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2:14 am, May 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.).

Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:44am EDT
Lisa Danzig, Assoc. Director for Performance and Personnel, OMB

The Obama administration has built an elaborate apparatus for data-driven decision-making. It operates on the theory that good metrics require good data. And when you have both, you have the tools you need to improve performance. Coordinating all these moving parts is Lisa Danzig, the associate director for performance and personnel at the Office of Management and Budget. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, she joined Tom Temin with an overview on the scope of her responsibilities.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:42am EDT
Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition

If the federal government is operating in the information age, then its main currency is data. Agencies and Congress have been doing a lot to make sure federal data is accessible and transparent. For agencies, data is vital to improving performance. Hudson Hollister is executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to discuss how proper data can help any agency.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:39am EDT
Gerald Ray, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Appellate Operations, SSA

If any agency operates in the spotlight, it's the Social Security Administration. Its work touches every American, as it deals with millions of claims for retirement and disability every year. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, Gerald Ray, the deputy executive director of SSA's Office of Appellate Operations, joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance in action.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:38am EDT
Jon Desenberg, Policy Director, The Performance Institute

Once upon a time, you could measure government performance pretty easily. The main metric was, "Did we spend all of our budget on time?" No longer. Citizens, Congress and successive White House policies want government dollars to make a difference. John Desenberg is the policy director of the Performance Institute. On a special Federal Drive live from the Government Performance Summit, he joined Tom Temin to talk more about performance.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 10:36am EDT
Max Stier, President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

President Barack Obama has ushered in Public Service Recognition Week with a proclamation that recognizes federal employees have had a rough time lately. He cites "pay freezes, budget cuts, sequestration and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work." The organizers of this week's events can't do much about the first three things. But they're tackling the issue of respect with a theme called "Government Works." Max Stier is the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the week ahead.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:40am EDT
Ann Ebberts, CEO, Association of Government Accountants

The Association of Government Accountants has a new CEO. Ann Ebberts leads the association during a time of change, thanks partly to the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA puts chief information officers on a rough par with chief financial officers when it comes to budget authority. The financial function itself is under a lot of pressure to help improve agency performance — not just count beans. On a special Federal Drive live from the AGA Government Performance Summit, Ebberts joined Tom Temin to discuss her new role.

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Monday - 05/04/2015, 09:38am EDT
Carl Demaio, Senior Fellow, Performance Institute

Politicians might be focused on 2016, but some groups say it's not too soon to consider 2017. That's when a new President, whoever it is, will take over. Federal News Radio is among the 16 Washington-area organizations helping to launch a bipartisan discussion about the transition. Leading the charge is Carl Demaio, a senior fellow at the Performance Institute. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to preview the effort.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:22pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Congress is lifting the Windfall Elimination Program for a select few members of the federal workforce. The WEP can sometimes be the barrier between an extra $400 a month in Social Security benefits. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the recent lift from Congress means for members of the Civil Service Retirement System.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:12pm EDT
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), House Subcommittee on Government Operations

The new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has an email tip line so federal employees can tell him about what they see at their agencies. His subcommittee just held a hearing called, ''The Worst Places to Work in Government." But he says he wants to highlight the good things the Executive Branch is doing too. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he and his staff have focused on since he took leadership of the subcommittee.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:17am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor, FederalNewsRadio.com

The retirement tsunami has been the boogeyman of federal HR people for years. So far, though, the wave has never hit. What if that retirement tsunami never materializes? FederalNewsRadio.com Managing Editor Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share the results from our retirement survey — and some of your thoughts.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 10:13am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget has released a much-anticipated draft policy to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance is designed to help agencies implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Tony Scott is the federal Chief Information Officer. In this exclusive interview, he tells executive editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:41am EDT
Vince Kane, Veterans Affairs Department

Veterans Affairs wants to help put an end to veteran homelessness. The department is repurposing its West Los Angeles campus to serve particularly vulnerable veterans, such as women or severely disabled vets, who are also homeless. The campus redesign will help VA implement the White House policy that no veteran should live on the streets. Vince Kane, the director of the VA's National Homeless Center, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the plan.

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Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT
Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:37pm EDT
Tony Scott, Federal Chief Information Officer, OMB

The Office of Management and Budget releases a draft policy for public comment to change the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology projects. The draft guidance implements the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). In an exclusive interview, Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how the draft policy tries to create a broader conversation around IT oversight.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Building a workforce for the year 2025, requires an infusion of new employees to replace the ones that leave, even if they're not leaving as fast as everyone thought they would. Attracting those new employees -- so far -- hasn't involved much discussion with the current employees, who are like the ones the government wants to attract. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp talked to some of them and tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she found.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:02pm EDT
John Harvey, Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth

The military branches have a template that civilian agencies could use to build their workforces for the next decade. Retired Navy Adm. John Harvey is Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He's former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the tools civilian and uniformed leaders in the military will have to build a workforce for the year 2025, and how both forces will collaborate in the coming decade.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 04:27pm EDT
Catherine Emerson, CHCO, DHS, and Miriam Cohen, CHCO, NRC

Strategies for building a workforce of the future are under development now at several different levels of government. Catherine Emerson is chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department, and Miriam Cohen is chief human capital officer of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to talk about the tools they have to make sure their work forces are ready for the year 2025.

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Thursday - 04/30/2015, 12:40pm EDT
Army Reserve says it risks losing status as ‘operational' force

Reductions to training and modernization funding are already beginning to jeopardize the Army Reserve's place as an operational force within the Army, the reserve's top officer warned Congress Wednesday, threatening his force's ability to deploy in support of active duty troops.

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