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11:54 am, April 18, 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 - 03/26/2015, 05:43pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy is in the middle of a long push to overhaul its personnel practices. Navy officials think those practices are too rigid, and that they're based on concepts of talent management that are really outdated. Officials want new data analytics capabilities to help determine what's good and bad about the current system, and they're asking industry for help. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:41pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:37pm EDT
Ron Prater, Partner and Co-Founder, Corner Alliance

Leaders at the National Institute of Health have a new BRAIN to leverage. The Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network is based in the cloud, and it's ready for other agencies to leverage. Ron Prater is partner and co-founder of the Corner Alliance, one of the co-developers of the program. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how BRAIN works.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 05:35pm EDT
Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, wants to alter the chain of command in the defense acquisition reform process. But his reform bill also zeroes in on the Pentagon's IT acquisition process. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president for public sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those details of the bipartisan bill will help the Defense Department keep its technological edge.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 09:12am EDT
John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

If you're the target of discrimination and harassment, or the perpetrator of it, it rarely ends well. But sometimes it can lead to tragedy. In one case, a female Defense employee tried to commit suicide, claiming she was the object of discrimination and harassment. In another case, an accused supervisor succeeded in taking his own life while being investigated on sexual harassment charges. Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for navigating these difficult situations.

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Thursday - 03/26/2015, 06:11am EDT
Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Even if Congress finally finds a way around sequestration, the drawdown plan the Army has already laid out would take it down to a size of 450,000 soliders within the next five years. Officials said they won't be able to shed 40,000 personnel just through attrition. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is expected to involuntarily separate at least 14,000 more soldiers, and thousands more if the budget caps stay in effect.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:52pm EDT
Steve Koprince, Partner, Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird

Prime contractors that don't meet small business subcontracting goals can lose deals because of that failure. The Government Accountability Office denied a protest from a prime that wasn't even able to get into the final competition. Steve Koprince is a partner at Petefish, Immel, Heeb and Hird. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the facts of the case and what the GAO found when they looked at it.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:49pm EDT
Justin Herman, SocialGov Lead, GSA

The General Services Administration launched the first-ever Public Participation Playbook. GSA said it will help federal agencies meet their open goverment priority goals. Justin Herman is SocialGov lead and manager of the Public Participation Playbook project at the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how it works.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:44pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A five-year plan with specific targets for more cuts to your agency's office space is at the center of a new memo from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB released a strategy detailing how agencies shouldn't just freeze their footprints. Making them smaller and more efficient is the new priority. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about OMB's new Reduce the Footprint policy.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Jerry Hendrix, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, CNAS

The House and Senate Budget Committees are working through plans today that would add funds to the Overseas Contingency Operations budget. But the White House has already said President Barack Obama won't sign a budget with a huge increase in OCO funding. Long-term financial planning for the military is one aspect of a long-term strategy detailed in a new work called "Avoiding Trivia: A Strategy for Sustainment and Fiscal Security." Retired Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix is the author and senior fellow and director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jerry explained where the term "avoiding trivia" comes from and how it applies to military strategy.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 12:09pm EDT
Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 09:17am EDT
Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Patent and Trademark Office

The first-ever Patent Quality Summit kicks off later today, hosted by the Patent and Trademark Office. Officials there hope it will be the first of many. The two-day event has attracted a who's-who of people interested in improving patent quality. Valencia Martin-Wallace, the PTO's deputy commissioner for patent quality, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the PTO is hoping to accomplish with this summit.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 08:38am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget is putting federal office space and excess property in to a deeper freeze. And maybe trimming it a little bit. Two years after issuing the "Freeze the Footprint" policy, OMB will issue a follow-on memo today requiring civilian agencies and the Defense Department to develop a plan to reduce their real property footprints over the next five years. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review OMB's new downsizing initiative.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 05:45am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A few agencies are about to test something called a "federal feedback button." The White House hopes it will let online agencies spot customer-service issues as soon as they happen. One official likened it to Yelp for the government. Reporter Emily Kopp has written about this, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

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Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 05:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Tony Scott has learned at least one thing in his nearly two months as the federal chief information officer: Starting initiatives means little unless you can get them to the finish line. Scott, a pilot, makes the analogy to flying a plane. Taking off might be the fun part, but you've got to land at some point. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller covered Scott's first speech as federal CIO. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how Scott plans to pilot federal IT over the next two years.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 05:01pm EDT
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)

December 2013 was a major milestone on DoD's path to audit-ready financial statements. The Marine Corps became the first military service in history to get a clean opinion on a major part of its general fund. But new information has come to light since then, and on Monday, the DoD inspector general rescinded its favorable audit opinion - saying it's no longer reliable. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) is a member of the House Armed Service Committee and is focused intently on DoD audit readiness over the last several years. He spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about the latest developments and what they mean for DoD's broader audit goals.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:35pm EDT
Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

Reverse auctions can save your agency money, but only if it uses them the right way. That's according to Dan Gordon, a procurement professor at George Washington University and former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who testified about reverse auctions to the House Small Business committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he told the committee agencies should ask themselves a few questions before they decide to use reverse auctions.

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Tuesday - 03/24/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Dave Wennergren, Senior Vice President for Technology, PSC

25 percent of the federal contracting workforce has less than five years of experience. And there are ten times more contracting employees over 50 years old than under 30. Dave Wennergren is senior vice president for technology at the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said those splits between age and experience mean your agency's not using innovative solutions you already have.

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