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2:05 pm, January 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.).

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:49pm EST
Joanne Woytek, Program Manager, SEWP 5, NASA

NASA is still five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract known as SEWP 5. But that isn't stopping the space agency from rolling out a series of new initiatives to give customer agencies more data -- and context about their spending -- than ever before. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the status of SEWP V and where NASA is heading next.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:25pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is likely to push for another round of Base Realignment and Closure in fiscal 2016, even though Congress has shot down the idea more than once. But there are no legal restrictions on closing bases overseas. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD is moving forward to do just that.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:22pm EST
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Bid protest numbers indicate things are getting worse. But the numbers also indicate things are getting better. Roger Waldron is the President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He looked at the numbers, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why they can be getting better and worse at the same time.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:20pm EST
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is finalizing the new leaders of the House Appropriations Committee. Bloomberg reports today it names staff for the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, the Energy and Water subcommittee, and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee. As the new Congress takes shape, those leaders will prioritize spending for federal IT. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud at The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC) and he was the first e-gov administrator of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a Federal IT wish list for the new Congress.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:13pm EST
Barney Rubel, Former Dean, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, US Naval College

Critics of the Navy's maritime strategy -- or lack thereof -- are all over the federal defense community. One retired officer tells the U.S. Naval Institute the defense community may not understand what the word "strategy" means anymore. Congressman Randy Forbes has an open letter to chief of naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, asking him to lead an effort to restore strategic planning to the Navy. Barney Rubel is former dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those critics are missing an important piece of the strategy puzzle.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:05pm EST
Ted Davies. CEO, Altamira Technologies

The first commandment of government contracting is "do your homework", according to contracting expert Tim Sullivan. He says, in part one of a 10-part series, the complex details of every procurement cycle demand preparation and understanding from federal contracting officers if they want to build successful programs. Ted Davies is CEO of Altamira Technologies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained a host of federal business trends that can help your agency's contracting officers prepare for the next big project.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:43am EST
Rep. Mark Meadows, Chairman, Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new Congress has lots of new committee and subcomittee chairs. That's especially true of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Its subcommittee on government operations has a new chairman with new priorities. On the Federal Drive, Rep. Mark Meadows (R, N.C.) spoke with Tom Temin and outlined what the subcommittee wants to achieve this session and where it plans to start.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:39am EST
Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Members of Congress from both parties have signaled they're ready to consider privatizing air traffic control, or at least changing how it's funded. One reason is the FAA's struggle to modernize the systems that support safe flight. Many in Washington are wondering whether the system would function more efficiently as a commercial entity. Trish Gilbert, executive vice-president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain NATCA members' concerns over the proposed switch.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:34am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. If you tell contractors bidding on a big procurement you're going to use Plan X for evaluating prices, you better use Plan X. Otherwise you could lose a protest. That's what happened to the Navy in a $2.5 billion program. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more of what happened and the lessons learned in this week's Legal Loop.

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Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:27am EST
Matt Stuck, First Coast Guard District Aids to Navigation Manager

Hundreds of New Englanders are sounding off about a Coast Guard plan to update its coastal foghorns. It wants to replace 1970s technology, which the Coast Guard says has gotten more expensive than replacement. They'll be activated via radio signals by users of marine radios. That will mean fewer soundings. Matt Stuck, the First Coast Guard District Aids-to-Navigation Manager, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the modernization efforts.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:40pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Housing and Urban Development expects the 1,000 new employees it hired in 2014 to do more than just help it to meet its mission.The new employees are an important way HUD is leading a culture change. Michael Anderson is HUD's chief human capital officer and Towanda Brooks is HUD's deputy CHCO. In part two of their interview with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller, they discuss the secondary goal of HUD's 2014 hiring spree.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:39pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. military relies on commercial technology for the most important building blocks. It doesn't design and build its own computing hardware any more. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Navy is applying the same principle to its big weapons systems more and more.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:30pm EST
Rafael Borras, Senior Advisor, AT Kearney

A chief risk officer can help some agencies deal with budget uncertainty and high-profile program failures like HealthCare.gov, according to the Office of Management and Budget. 2015 may be the year OMB lays out a way to add the new CXO title to the federal workforce. Rafael Borras is a senior adviser at AT Kearney, and former under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says agencies need to pay attention to OMB's plan for enterprise risk management.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:20pm EST
Roger Baker, Chief Strategy Officer, Agilex, Former CIO, VA

Christmas is over, but a new Congress starts this week. So now is really the perfect time to offer Capitol Hill a federal IT wish list. Roger Baker is chief strategy officer of Agilex, and former chief information officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a wish list of his own.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 04:17pm EST
Dov Zakheim, Senior Adviser, CSIS

As the 114th Congress convenes this week, leaders on both sides of the Hill say budget issues will be priorities. Leaders at the Defense Department are already campaigning against sequestration, and the budget will likely be a big part of the discussion at Ashton Carter's confirmation hearing next month. Dov Zakheim is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Comptroller of the Department of Defense. He's also a member of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said DoD getting in front of the sequester problem is the right strategy.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 10:06am EST
Marcia Smith, Founder & Editor, Space Policy Online

The SpaceX mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station was scrubbed just 81 seconds before launch yesterday. It was the first delivery attempt since the Antares cargo rocket operated by Orbital Sciences crashed just after launch back in October at Wallops Island, Va. Marcia Smith is the founder and editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest on the SpaceX launch and an update on Orbital Sciences' recovery plan for the failed mission.

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Wednesday - 01/07/2015, 10:03am EST
Jamison Cush, Chief Editor, TechTarget's Technology Guide

It may be called the Consumer Electronics Show, but the annual Las Vegas event has a lot to offer the government. From smart watches to faster phones to the Internet of things, there's plenty for enterprise CIOs to keep an eye on. Jamison Cush is the Executive Editor at Tech Target. He took a break from perusing the CES showroom floor to join Tom Temin on the Federal Drive and explain what's caught his eye.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:29pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Department of Housing and Urban Development hired more than 1,000 new employees last fiscal year. The agency needed to replenish a workforce that had been hit hard from employees leaving from both sides of the spectrum. Many long-time employees retired and many recent hires left for other jobs. Michael Anderson is HUD's chief human capital officer and Towanda Brooks is HUD's deputy CHCO. In part one of their interview with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller, they discuss why they needed the hiring spree.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:21pm EST
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

Today is officially day number one of the 114th Congress. David Hawkings of Roll Call calls it the first day of school. And the education process gets under way today for people who represent federal employees before members of Congress. Jessica Klement is legislative director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why it's so important to start today telling members about federal employee issues.

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Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:46am EST
Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill Reporter, Bloomberg Government

Embassy security, the Secret Service and the Postal Service are on the fix-it list for the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). His first move is reorganizing the subcommittees. Erik Wasson, Capitol Hill reporter for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the road ahead for Oversight and Government Reform in the 114th Congress.

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