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12:12 pm, September 18, 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.).

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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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

When Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, it will have to figure out how to fund the government to start off fiscal year 2015. Most people think it will be a continuing resolution. But they may wind up needing more than the 12 days they have scheduled now. Jessica Klement is legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said getting a budget in place will take up a lot of Congress's time -- and may stretch that time to the limit.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Dr. Tom Murphy, Program Manager, Wounded Warrior Intern Program

The Navy puts its wounded sailors back to work before they're even discharged from the hospital. The Wounded Warrior Intern Program takes wounded sailors interested in science and engineering careers and puts them to work at Naval Sea Systems Command. Dr. Tom Murphy is the program manager. He explained how the program works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 04:19pm EDT
Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

The 10-year anniversary of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is next week. Agencies have spent the last 10 years pursuing ways to verify the identities of their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services is one of them, and the Inspector General's office at HHS has new research on how the agency is doing. Tom Salmon is assistant inspector general in the Office of Audit Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this work may be new -- but the HHS IG has been reporting on HSPD-12 for a long time.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 11:34am EDT
Michael Bromwich, Founder and Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group

Inspectors General are encountering speed bumps in their daily routines. Forty-seven IGs say they are having a hard time getting documents from their respective agencies in order to complete their work. Agencies include the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Now, the IGs are asking the Office of Management and Budget for help. Michael Bromwich is founder and managing principal of the Bromwich Group and an experienced federal troubleshooter. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to clarify the relationship between IGs and agencies.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:43am EDT
Mike Hettinger, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Tech America

The Defense Department's Industrial Policy Chief, Elana Broitman, stepped down in July, after only five months on the job. The departure comes as relations between industry and the Pentagon are somewhat strained. Mike Hettinger is the senior vice president for the public sector at Tech America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Broitman's departure means for contractors.

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Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:26am EDT
Tim Devaney, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The violence in Ferguson, Missouri, has drawn attention to many issues. One is whether local police departments have too many military-style weapons and other equipment originally intended for use on the battlefield. Now, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) plans to introduce a bill to limit what military equipment can be acquired by local police. Tim Devaney, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 09:24am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. Last November the Navy announced that Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this story, which he covered in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:31pm EDT
Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

Huge holes in past performance history make decision making at agencies more difficult. For example, the General Services Administration is missing 87 percent of its contractor performance history. But GSA does have about four times more information on its contractors than it did a year ago. Bill Woods is Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies are adapting to a mandate to improve their records on contract performance.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Aneesh Chopra, Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics

The debut of the US Digital Service in the Office of Management and Budget is supposed to push innovation and best practices across Federal agencies. But the announcement about the Digital Service makes some contractors nervous, similar to the rollout of 18F at the General Services Administration. Aneesh Chopra is co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, and former federal chief technology officer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said vendors selling in the government market shouldn't worry about their bottom lines.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:14pm EDT
Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations

Shrinking force size and changing force structure are two reasons the Defense Department continues to push for another round of base realignment and closure. The Army will likely shrink the most of any of the services, and they are already returning 21 locations to their home countries in Europe. But most members of Congress still oppose another BRAC round in the States. Katherine Hammack is Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Pentagon is making some progress.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 04:12pm EDT
Shawn Moran, Vice President, National Border Patrol Council

Border Patrol agents might start choosing their own work hours. A bill from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) would also create different rules on overtime pay for agents at Customs and Border Protection. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said if CBP can keep its personnel costs low enough, it can also keep the border fully staffed at all times.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:57am EDT
Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:40am EDT
John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:29am EDT
David Soo, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department

The Education Department begins a new round of what it calls experimental sites initiatives. The goal is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. David Soo, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary for Education, spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the new initiative.

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Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:25am EDT
Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies

The fast-growing number of devices connected to the Internet means enterprises need to rethink their approaches to cybersecurity. Cyber expert Melissa Hathaway says we're at a cyber inflection point. She's the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the top concerns for cybersecurity.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. The Navy announced last November Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. It's part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook from Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:26pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

A Navy contracting official pleads guilty this week to accepting $25 thousand in bribes to steer business towards one company. President Obama says people like that are a rarity in the federal government, but that assumption may be doing your agency more harm than good. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief of Goverment Executive magazine. He explained some leadership challenges at the top of the executive branch on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 08/15/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Matt Keiser, Attorney, Arnold & Porter

If you worked during the government shutdown last year, you might qualify for a spot in a lawsuit against the federal government. More than a million people worked without pay last October. Matt Keiser is an attorney for Arnold & Porter's Labor and Employment Practice. He explained both sides of the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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