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6:20 am, September 30, 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 Sep 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

    Federal agencies are not using performance data to make better management decisions. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required agencies to do that, and to document how they do it. The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down performance data scores at your agency.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

    The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Marty Rubenstein, Chief Financial Officer, National Science Foundation

    The results are in from Federal News Radio's 2014 Chief Financial Officers survey. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the results with Martha Rubenstein, chief financial officer of the National Science Foundation. Jason explained what we asked, and the kind of response we got from agency CFOs.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

    Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

    The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

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    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

    A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

    The Treasury Department's long-term vision for USASpending.gov is getting a boost by the DATA Act. President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act into law in May. Christina Ho is the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. In part 2 of their interview, she tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the DATA Act implementation effort dovetails into the USASpending.gov improvement plan. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department is a classic. It's a tale of a senior veterans health administration deputy chief procurement officer committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    On Monday, the Defense Department will propose new rules designed to close up some of the gaps officials see in the financial protections military members are entitled to as of today. DoD concluded that the way it's been implementing a 2006 law was riddled with loopholes. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explained the changes as part of this week's edition of Inside DoD the Reporter's Notebook.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    Brian Miller, Navigant

    Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely is under indictment for conduct around the Las Vegas conference scandal, and for other misconduct. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration, and a former prosecutor. He led the investigation into Jeff Neely's conduct. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the significance of an indictment from a legal perspective.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    James Rodriguez, Defense Department Warrior Care Policy

    The fifth annual Warrior Games kick off this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will compete for their branch of the armed forces. The sports include wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. James Rodriguez, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy, provided a preview of the games on the Federal Drive.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

    Congress left town ignoring the Obama administration's request for more funding to deal with illegal immigration. Dana Leigh Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and an immigration judge in San Francisco. When we spoke with her at the peak of the surge across the Southern border in July, she described her work as handling death-penalty cases with traffic court resources. She gave an update on the situation on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

    Download

  • Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

    Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

    The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

    A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

    The Treasury Department's long-term vision for USASpending.gov is getting a boost by the DATA Act. President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act into law in May. Christina Ho is the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. In part 2 of their interview, she tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the DATA Act implementation effort dovetails into the USASpending.gov improvement plan. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department is a classic. It's a tale of a senior veterans health administration deputy chief procurement officer committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    James Rodriguez, Defense Department Warrior Care Policy

    The fifth annual Warrior Games kick off this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will compete for their branch of the armed forces. The sports include wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. James Rodriguez, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Warrior Care Policy, provided a preview of the games on the Federal Drive.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    Dana Leigh Marks, National Association of Immigration Judges

    Congress left town ignoring the Obama administration's request for more funding to deal with illegal immigration. Dana Leigh Marks is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and an immigration judge in San Francisco. When we spoke with her at the peak of the surge across the Southern border in July, she described her work as handling death-penalty cases with traffic court resources. She gave an update on the situation on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

    Download

  • Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, GAO

    Federal agencies are not using performance data to make better management decisions. The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 required agencies to do that, and to document how they do it. The Government Accountability Office keeps score of which agencies actually use that information, and only two agencies are showing any improvement. Chris Mihm is Managing Director for Strategic Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down performance data scores at your agency.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Rich Cooper, Homeland Security Policy Institute, GW University

    The top leaders of the Homeland Security Department are leaving their jobs twice as fast as any other agency in the federal government. The Washington Post reports a dysfunctional workplace and terrible morale are two big reasons why. Rich Cooper is a partner at Catalyst Partners, and a fellow for the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some recommendations for how to fix the culture of the agency.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Marty Rubenstein, Chief Financial Officer, National Science Foundation

    The results are in from Federal News Radio's 2014 Chief Financial Officers survey. Executive Editor Jason Miller joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the results with Martha Rubenstein, chief financial officer of the National Science Foundation. Jason explained what we asked, and the kind of response we got from agency CFOs.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    On Monday, the Defense Department will propose new rules designed to close up some of the gaps officials see in the financial protections military members are entitled to as of today. DoD concluded that the way it's been implementing a 2006 law was riddled with loopholes. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explained the changes as part of this week's edition of Inside DoD the Reporter's Notebook.

    Download

    Fri Sep 26th, 2014
    Brian Miller, Navigant

    Former General Services Administration official Jeff Neely is under indictment for conduct around the Las Vegas conference scandal, and for other misconduct. Brian Miller of Navigant is former Inspector General at the General Services Administration, and a former prosecutor. He led the investigation into Jeff Neely's conduct. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the significance of an indictment from a legal perspective.

    Download