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6:02 pm, February 1, 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.).

Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:24am EST
Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP's 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency's push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

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Monday - 12/29/2014, 07:15am EST
Courtney O'Callaghan, Chief Digital Officer, Freer and Sackler Galleries

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery the Smithsonian's museums featuring Asian art will ring in the new year by releasing their entire collections online to the public on Jan. 1. The majority of the 40,000 pieces have never been seen before by the public. Most will be available in high resolution. Courtney O'Callaghan is the galleries' chief digital officer. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about this digital transition and the collection itself.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 08:55am EST
Tim Blades, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

A Defense Department team was recently honored by a British chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear industry group. DOD was the first organization outside the United Kingdom to get top honors from the group known as CBRN UK. The team received its award for developing and operating the ship-mounted system that destroyed tons of Syrian chemical weapons last year. The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System was housed on the converted container ship MV Cape Ray. Tim Blades is the deputy director of program integration at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, which had a major hand in developing the technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the technology and the challenges the team faced.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:52am EST
Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government-issued contracts usually include pages of boilerplate. Contractors ignore it at their peril. Buried in all that fine print might be clauses that can burn you. Contracting legal expert Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." He's been exploring these myths on the Federal Dive with Tom Temin. Today, Sullivan tackles the 10th and final myth: Solicitations are filled with standard provisions that don't require careful reading. Sullivan says, to the contrary. Make sure someone combs over all that boilerplate.

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Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 06:49am EST
Jim Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

With each passing week, the stakes in the cybersecurity game get higher. Now Sony is reeling from a cyber attack U.S. officials believe originated in North Korea. This incident got Tom Temin wondering if the average federal agency has sufficient defenses against an attack like this. Or if it has enough resilience to recover. Jim Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joined the Federal Drive with an update on the government's cybersecurity status.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:45pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have a new tool to make online services easier and safer for citizens. The General Services Administration officially launches Connect.gov with two private sector vendors providing identity management services. Jennifer Kerber, director of Connect.gov in the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what the launch of the the new service means to agencies.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:37pm EST
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Today, 13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:28pm EST
Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The amount of money the Homeland Security Department spends on administratively uncontrollable overtime is on the rise. The Government Accountability Office says it's up about 30 percent since 2008. But the overtime management system DHS uses is having a hard time keeping up. Dave Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about ways to improve the system.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:15pm EST
Eric Brown, Program Manager, Vets to Feds, OPM

The latest round of the Vets to Feds program is ready at the Office of Personnel Management. Eric Brown, program manager of Vets to Feds at OPM, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the history of the program.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:57am EST
David Dye, Director, Federal Human Capital Services, Deloitte

Some days, it's not easy being a senior career executive in the Federal Government. Ill will reached a peak last summer at the height of scandal in the Veterans Affairs Department. That led to Congress enacting legislation cutting the civil service protection of SESers at the VA. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama gave the SES a pat on the back, promising to make the service into how it was originally envisioned. So what will 2015 bring? David Dye, the director of Federal Human Capital Services at Deloitte and a former official at the Office of Personnel Management, offered some answers on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:54am EST
Lori Walsh, Chief, Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics, SEC

For years the Securities and Exchange Commission has been seen as perhaps a step behind the securities fraudsters it's charged with stopping. But at least one branch is embracing the technological future, using the latest electronic tools to spot potential wrongdoing. Lori Walsh is the chief of the SEC's Center for Risk and Quantitative Analytics. It houses some of the agency's brightest minds, all focused on stopping new forms of Wall Street crime. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how they're going about it.

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Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52am EST
Mike Kucharek, Spokesman, NORAD

It's that most wonderful time of the year again. And as Santa gears up for his annual flight, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) prepares to track his progress. That will happen, as it always has, on Dec. 24, and Santa's location will be available to all the little and not-so-little prying eyes who can't wait for those shiny boots to drop down through their chimneys. Mike Kucharek is a spokesman for NORAD. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight into this annual event, starting with how it began.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:37pm EST
Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expects about half of the taxpayers who call the agency this tax season for help to not reach anyone. He says budget cuts and workforce reductions make good customer service impossible at the IRS. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey tells In Depth with Francis Rose that as bad as that sounds, it's actually worse.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:34pm EST
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The head of the U.S. Agengy for International Development is stepping down after five years of service. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that leader will leave behind a legacy that proves innovation can happen in a stifling federal bureaucracy in a relatively short amount of time.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:31pm EST
Mike Astrue, Former Commissioner, SSA

Your agency has less than two weeks to decide on a two-year plan for how to structure its senior executive workforce. Once that workforce plan is in place, your agency can refocus back to an ongoing morale problem affecting the entire federal workforce. Mike Astrue is former commissioner of the Social Security Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to start progressive leadership strategies at your agency.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:14am EST
Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

If recent events on the cybersecurity front have scared the heck out of you, well, good. There's a lot you can do. How about start by reading the latest version of the government's premier publications on how to assess whether your security and privacy controls are adequate for today's hacker-plagued world? Dr. Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project and Joint Task Force Leader at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what's in the newest revision of Special Publication 800-53-A.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:05am EST
Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief for Computer Crime, Dept. of Justice

A new cybersecurity unit at the Justice Department will offer itself as a legal advisor for cyber crime investigations worldwide. It will be operating under the department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. And its doors are already open. Michael Stawasz, the deputy chief for computer crime in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why this unit was needed, as well as what sets it apart from DOJ's existing cyber crime departments.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:04am EST
Don Kettl, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

After 50 years of stepping on its neck, now the United States is preparing to normalize relations with Cuba. President Barack Obama's wide-ranging diplomatic bet involves finance, trade, border security and travel. That means it will spark a lot of work for you, your employees and contractors. Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the implications.

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Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:59pm EST
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

A higher level of accountability, zero-based budgeting and more, better trained people are among the recommendations from an expert panel to improve the Secret Service. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson releases the panel's suggestions Thursday after a two-month study. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose details on the report and other areas Johnson is focusing on.

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