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9:08 pm, November 25, 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.).

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Trey Hodgkins, Senior Vice President of Public Sector, ITAPS

The midterm elections are less than a week away now, and a lame-duck session of Congress follows that. The House and Senate may try to pass a budget plan for your agency fiscal 2015. But they will also need to do a Defense Authorization Act. Trey Hodgkins is senior vice president of public sector for the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said federal contractors and agencies need to keep an eye on the future of the 2015 version of the Act.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, General Services Administration

One concept could change the way the Federal government does business. Dan Tangherlini is the Administrator of the General Services Administration and addressed the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia. In a speech excerpt on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that concept is one the federal government has proven before it can execute.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

A very experienced investment expert thinks you're in good shape, retirement-wise. Kim Weaver is Director of the Office of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she talked about the Wall Street executive that thinks between the TSP and your pension, you're in pretty nice shape.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Charles Bolden, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA has a lot going on these days, and not just the investigation into Tuesday evening's explosion of a privately-operated rocket at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA has received high marks for employee satisfaction, and it's also moving ahead with plans to end U.S. reliance on Russia. NASA chose contractors Boeing and Space-X to transport astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The Tuesday crash involved a rocket made and operated by Orbital Sciences, which is not involved in astronaut transport. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp, Administrator Charles Bolden spoke about new rockets and why they're special.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Robert Bohn, Cloud Technical Program Manager, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its final version of the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. It incorporates more than 200 comments from government and industry, and it's intended to support the government's adoption of cloud computing. Bob Bohn is the Cloud Technical Program Manager at NIST. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the roadmap.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 01:00pm EDT
Col. Lee Ackiss, Marine Corps

Life after the military just got a little easier, at least for Marines planning to muster out. The Marine Corps has rolled out new a website where Marines use their military training to earn equivalent civilian certifications that could potentially lead to civilian jobs. The site is called "COOL." Col. Lee Ackiss is the Personal and Professional Development Deputy Branch Head for the Marine and Family Programs Division. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the new site intends to do.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:54am EDT
Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:50am EDT
Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Kathy Conrad, acting Associate Administrator, GSA OCSIT

Customer service initiatives are popping up all across government. Many them are based in customer service work the General Services Administration does in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Kathy Conrad is acting Associate Administrator at GSA's OCSIT, and was at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how she'll take home lessons learned and put them to work at her agency.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:39pm EDT
Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development phase, commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller discussed the current and future impact of BBP.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:28pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington representative, Federally Employed Women

Midterm elections are exactly one week away. But no matter what happens to the political power balance in the legislative branch, it'll be hard for the next group to do much less for federal employees than the 113th Congress did. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of Federally Employed Women. FEW gives out legislative score cards for each session of Congresss. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Janet said the most recent scores were hard to decide.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:17pm EDT
Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget

Cross agency priorities get much of the focus so far in the President's Management Agenda for the rest of President Barack Obama's second term. But the PMA officially has four major components. Beth Cobert, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, laid out the four components in a keynote speech at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg Virginia last night. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained why she'll push hard on the agenda for the rest of the administration.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:38am EDT
Rich Ashooh, Director of Strategy, BAE Systems Electronics Solutions

For 50 years, the TechAmerica Foundation has presented a detailed forecast for Defense spending. It's one source of information contractors use to plan their marketing and sales efforts. This year's forecast team has shown one eternal truth. Pentagon budgets reflect more than just what military leaders say they need. They're buffeted by the economy and politics too. Rick Ashooh leads TechAmerica's DoD forecast team. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at this year's Tech America Vision Conference.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:36am EDT
Gerry Robbins, DoD Business Development and Market Analyst

Armies run on food, fuel and information. That last part is why the Defense Department spends so much on information technology and services each year, and why contractors spend a lot of time reading the DoD tea leaves. Gerry Robbins is the team lead for this year's TechAmerica defense IT market forecast. He's spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive at the TechAmerica Foundation Vision Forecast Conference.

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Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:20am EDT
Tim Sullivan,Thompson Coburn LLP

As a government contractor, you don't want to be known as a whiner. Companies fear that if they get reputations for protesting bids it could hurt them in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. For the next nine Tuesdays, we'll be talking about these myths with him. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss myth number two: that you should always lodge a protest.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:38pm EDT
Bill Dougan, President, National Federation of Federal Employees

Employee engagement at agencies across the federal government is either consistently great, consistently not-so-great, or consistently inconsistent. This year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows agencies that have historically at the top are still at the top, while the agencies at the bottom are still at the bottom (when it comes to employee satisfaction). The ones in the middle are all over the place. Bill Dougan is president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he analyzed this year's survey results.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

Five out of five federal agencies fall short in meeting the customer service improvements Congress said it wanted to see four years ago. The Government Accountability Office looked at selected quintet of agencies to see if they have all the key elements necessary for high-quality customer service. GAO says all five are missing at least one critical piece of that puzzle. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at GAO. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he broke down what each agency needs to improve their customer service scores.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

A gap of mistrust is forming between senior managers and their employees across the federal government. The results of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show federal employees are taking an increasingly dim view of the senior leaders in their agencies. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International, and former Chief Human Capital Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he said federal agencies are treading on a dangerous path right now regarding workplace standards.

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Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:26pm EDT
John Wrobel and Devon Rust, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Reaching the Army's Net Zero Water goals is a little easier for Aberdeen Proving Ground. It finds a way to recycle water from a previously contaminated stream on base, and reuse it to heat some of its buildings. APG says it will save about $400,000 a year in water costs, and $64 million by the end of the 23-year contract. John Wrobel is the acting chief and Devon Rust is the installation energy manager for the Directorate of Public Works at Aberdeen Proving Ground. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained how the project is saving them money and energy.

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