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6:03 am, November 23, 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 - 11/05/2014, 09:27am EST
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

The General Services Administration has set aside 1.5 percent of its personnel budget for training and reinvestment in skills for the next fiscal year. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the focus will be on customer relations and evolving with technology. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller caught up with Tangherlini at the National Contract Management Association's annual government symposium. Tangherlini described his relationship with the Office of Management and Budget's Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert and some of the things they're working on together on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:30pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A breakthrough may be coming for open architecture at the Defense Department. For the last several years, DoD acquisition leaders have pushed open systems architectures. But even the Pentagon's biggest proponents say they've been much better at talking the talk than walking the walk. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:28pm EST
Horace Blackman, Vice President of Health and Life Sciences, Lockheed Martin

The Pentagon expects to have 40,000 iPhones and Android smartphones on its military networks within the next year. Right now the Defense Information Systems Agency has only deployed about 4,000, so the Pentagon will have to average about 3,000 new devices every month to meet that goal. Horace Blackman is vice president of health and life sciences at Lockheed Martin and former regional chief information officer for the Veterans Affairs Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered predictions for how the deployment will unfold.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:23pm EST
Rachel Burstein, Academic Director, Books@Work

The space and resources the Innovation Lab at the Office of Personal Management offers are in high demand. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta says agencies have to book its services months in advance. Other agencies are following the example and opening their own innovation centers, like the User Experience Lab at the National Cancer Institute. Rachel Burstein is academic director for the company Books@Work, and co-author of a guide to making innovation labs work. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, she explained why innovation labs are gaining popularity.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:20pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration hires another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. GSA struggled the first time around with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment, or IAE. In his latest look Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about GSA's latest attempt with IAE.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 04:10pm EST
Bob Behn, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The Office of Management and Budget says "stat" sessions -- Portofolio Stat, Tech Stat, etc. -- have saved the government millions of dollars. Agencies are developing their own approaches to the Stat model. Bob Behn is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He publishes the Performance Leadership Report, and his latest book is The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Bob said one big problem with implementing Stat sessions is convincing people they won't be bashing sessions.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:13am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration recently hired another contractor to try to integrate 10 disparate acquisition databases. The first time around, the agency struggled both with its contractor and the plan to improve the Integrated Acquisition Environment. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about GSA's latest attempt to straighten it all out

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 11:04am EST
Jenny Yang, Chairwoman, EEOC

About 12 percent of federal employees say they have disabilities. The hiring of more has become a focal point of the Obama administration. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just wrapped up a month of focusing on this issue, during which it published guidance for agencies, hosted a Twitter town hall and launched a new data collection effort. New EEOC Chairwoman Jenny Yang told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp the agency is trying to help the government be a model employer of people with disabilities, while it does a better job itself.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:41am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government and commercial contracting are two very different beasts. In the government, the buck stops with the contracting officer. Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the third myth in his "10 Myths of Government Contracting" series.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST
Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

After a gunman opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial and Parliament, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wants to beef up security at federal buildings. But as Mark Goldstein, GAO's director of physical infrastructure issues, explained on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, more security means a greater workload for the Federal Protective Service. Reports from the Government Accountability Office show the small agency isn't always prepared for new threats.

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Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:34am EST
John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

Today, voters head to the polls hoping to elect people who share their vision of how government should operate. John Palguta, the vice-president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, has been meeting with international leaders who told him the U.S. government's operation serves as a good vision for their own countries. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Palguta explained what the best federal management practices are and which governments want to emulate them.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:35pm EST
Ellen West Lazar, Independent Consultant

A new infusion of talent will provide your agency -- and every agency -- with extra brainpower. Ellen West Lazar is former senior advisor to the chairman at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and now an independent consultant. She is newly elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what areas of expertise she's passionate about that she'll be able to contribute to NAPA's work.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:22pm EST
Anne-Marie Fennell, Natural Resources Director, GAO

The total price for professional services contracts at the Agriculture Department is about $2 billion over the last four years. The Office of Management and Budget says those types of contracts can be very risky for you to use. Anne-Marie Fennell is Director of Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said with risk factors in mind, USDA needs to strengthen its oversight of professional services contracts.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:20pm EST
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

Eight myths stand in the way of one of the premiere recruitment programs in the federal government. And it's hurting your agency's chances of hiring talented new employees. That's according to Tim McManus, Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the Partnership's Myth Busters campaign to help agencies get new talent in the door.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:16pm EST
Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight

A new future of electronic warfare is coming to the Navy. But budget pressure may stunt the growth of that future. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Terry McKnight is former commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 2, and former commandant of Naval District Washington. He's also former deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters in the National Capital region. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the time is ripe for a successor to the ANSLQ 32 electronic warfare suite.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:06pm EST
Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Experiments with agile development are underway at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service. The agency is borrowing ways to run some technology projects from agencies like the Health and Human Services Department, but the concept might not be one-size-fits-all. Rory Schultz is Deputy Chief Information Officer of FNS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said his agency still has a lot of testing to do, and also needs to double-check to make sure it's legal.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:52pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget recently released an update to Circular A-123, a guide for agencies on managing risk at an enterprise level. A new report from the Association of Government Accountants examined the revision. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about why A-123 is a big deal in government accounting circles.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:56pm EST
Doug Maughan, Director of Cybersecurity Division, DHS

First, the Department of Homeland Security had the Car Wash. Now, it has the SWAMP - the latest effort to improve the quality and reliability of apps running on government networks. In part 2 of his interview with Doug Maughan, director of the Cybersecurity Division in DHS' Science and Technology Directorate, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller asked Maughan how SWAMP is improving software assurance.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
Mark Borkowski, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske wants his troops to be more innovative. Turning that wish into reality falls squarely on the shoulders of the agency's IT and acquisition executives. Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner and chief acquisition executive in CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, is the brain power on the acquisition side of this innovation challenge. He spoke about his strategy with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium.

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Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
Rafael Borras, Former Under Secretary for Management, DHS

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to study and report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Rafael Borras. Until recently, he was the under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He's now a senior advisor at AT Kearney. Borras spoke with Emily Kopp on today's Federal Drive radio show about his new appointment.

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