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11:53 am, July 26, 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.).

  • Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

    Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

    Living costs are on the rise. That puts federal retirees on track for a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January. But that's only if lawmakers don't change the way inflation is measured. Congress and the White House both say the chained CPI would be a more accurate measure. But the chained CPI has lots of critics and foes. They say it's like switching your habits from eating steak for dinner to eating dog food. Web Editor Shefali Kapadia joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss federal employees' reaction online.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents are working along the Texas-Mexico border as the nation deals with a surge in illegal immigration. Before President Barack Obama declared the influx of unaccompanied children and teenagers a humanitarian crisis, Customs and Border Protection was already in need of more hands. It had announced plans to hire 2,000 officers. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give a close up view at the stresses on the border patrol.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Kristie Arslan, Executive Director, Women Impacting Public Policy

    A new bill aims to give women-owned small businesses more opportunities to win federal contracts. The Women Small Business Procurement Parity Act would help agencies meet the goal of awarding 5 percent of all contracts to women-owned small businesses. Also, it would ensure that women get a fair shot at growing their businesses and create jobs. Kristie Arslan is executive director of Women Impacting Public Policy. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new bill.

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    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

    The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Joe Klimavicz, chief information officer, Justice Department

    The new Chief Information Officer at the Justice Department is reviewing his to-do list two months into the job. Joe Klimavicz took over as the Justice CIO in May after leaving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Joe writes about his first weeks on the job on the CIO Council's blog. He says he had to dig in quickly and learn the ropes at DoJ.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    James Green, project officer, CDC and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

    An ambulance crash in Texas that killed everyone inside but the driver is the latest incident to expose safety problems in the vehicles of first responder. New emergency crash standards can hopefully reduce that risk. James Green is project officer of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Citizen Services category. He created ten new safety standards for ambulances and tells Francis Rose on In Depth what inspired their creation.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Rob Zitz, senior VP and chief systems architect, Leidos

    The cyber attacks on the Government Printing Office and Government Accountability Office are the latest in a trend of heavier attacks on small agencies. Darren Van Booven, the chief information security officer and assistant chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives, tells Federal News Radio attackers are more sophisticated and they're starting to target small agencies. Rob Zitz is senior vice president and chief systems architect at Leidos, formerly part of SAIC. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He says better cybersecurity starts with three letters: CDM.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

    You've heard the expression, spend it or lose it. The approaching end of the fiscal year tends to stir federal agencies to use whatever acquisition money they have left. That causes a definite uptick in spending. Vendors don't want to miss out. They're already getting ready for what Bloomberg Government calls the end of year scramble. Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss when the activity picks up.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

    Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

    Download

    Tue Jul 22nd, 2014
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    Time is ticking on the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. The typical summer rush is about to start: You have a chance over the next several months to nail down some new business and lay the groundwork for next year. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said lots of buying decisions will come soon.

    Download

  • Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

    Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Shefali Kapadia, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

    Living costs are on the rise. That puts federal retirees on track for a 1.9 percent cost of living adjustment in January. But that's only if lawmakers don't change the way inflation is measured. Congress and the White House both say the chained CPI would be a more accurate measure. But the chained CPI has lots of critics and foes. They say it's like switching your habits from eating steak for dinner to eating dog food. Web Editor Shefali Kapadia joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss federal employees' reaction online.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents are working along the Texas-Mexico border as the nation deals with a surge in illegal immigration. Before President Barack Obama declared the influx of unaccompanied children and teenagers a humanitarian crisis, Customs and Border Protection was already in need of more hands. It had announced plans to hire 2,000 officers. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give a close up view at the stresses on the border patrol.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Kristie Arslan, Executive Director, Women Impacting Public Policy

    A new bill aims to give women-owned small businesses more opportunities to win federal contracts. The Women Small Business Procurement Parity Act would help agencies meet the goal of awarding 5 percent of all contracts to women-owned small businesses. Also, it would ensure that women get a fair shot at growing their businesses and create jobs. Kristie Arslan is executive director of Women Impacting Public Policy. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new bill.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

    You've heard the expression, spend it or lose it. The approaching end of the fiscal year tends to stir federal agencies to use whatever acquisition money they have left. That causes a definite uptick in spending. Vendors don't want to miss out. They're already getting ready for what Bloomberg Government calls the end of year scramble. Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss when the activity picks up.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

    Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

    Download

  • Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

    The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Joe Klimavicz, chief information officer, Justice Department

    The new Chief Information Officer at the Justice Department is reviewing his to-do list two months into the job. Joe Klimavicz took over as the Justice CIO in May after leaving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Joe writes about his first weeks on the job on the CIO Council's blog. He says he had to dig in quickly and learn the ropes at DoJ.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    James Green, project officer, CDC and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

    An ambulance crash in Texas that killed everyone inside but the driver is the latest incident to expose safety problems in the vehicles of first responder. New emergency crash standards can hopefully reduce that risk. James Green is project officer of the Division of Safety Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He's a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Citizen Services category. He created ten new safety standards for ambulances and tells Francis Rose on In Depth what inspired their creation.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Rob Zitz, senior VP and chief systems architect, Leidos

    The cyber attacks on the Government Printing Office and Government Accountability Office are the latest in a trend of heavier attacks on small agencies. Darren Van Booven, the chief information security officer and assistant chief administrative officer for the House of Representatives, tells Federal News Radio attackers are more sophisticated and they're starting to target small agencies. Rob Zitz is senior vice president and chief systems architect at Leidos, formerly part of SAIC. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He's my guest for Industry Chatter today. He says better cybersecurity starts with three letters: CDM.

    Download

    Tue Jul 22nd, 2014
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    Time is ticking on the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. The typical summer rush is about to start: You have a chance over the next several months to nail down some new business and lay the groundwork for next year. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said lots of buying decisions will come soon.

    Download