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8:46 am, August 20, 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.).

  • Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega-schedule. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how GSA is rethinking professional services contracting.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Navy is taking a strategic sourcing approach to the way it spends money on conferences. The service awards 17 blanket purchase agreements for conference planning, and in the near future, those BPAs might become the only authorized way to spend money on official meetings for the Navy and Marine Corps. Jamey Halke, Navy Department strategic sourcing program manager, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu. He explains the Navy's response to governmentwide pressure to reduce spending on conferences.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    One of a federal agency's acquistion strategies might disappear. A rewrite of the Federal Acquisition Regulation sets new requirements for blanket purchase agreements. The goal is to promote competition for new contracts. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rewrite will have some unintended consequences for federal agencies.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

    The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

    When Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, it will have to figure out how to fund the government to start off Fiscal Year 2015. Most people think it will be a continuing resolution. But they may wind up needing more than the 12 days they have scheduled now. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said getting a budget in place will take up a lot of Congress's time -- and may stretch that time to the limit.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Dr. Tom Murphy, Program Manager, Wounded Warrior Intern Program

    The Navy puts its wounded sailors back to work before they're even discharged from the hospital. The Wounded Warrior Intern Program takes wounded sailors interested in science and engineering careers and puts them to work at Naval Sea Systems Command. Dr. Tom Murphy is the program manager. He explained how the program works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

    The 10-year anniversary of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is next week. Agencies have spent the last 10 years pursuing ways to verify the identities of their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services is one of them, and the Inspector General's office at HHS has new research on how the agency is doing. Tom Salmon is assistant inspector general in the Office of Audit Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this work may be new -- but the HHS IG has been reporting on HSPD-12 for a long time.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Michael Bromwich, Founder and Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group

    Inspectors General are encountering speed bumps in their daily routines. Forty-seven IGs say they are having a hard time getting documents from their respective agencies in order to complete their work. Agencies include the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Now, the IGs are asking the Office of Management and Budget for help. Michael Bromwich is founder and managing principal of the Bromwich Group and an experienced federal troubleshooter. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to clarify the relationship between IGs and agencies.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Mike Hettinger, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Tech America

    The Defense Department's Industrial Policy Chief, Elana Broitman, stepped down in July, after only five months on the job. The departure comes as relations between industry and the Pentagon are somewhat strained. Mike Hettinger is the senior vice president for the public sector at Tech America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Broitman's departure means for contractors.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Tim Devaney, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

    The violence in Ferguson, Missouri, has drawn attention to many issues. One is whether local police departments have too many military-style weapons and other equipment originally intended for use on the battlefield. Now, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) plans to introduce a bill to limit what military equipment can be acquired by local police. Tim Devaney, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. Last November the Navy announced that Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this story, which he covered in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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    Mon Aug 18th, 2014
    Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

    Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

    Download

    Mon Aug 18th, 2014
    John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

    Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Mon Aug 18th, 2014
    David Soo, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department

    The Education Department begins a new round of what it calls experimental sites initiatives. The goal is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. David Soo, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary for Education, spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the new initiative.

    Download

  • Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Michael Bromwich, Founder and Managing Principal, The Bromwich Group

    Inspectors General are encountering speed bumps in their daily routines. Forty-seven IGs say they are having a hard time getting documents from their respective agencies in order to complete their work. Agencies include the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Now, the IGs are asking the Office of Management and Budget for help. Michael Bromwich is founder and managing principal of the Bromwich Group and an experienced federal troubleshooter. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to clarify the relationship between IGs and agencies.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Mike Hettinger, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Tech America

    The Defense Department's Industrial Policy Chief, Elana Broitman, stepped down in July, after only five months on the job. The departure comes as relations between industry and the Pentagon are somewhat strained. Mike Hettinger is the senior vice president for the public sector at Tech America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Broitman's departure means for contractors.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Tim Devaney, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

