill.

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Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:39pm EST
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

Federal agencies are wise to contractors that low-ball their contract prices just to get a deal. Some of those companies try to get around the low price by doing the work at normal price anyway, and getting the agency to reimburse them. Bill Welch is partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he did a post-mortem on a recent Navy contract that shows the agency's catching on to this tactic.

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