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9:37 pm, December 20, 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.).

Friday - 11/21/2014, 03:54pm EST
Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

Bid protests by vendors are up, but the number of cases the Government Accountability Office upholds is down by 4 percent. Dan Gordon, associate dean for government procurement law studies at George Washington University and former administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how you should understand the mixed messages.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:20am EST
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

The government should be smaller, the Postal Service's finances need to be addressed once and for all, and it may be time to rethink the civil service system. This is all according to Senator Ron Johnson. The Wisconsin Republican will replace Delaware Democrat Tom Carper as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in December. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Senator Johnson discussed his priorities.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:16am EST
Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States

Two Treasury agencies have managed to make big gains in hiring veterans. In 2014, half of new hires at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint were veterans. Now, veterans make up about one-third of employees at each of the two agencies. How'd they do it? Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, shared details with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:03pm EST
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The General Services Administration is tightening up its Integrated Technology Service, the organization that manages all of the agency's IT contracts. The news comes on the heels of GSA's plans to consolidate some of its largest professional services contracts, too. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said all of this consolidation feels like déjà vu all over again.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:54pm EST
Melissa Adamson, Agilex, and David Yang, ICF International

Mobile technology will be at the forefront of a newly announced IT overhaul at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF says a move to new platforms like tablet computers will help the agency meet its cybersecurity goals. Melissa Adamson is vice president for advanced technologies at Agilex, and David Yang is vice president of ICF International. They're also industry co-chairs of the ACT-IAC Advanced Mobility Working Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about the state of mobile in government.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:50am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But yesterday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov never did get to the bottom of the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, what he knew and when leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller explained the hearings highlights on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:48am EST
Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered top-to-bottom changes for the nation's nuclear missile force. He wants to spend billions of dollars to fix problems with leadership, security and morale. The move comes after an exam-cheating scandal revealed numerous personnel problems among those entrusted with the country's 450 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. What's the future for this mission? Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at Naval War College and a nuclear arms expert, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain.

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Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:40am EST
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

An energy inspector general investigation has found several problems with the way Sandia National Laboratories awarded billions of dollars in maintenance and operations contracts to Lockheed Martin. The IG found a lack of competition and violation of at least one important statute. In this week's legal loop, attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Driveto explain what this investigation means for Sandia Martin.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:28pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

It took five requests and a subpoena for Todd Park to finally appear before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. But Wednesday's hearing on the security of HealthCare.gov fails to shine much of a brighter light on the former federal chief technology officer's involvement, and what he knew and when, leading up to the October 2013 launch. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the hearing.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:24pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

New missions the Defense Department has taken on in the past year strengthen the resolve of Pentagon leaders to ask Congress to bust its budget caps. The Pentagon has already made clear that it doesn't believe sequestration-level budgets in 2016 and beyond will provide enough money to run the military effectively. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:19pm EST
Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow of Strategic Studies, CSBA

Open architecture, where the Navy isn't locked into a particular vendor forever on a particular system, gets a huge boost from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. The Navy has a unique chance to reshape its fleet in the coming years. Bryan Clark, senior fellow of strategic studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and Director of the CNO's Commander's Action Group, says the driving principle behind that reshaping should be the concept of "offensive sea control." He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about what that concept looks like.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:04pm EST
Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

The Defense Department's Better Buying Power principles are saving the Navy hundreds of millions of dollars. In one instance, the Better Buying Power approach allowed the Navy to acquire three new guided-missile destroyers because it saved a total of $300 million on the entire purchase. Nick Guertin, director of Transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the future of the Navy's acquisition policy and how the BBP strategy will play a role.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:39am EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says it managed to pinch off the paths foreign hackers used to steal data from its systems. But that isn't enough to offset a series of disturbing reports by government auditors on the state of VA's cybersecurity. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the latest details on VA's cybersecurity problems.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:32am EST
John Wagner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has brought a new service to Washington Dulles International Airport. Passengers can expect speedier trips through customs inspection thanks to passport kiosks. John Wagner is the acting assistant commissioner of the Office of Field Operations at CBP. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the program resulting in the kiosk installation.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:27am EST
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Senior Executive Service is 35-years old, and yet it's never really worked the way it was intended. It didn't develop into the mobile cadre of managers who move from agency to agency. The Brookings Institution and Booz Allen Hamilton are holding a brainstorming session today with government leaders to discuss whether, and how, the SES should change. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp spoke with two of the organizers, Ron Sanders and Bob Hale of Booz Allen on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Sanders says the SES has come under a lot of stress and scrutiny of late, making now the right time for change.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:27am EST
Beth Asch, Senior Economist, The RAND Corporation

Retirement benefits in the military have one thing in common with Social Security and Medicare: they're budget time bombs yet no one in Congress has the nerve to touch them. Still, numerous proposals for reforming military compensation have been put forth. One of the most comprehensive comes from the RAND Corporation. Beth Asch is a senior economist at RAND, and she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on how to make military pay less costly and more equitable.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:27pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department says it closed down the paths foreign actors used to steal data from its systems. But that doesn't offset a series of disturbing reports by government auditors on the poor state of VA's cybersecurity. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the latest details on VA's cybersecurity problems.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:25pm EST
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy's top officer says the rapid pace of technological change means his service can't afford to buy ships in acquisition programs that one single vendor builds and integrates any more. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service sees an agile acquisition process that builds modular, adaptable systems in its future.

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