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5:41 am, 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.).

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Kutz, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

By not following agency protocols, the IRS put more than a million taxpayers at risk for fraud and identity theft. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discovered security lapses during a routine compliance check. It found contractors didn't have the required background investigations before handling Sensitive But Unclassified Information. Assistant Inspector General, Greg Kutz, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the audit and how he thinks IRS should fix the situation.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:45am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Right now, the Navy has more than 630 network baselines on its ships at sea. A contract the service awarded this week aims to change that. The Navy is committing up to $2.5 billion to five vendors who will replace that IT mishmash with a single, standards based network architecture. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has an emerging, new vision for its Federal Acquisition Service. That could affect every federal agency that buys anything. In the next six weeks, GSA will launch the first set of initiatives under what officials call category management. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the Hallways project. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:37am EDT
Lynne Bernabei, Bernabei & Wachtel

Customs and Border Protection has been called a corrupt, narcissistic, paramilitary security force. The man leveling these charges is the former head of internal affairs. James Tomsheck was recently transferred after saying the agency has been untruthful about circumstances involving fatal shootings by Border Patrol agents. Lynne Bernabei is a civil rights attorney with the law firm Bernabei & Wachtel. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case of a high level whistleblower.

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:30am EDT
Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

Feds are breaking records when it comes to their Thrift Savings Plan. Enrollment in the TSP is at an all-time high of 87.5 percent. That's among employees under the Federal Employee Retirement System. But it's not all good news for the TSP. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board held its monthly meeting. Federal News Radio's Shefali Kapadia joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a recap of the meeting. Read Shefali's related article .

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Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:25am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

Federal employees aren't typically known as members of the millionaires club. But, if you play your cards right, it is possible. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:01pm EDT
Jonathan Bell, Federal Employment Attorney

The government is on the hook for violating its own labor laws. A federal judge ruled this week that the government failed to provide on-time pay to federal employees who worked during last year's 16-day shutdown. Federal Employment Attorney Jonathan Bell joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the complaint.

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Thursday - 08/21/2014, 01:52pm EDT
Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Wikipedia, for all its faults, is supposed to give fair and unbiased information. Only objective experts are supposed to have access to its articles for editing. So, why would someone want congressional staff members to come anywhere near Wikipedia? Cato Institute Senior Fellow Jim Harper joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a list of good reasons.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:06pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The National Security Agency is disbanding its mobility mission management office. The 3-year-old office is going away not because it failed but because it was too successful. Mark Althouse, out-going technical director of the NSA's Mobility Mission Management Office, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller how NSA is integrating mobile in everything it does.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:04pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Information Systems Agency says it's undertaking a top-to-bottom review of the security criteria it uses to decide whether it should use commercial cloud computing systems for Defense data. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DISA thinks the current process is too stringent and too slow.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 05:02pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Your agency needs to clarify what it expects from employees who telework. That's according to the Patent Office Professional Association. Their president says the recent telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office exposes problems with how agencies manage employees working outside the office. Bob Tobias is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He explained what he sees behind the controversy on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Lt. Col. Dan Ward, Hanscom Air Force Base

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says DoD's fleet of A-10 jet fighters can't survive long term budget cuts. But Congress says it doesn't want to write them out of next year's defense budget, so the Pentagon needs to find a different way to pay for the fleet. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Lt. Col. Dan Ward of Hanscom Air Force Base shared a way to save the A-10 using some simple math.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:12pm EDT
Robert Canino, Regional Attorney, Dallas District Office, EEOC

Creativity helps a federal attorney catch the bad guys. Robert Canino is regional attorney at the Dallas District Office for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Career Achievement category for his history of creative legal prosecutions. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how he uses civil rights law to prosecute human trafficking cases. View a photo gallery of Sammies finalists. Read an exclusive Q&A with Canino.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:07pm EDT
Ryan Dickover, Director of eBusiness Policy and Oversight, Navy

When the Navy needs to reform a program it sometimes turns to a special test called an Analysis of Alternatives. Right now the Navy's analysts are hard at work on acquisition reform. Ryan Dickover is director of eBusiness Policy and Oversight in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. He explained the AoA process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 09:32am EDT
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A few weeks ago, you may never have heard of the Ebola virus. Now you can't stop hearing about it. Although only a few Americans have been infected, the virus' potential has several federal agencies working to better understand, treat and find a cure for this deadly disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss NIH's efforts to combat the Ebola virus.

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Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 08:55am EDT
Edward Lowery, Criminal Investigation Division, Secret Service

In 2013, more than $156 million in counterfeit U.S. currency made it's way into circulation globally before being seized. The modern day counterfeiter is operating in a world of accelerating technology and instant information. Edward Lowery is special agent in charge of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Secret Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how counterfeit criminals have evolved.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:40pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega-schedule. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how GSA is rethinking professional services contracting. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is taking a strategic sourcing approach to the way it spends money on conferences. The service awards 17 blanket purchase agreements for conference planning, and in the near future, those BPAs might become the only authorized way to spend money on official meetings for the Navy and Marine Corps. Jamey Halke, Navy Department strategic sourcing program manager, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu. He explains the Navy's response to governmentwide pressure to reduce spending on conferences. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:19pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

One of a federal agency's acquistion strategies might disappear. A rewrite of the Federal Acquisition Regulation sets new requirements for blanket purchase agreements. The goal is to promote competition for new contracts. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rewrite will have some unintended consequences for federal agencies.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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