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11:46 am, October 24, 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.).

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:04pm EDT
Raj Sharma, CEO, Censeo Consulting

Nov. 15 is the deadline for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to patch up the cybersecurity holes in the Healthcare.gov website. The Government Accountability Office offered 22 technical recommendations to the agency last week. Those problems appear just as the website nears its first birthday. Raj Sharma is co-founder and CEO of the Censeo Consulting Group. On the In Depth with Francis Rose Industry Chatter segment, he shared some ways to predict, and fix, longstanding problems with large federal IT projects like Healthcare.gov.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 01:09pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

A big contractor goes to court to challenge the Veterans Affairs Department's plan to limit a solicitation for services to small businesses - and the big guy wins. The details of the case make it one to watch, according to our procurement expert. Attorney Joe Petrillo explained the case of Rotech v. United States on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:47pm EDT
Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The STOCK Act, the revolving door, the reverse revolving door: these are the reasons why the Office of Government Ethics is being more aggressive in its training of federal employees. Over the last year, OGE has offered 238 percent more training courses and hours then the year before. In part two of their interview, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how OGE is managing through this volatile environment.

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Thursday - 09/25/2014, 12:45pm EDT
Silvia Inéz Salazar, National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute is trying to connect with its audience in new ways. Scientists in a user-experience lab are designing technologies and collecting data on customers' experiences to understand the needs of cancer patients and researchers. Silvia Salazar is the Informatics Research Lab Manager at NCI. She shared details about the lab on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

By next summer, the Defense Department plans to make an award for a new off-the-shelf electronic health record system that meets modern health IT standards. But the system won't be a silver bullet for DoD's challenges in exchanging medical data with VA, or within the department itself. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu has details on the legwork DoD will be doing over the next couple years to make its existing data more interoperable.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Ken Sandler, Sustainability and Green Building Advisor, GSA

The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It's using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It's also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson's progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Adrian Gardner, CIO, FEMA

The White House wants to cut about $2 billion from the federal IT budget next year. The Obama Administration says that's good news, because it means federal agencies are being more efficient with their IT projects. Adrian Gardner, chief information officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and agency co-chair of this year's Executive Leadership Conference, told In Depth with Francis Rose about one of his passions. He said he likes using industry partnerships to make the most out of shrinking IT budgets.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:08pm EDT
Cary Russell, Director of Defense Capabilities, GAO

The F-22 Raptor made its combat debut against the Islamic State in Syria this week. The F-22 project cost about $70 billion over a decade. The Pentagon expects the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to be combat-ready in four years, and it's already the most expensive weapon system in Defense Department history. Cary Russell, director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, estimates the cost of running the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. He told In Depth with Francis Rose after DoD activates the F-35 for combat, the cost could reach about $1 trillion.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:20am EDT
Col. Paul Reese, Center for Army Lessons Learned

The Center for Army Lessons Learned is calling for soldiers who want to serve a yearlong tour in a hot spot such as Afghanistan, Kuwait or Africa. As an Embedded Liaison Officer, they would report back on what they observed. Colonel Paul Reese, director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what the Army is calling a great opportunity.

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Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 09:14am EDT
Joseph Campbell, Criminal Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Public corruption is a top priority for the FBI. Agents look for everything from local motor vehicle officials fudging things for a case of whiskey to federal officials who might be on the take. That includes keeping resources on the southern border, watching border patrol agents. Joseph Campbell is assistant director for the Criminal Division at the FBI. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how public corruption cases are generated.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Walter Shaub, Director, Office of Government Ethics

The Office of Government Ethics is stepping out from behind the legal and policy curtain to help build a broader community, and it wants agency ethics officials and others to do the same. Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, says a month-long series of seminars and summits is part of a broader effort to change the view of ethics oversight across government. He spoke to Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller in part one of their interview.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:25pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The leader of TechAmerica's public sector, Mike Hettinger, is out. Larry Allen and Bill Greenwalt are in as consultants to advise the board of TechAmerica about where to go next. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the reactions he's hearing to the changes at TechAmerica.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon is about a month away from rescinding a 2012 policy that made the Defense Information Systems Agency the only outlet for DoD agencies to buy cloud services from commercial providers. As Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, department IT leaders think the current approach is taking too long.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Ann Hagedorn, Author, "The Invisible Soldiers"

The Pentagon is looking at the relationship between its prime contractors and their subcontractors. That relationship has generated some controversy, especially in the area of private military security companies. Ann Hagedorn is author of The Invisible Soldiers: How American Outsourced Our Security. Her book focuses on the pros and cons of those companies and how the government buys their services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared the story of Kadhim Alkanani.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Mike Hettinger is out as TechAmerica's vice president for public sector. He was supposed to bring stability to the policy group after it lost four former leaders to one of its competitors. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners. He's now serving as a consultant for TechAmerica during this period of transition, and explained his approach on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

The continuing resolution that runs until Dec. 11 includes a 1 percent pay raise for you and your colleagues. But Congress could still write that out of federal budget plans once the CR runs out. Janet Kopenhaver is the Washingon representative of Federally Employed Women. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how they're fighting to keep the pay raise in Congress's budget plans for fiscal 2015.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:33am EDT
Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Tech companies are moving to block everyone from accessing people's data, including law enforcement. More products from Apple and Google automatically encrypt and protect people's data from both police and thieves. Critics say the changes will hamper law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Julian Hattem, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:30am EDT
Marco Conners, Chief of the Army Games for Training Program, National Simulation Center

The Army is experimenting with a new type of interactive software to train its young leaders. It's called the Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment software (ELITE). The training tool teaches soldiers to deal with a range of problems including disagreements with their platoon sergeant, driving under the influence and sexual harassment. Marco Conners is chief of the Army Games at the National Simulation Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:28am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Last night's Service to America Medals awards gala celebrated federal employees who went above and beyond the call of duty. The Federal Employee of the Year was Dr. Rana Hajjeh, director of the Division of Bacterial Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a recap.

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Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 10:06am EDT
Col. Donald Bray, Commander, Cyber Protection Brigade

The Army has activated a new brigade, a cyber brigade, its first ever. The brigade is part of the Army's Cyber Command. The brigade will be divided into teams consisting of both soldiers and civilians. Their primary mission will be to conduct defensive cyberspace operations. Army Col. Donald Bray is commander of the Cyber Protection Brigade in Fort Gordon, Georgia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the brigade's structure and mission.

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