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11:23 pm, February 26, 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.).

  • Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    The size of the civilian workforce is on the decline at the Defense Department. But three other agencies plan to add 5,000 civilian employees each in the 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 the rebalancing means federal contracting opportunities will start growing in new places.

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    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

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    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

    The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements, and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

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    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

    The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 20-3. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

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    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    James White, Director of Tax Issues, GAO

    The IRS has a problem. It needs to send refund checks to law-abiding taxpayers in a timely fashion, while also looking out for identity thieves. A new report from the Government Accountability Office says one way to do that is to change the formula the agency uses to assess identity theft fraud. Last year, the IRS handed out $6 billion in fraudulent claims. James White, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report's findings.

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    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, Cyber P3 program manager, U.S. Army Reserve

    Cyber challenges are more prevalent than ever. That's driving the need for more people with the professional skills necessary to prevent and mitigate attacks. To that end, the Army Reserve has launched a new partnership to build its network of cyber warriors. The program is designed to train soldiers in cyber warfare — for both the Reserve and private sector employers. Lt. Col. Scott Nelson is the Army Reserve's Cyber P3 Program Manager. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how it all works.

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    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

    Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

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    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Dick Gregg, Managing Director, HJ Steininger

    Some agencies have ambitious modernization goals because of the DATA Act. The Treasury Department replaced 30 legacy payment systems last year. But some plans work better than others. Dick Gregg is former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and managing director of H.J. Steininger. He's using his experience at the Treasury to think of the three best ways to take advantage of the DATA Act, and he shared them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

    The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

    Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

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    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

    Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Ricardo Herring, Director of Facilities Planning, National Institutes of Health

    The National Institutes of Health's massive Bethesda campus is going to undergo quite the facelift over the next couple of decades. NIH has put together a 20- year, 500-page plan for the campus that will include 17 new buildings. Ricardo Herring, the director of the Division of Facilities Planning at NIH, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what NIH is planning.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

    A good reputation might be a government contractor's most valuable asset. That makes maintaining integrity one of the most important activities. So says Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the eighth commandment: Thou shall maintain thy integrity. It might seem like common sense, but it's impossible to overstate its importance.

    Download

    Tue Feb 24th, 2015
    John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

    The expiration date for Homeland Security's continuing resolution is fast approaching. The deadline is Friday. And that means Congress has just four days to reach an agreement funding the department for the rest of the year, or furlough roughly 30,000 employees. What should DHS managers be doing to prepare for this possibility? John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

    Download

  • Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    James White, Director of Tax Issues, GAO

    The IRS has a problem. It needs to send refund checks to law-abiding taxpayers in a timely fashion, while also looking out for identity thieves. A new report from the Government Accountability Office says one way to do that is to change the formula the agency uses to assess identity theft fraud. Last year, the IRS handed out $6 billion in fraudulent claims. James White, the director of tax issues at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report's findings.

    Download

    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Lt. Col. Scott Nelson, Cyber P3 program manager, U.S. Army Reserve

    Cyber challenges are more prevalent than ever. That's driving the need for more people with the professional skills necessary to prevent and mitigate attacks. To that end, the Army Reserve has launched a new partnership to build its network of cyber warriors. The program is designed to train soldiers in cyber warfare — for both the Reserve and private sector employers. Lt. Col. Scott Nelson is the Army Reserve's Cyber P3 Program Manager. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on how it all works.

    Download

    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

    Stop us if you've heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week's Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Scott MacFarlane, Investigative Reporter, NBC NEWS4 I-Team

    Federal employees are using their government-issued credit cards to buy gas for themselves, and sometimes friends and family. A lot of it in fact. A review of federal audits and court records by the NEWS4 I-Team found about 260 such cases. Scott MacFarlane is an Investigative Reporter with the NEWS4 I-Team. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what they found.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Ricardo Herring, Director of Facilities Planning, National Institutes of Health

    The National Institutes of Health's massive Bethesda campus is going to undergo quite the facelift over the next couple of decades. NIH has put together a 20- year, 500-page plan for the campus that will include 17 new buildings. Ricardo Herring, the director of the Division of Facilities Planning at NIH, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what NIH is planning.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

    A good reputation might be a government contractor's most valuable asset. That makes maintaining integrity one of the most important activities. So says Tim Sullivan, a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the eighth commandment: Thou shall maintain thy integrity. It might seem like common sense, but it's impossible to overstate its importance.

    Download

    Tue Feb 24th, 2015
    John Palguta, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

    The expiration date for Homeland Security's continuing resolution is fast approaching. The deadline is Friday. And that means Congress has just four days to reach an agreement funding the department for the rest of the year, or furlough roughly 30,000 employees. What should DHS managers be doing to prepare for this possibility? John Palguta, the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

    Download

  • Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    The size of the civilian workforce is on the decline at the Defense Department. But three other agencies plan to add 5,000 civilian employees each in the 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 the rebalancing means federal contracting opportunities will start growing in new places.

    Download

    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

    Download

    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Steve Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

    The Defense Business Board said the Pentagon can reduce its spending by $125 billion by getting rid of contracts, offering early retirements, and modernizing its business operations. The Board is looking specifically at large commercial firms like Lockheed Martin and Pepsi Co. as inspiration for how to modernize DoD's business portfolio. Steve Grundman is M.A. and George Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and former DoD assistant secretary for industrial affairs and installations. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Pentagon should be wary of following examples from those large firms.

    Download

    Thu Feb 26th, 2015
    Chris Cummiskey, Former Acting Undersecretary for Management, DHS

    The full Senate will likely vote on a bill that would fund the Homeland Security Department past Friday's deadline. It's unclear what moves the House will make next. But DHS is preparing for the worst. Chris Cummiskey was acting undersecretary for management at DHS during the government shutdown in 20-3. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he told Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp what DHS managers are doing to prepare.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Dick Gregg, Managing Director, HJ Steininger

    Some agencies have ambitious modernization goals because of the DATA Act. The Treasury Department replaced 30 legacy payment systems last year. But some plans work better than others. Dick Gregg is former fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department and managing director of H.J. Steininger. He's using his experience at the Treasury to think of the three best ways to take advantage of the DATA Act, and he shared them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

    The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

    Download

    Wed Feb 25th, 2015
    Steve Bucci, Heritage Foundation

    Some members of Congress propose relying on special operations forces more as defense budgets shrink. But there is a reason special ops is called "special." Steve Bucci is director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, former assistant deputy secretary of defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He's one of the contributors to the new 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength just out from the Heritage Foundation. His piece is titled "The Importance of Special Operations Forces Today and Going Forward." His piece includes five truths about special forces, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he didn't make them up.

    Download