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6:03 pm, December 22, 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.).

  • Mon Dec 22nd, 2014
    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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    Mon Dec 22nd, 2014
    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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    Mon Dec 22nd, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    In the latest flurry of bills, nominations, and budget plans, four things on Capitol Hill rise to the top of the need-to-know list, according to Larry Allen. He's President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what those four things are.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

    If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Dr. Terry Allard, Warfighter Performance Department, ONR

    The Office of Naval Research is reviewing its takeaways from the Warfighter Performance Focus Area Forum. They will use what they learned at that event to start the preparation for the Naval Future-Force Science and Technology Expo, here in D.C. in February. Dr. Terry Allard is head of ONR's Warfighter Performance Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he detailed what he took away from the forum the first week of November.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

    The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Bob Behn, senior lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    With about two years left in the Obama administration and a new President's Management Agenda, measuring that success becomes more critical. One way people do it is with Key Performance Indicators. Bob Behn is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of "PerformanceStat Potential." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said having too many key indicators may be worse than not having enough.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

    Download

  • Mon Dec 22nd, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Mon Dec 22nd, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Mon Dec 22nd, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

  • Fri Dec 19th, 2014
    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.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    In the latest flurry of bills, nominations, and budget plans, four things on Capitol Hill rise to the top of the need-to-know list, according to Larry Allen. He's President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what those four things are.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

    If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Dr. Terry Allard, Warfighter Performance Department, ONR

    The Office of Naval Research is reviewing its takeaways from the Warfighter Performance Focus Area Forum. They will use what they learned at that event to start the preparation for the Naval Future-Force Science and Technology Expo, here in D.C. in February. Dr. Terry Allard is head of ONR's Warfighter Performance Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he detailed what he took away from the forum the first week of November.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

    The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Bob Behn, senior lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    With about two years left in the Obama administration and a new President's Management Agenda, measuring that success becomes more critical. One way people do it is with Key Performance Indicators. Bob Behn is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of "PerformanceStat Potential." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said having too many key indicators may be worse than not having enough.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

    Download