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7:55 pm, May 24, 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.).

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:06am EDT
Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Workhorse Group, Inc.

The Postal Service is planning to buy 180,000 new vehicles over the next three years. It wants those new trucks to have better safety equipment and fuel mileage than the current fleet. Mail-carriers driving the new trucks will need more room, with parcel business up 20 percent over the past five years. Steve Burns is chief executive officer at Workhorse Group, Inc. That's one of several companies bidding on the new Postal truck. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on his company's design, which includes a drone to lighten the load.

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Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:03am EDT
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration gets her job back after being fired for being pregnant. TSA ruled Amanda Kincannon's pregnancy made her "unfit for duty" and subsequently fired her. The decision was eventually overruled by TSA's internal review board, and she was recently reinstated. The incident was made public by the American Federation of Government Employees. Debra Roth, a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some more insight into this case. She said it's not exactly unheard of.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel, Cyberspace Strategy & Policy, U.S. Air Force

Chief information officers are engaging more than ever in agency mission delivery. Part of the problem, at least in the military, is historic and structural, according to Brig. Gen. Sarah Zabel. She's director of cyberspace strategy and policy in the Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the history behind the separation between mission and IT, and how to bring them together to help fight wars.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:28pm EDT
Paula Thornhill, Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND

A collaboration experiment between civilian academics and military officers leads to an unexpected discovery. The RAND Corporation says the two groups both felt intimidated by each other. Paula Thornhill, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program and senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why colleagues need to shed underlying doubts about each other to achieve true collaboration.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:24pm EDT
George DelPrete, Principal, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

Agencies trying to converge their IT systems can give them a little SMAC. SMAC is a convergence strategy that integrates social media, mobile computing, analytics and cloud computing. George DelPrete, principal for the global public sector at Grant Thornton, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the seven steps to bring SMAC convergence to your agency.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Bryan Clark, CSBA, and Bryan McGrath, Ferrybridge Group

The Navy has five financial opportunities to modernize its fleet, according to Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He was one witness at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. The other witness at the hearing was Bryan McGrath, managing director of the FerryBridge Group, and former director of the Navy Strategic Actions Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they talked about what the committee asked -- and what they didn't ask.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Everett Pyatt, McCain Institute, Arizona State University

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, proposes incremental steps to reform the defense acquisition process. But his ideas are just treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional system and don't address the root problems, according to Everett Pyatt, leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he identified conceptual flaws in the system that need to change to make defense acquisition reform permanent.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:39am EDT
Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

The Office of Management and Budget has yet to release its guidance on implementing the last procurement reform bill to become law. But now another bill has already entered the pipeline. This one's called the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry recently introduced it as a discussion draft, and now contractors are weighing in. Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some of the changes the council is recommending.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:37am EDT
Shelley Metzenbaum, President, Volcker Alliance

Anyone new to management soon learns an eternal truth: You get what you measure. That's key to success in the data driven, performance improvement climate President Barack Obama's Office of Management and Budget has fostered. Shelley Metzenbaum was the associate director for performance management at OMB. Now president of the Volker Alliance, she's still out there preaching the basics of performance measurement as a strategy for performance improvement. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share some of her latest thinking.

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Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:26am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Census Bureau will release an operational plan for the 2020 population count in the next five months. Government Accountability Office experts warn the bureau needs to get that strategy right and avoid many of the mistakes that threatened the 2000 and 2010 decennial counts. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Census has to do between now and September.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:50pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

If he's confirmed by the Senate as the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, Peter Levine will play a major role on the path toward audit readiness. He'll also be the first senior Pentagon official to publicly predict that the department will miss the auditability deadlines Congress has already set in law. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, Levine says Congress needs to find other ways to pressure the department to improve its financial reporting.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:47pm EDT
TSP's Weaver: Monthly meeting 'a tale of two auditors'

The chief accountant for the Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration says the Thrift Savings Plan board lags in doing security tests on the TSP's network. Kim Weaver is Director of External Affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the Board isn't avoiding doing the tests, and there are a couple of kinds of tests the Board will run.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:45pm EDT
Shea: Congress' data plan could save big money

Data-driven decision-making takes another step forward in the federal government if a new bipartisan bill in Congress becomes law. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have a bill to build an oversight and management framework for data in government. Robert Shea is a principal at Grant Thornton, and former associate director for administration and government performance at the Office of Management and Budget. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the idea of another commission isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:44pm EDT
Gen. Barno: Female Army Rangers are coming, if not this year, someday

Three out of 19 women that started the latest class of Army Ranger School yesterday have left the school. That's compared to 78 out of 380 men. Eventually, women will make it through Ranger School, and that's a good thing, according to retired Army Lt. General David Barno. He's a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at American University's School of International Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Barno explained the significance of Ranger School and why it's important women are there.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:38pm EDT
NSA's Neuberger: Transparency, culture, keys to building risk office

The director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, has established a Risk Office at the NSA. He chose Anne Neuberger to be the first Chief Risk Officer of the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Neuberger explained what was behind the creation of the office, and why the agency needs one.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:10am EDT
Dr. Ben Schrag, Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Science Foundation

Baby it's no longer cold outside. But it's never too early to start looking ahead, even to next winter. Researchers at the National Science Foundation are repurposing a high speed camera system to analyze snowflakes, and maybe help predict just how bad that little snow flurry might get. Dr. Ben Schrag is a program director in the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the NSF. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the camera works.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:07am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs committee members are asking for more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA inspector general report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In his bi-weekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about these latest concerns. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he found out.

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Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:04am EDT
John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Andrew Katsaros, Principle Assistant IG for Audit, Commerce Department

The Patent and Trademark Office needs to tighten its performance measures for patent examiners. The Office of Inspector General at the Commerce Department finds three main avenues PTO has to do it. Andrew Katsaros, principle assistant inspector general for audit in the Commerce Department OIG, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the three avenues and the two objectives his team took on.

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Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:30pm EDT
Hawkings: Plenty of good signs in Congress budget discussions

House appropriations committees are trying to balance the 2016 budget by taking a little bit of money from some agencies and giving it to others. The IRS and the Education Department are two agencies that could see some of their funding transferred to places like the departments of Justice and Transportation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked the money as the House appropriators do some budget math.

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