    The violence in Ferguson, Missouri, has drawn attention to many issues. One is whether local police departments have too many military-style weapons and other equipment originally intended for use on the battlefield. Now, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) plans to introduce a bill to limit what military equipment can be acquired by local police. Tim Devaney, staff writer for the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Director of Naval intelligence, Vice Adm. Ted Branch, is now in his ninth month on the job with no access to classified information. Last November the Navy announced that Branch was one of the officials they were investigating in the fraud and bribery scandal involving ship husbanding. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this story, which he covered in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

    Download

    Mon Aug 18th, 2014
    Terry Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting, LLC

    Making websites accessible to people with disabilities is a challenge all federal agencies face. But they've got to do it by law. Now the General Services Administration has been hit by a lawsuit. Three blind contractors say a crucial site, the System for Award Management (SAM), is not accessible to them. GSA wants the suit dismissed. Terry Weaver, former director of IT Accessibility at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the issues.

    Download

    Mon Aug 18th, 2014
    John Roth, Inspector General, Homeland Security Department

    Just before last year's sequestration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement let go hundreds of detainees. Officials believe they didn't have the money to house them, and they neglected to tell the Homeland Security Secretary or the President. The detainee release got out in the press. That led to a political fiasco. Did anything go right? John Roth, the DHS Inspector General, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Mon Aug 18th, 2014
    David Soo, Office of the Undersecretary, Education Department

    The Education Department begins a new round of what it calls experimental sites initiatives. The goal is to give students the opportunity to gain the skills they need for in-demand jobs. David Soo, senior policy adviser in the Office of the Undersecretary for Education, spoke with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the new initiative.

    Download

  • Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The General Services Administration wants to make it easier for agencies to buy professional, management, technology and a host of other kinds of services from the schedule contracts. To that end, GSA will consolidate seven different professional services contracts into what could end up being one mega-schedule. Tiffany Hixson, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how GSA is rethinking professional services contracting.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Navy is taking a strategic sourcing approach to the way it spends money on conferences. The service awards 17 blanket purchase agreements for conference planning, and in the near future, those BPAs might become the only authorized way to spend money on official meetings for the Navy and Marine Corps. Jamey Halke, Navy Department strategic sourcing program manager, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu. He explains the Navy's response to governmentwide pressure to reduce spending on conferences.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    One of a federal agency's acquistion strategies might disappear. A rewrite of the Federal Acquisition Regulation sets new requirements for blanket purchase agreements. The goal is to promote competition for new contracts. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the rewrite will have some unintended consequences for federal agencies.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Robert Budens, President, Patent Office Professional Association

    The telework controversy at the Patent and Trademark Office might not even be a telework problem to begin with. Poor management and misinformation might have caused it. That's according to Robert Budens, president of the Patent Office Professional Association. He explained his take on the issue on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Jessica Klement, Legislative Director, NARFE

    When Congress comes back to work after Labor Day, it will have to figure out how to fund the government to start off Fiscal Year 2015. Most people think it will be a continuing resolution. But they may wind up needing more than the 12 days they have scheduled now. Jessica Klement is Legislative Director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said getting a budget in place will take up a lot of Congress's time -- and may stretch that time to the limit.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Dr. Tom Murphy, Program Manager, Wounded Warrior Intern Program

    The Navy puts its wounded sailors back to work before they're even discharged from the hospital. The Wounded Warrior Intern Program takes wounded sailors interested in science and engineering careers and puts them to work at Naval Sea Systems Command. Dr. Tom Murphy is the program manager. He explained how the program works on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download

    Tue Aug 19th, 2014
    Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

    The 10-year anniversary of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 is next week. Agencies have spent the last 10 years pursuing ways to verify the identities of their employees. The Department of Health and Human Services is one of them, and the Inspector General's office at HHS has new research on how the agency is doing. Tom Salmon is assistant inspector general in the Office of Audit Services at the Department of Health and Human Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said this work may be new -- but the HHS IG has been reporting on HSPD-12 for a long time.

    Download