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3:55 pm, September 16, 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, 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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Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 08:52am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The percentage of Defense Department contract dollars the Pentagon awards via competitive bids has been falling every year since 2008. And its self-imposed goals for contract competition have been missed every year since then. Now Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, issues a set of orders to Pentagon leaders. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:41pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

A big "no" for another government shutdown comes from a prominent Republican, but there's a catch. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) -- the chairman of the House Budget Committee -- says the government won't shut down this fall. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. He tracked the key players in shutdown avoidance as Congress prepares to come back to Washington in two weeks on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:37pm EDT
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

A multi year delay on phased retirements is over with the release of the final rule from the Office of Personnel Management. Some people have hammered OPM over how long it took to get phased retirement up and running. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells In Depth with Francis Rose the delays may wind up being worth it.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Todd Park will step down as the nation's chief technology officer at the end of August. His legacy might revolve around technical systems like Healthcare.gov, but he also made contributions in mixing technology with the world of human resources. Park was a key developer of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how an IT approach to human resources could be worth millions to your agency.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
Ran Canetti, Modular Approach to Cybersecurity, Boston University

Boston University researchers think they've found a new way to build a cybersecurity system. The Modular Approach to Cloud Security wins a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. The goal is to build a cloud made up of small functional components, each with their own security capabilities. Ran Canetti is director of the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cybersecurity at Boston University and leads the project. He explained what a clear and transparent cloud might look like on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 09:13am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Defense Information Systems Agency are preparing for a significant restructuring of the organization. They hope it will make the IT agency more agile, and more able to cope with its increasing responsibilities in a time of declining budgets. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:28am EDT
Edda Emmanuelli Perez, Government Accountability Office

The Pentagon broke a couple of federal laws when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, according to the Government Accountability Office. Edda Emmanuelli Perez, managing associate general counsel at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the origin of the investigation.

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