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2:24 am, May 30, 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.).

  • Fri May 29th, 2015
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    Pentagon officials started warning Congress over two years ago that letting automatic budget cuts take place would cost money — not save it. A new report from the Government Accountability Office offers some evidence that they were right. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about it in this week's edition of Inside The Reporter's Notebook.

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    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    The answer to the age-old question — when's the best day to retire — depends on a lot of factors, and most of them are personal to you. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute for Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the question might not even be the right one for most people.

    Download

    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Dan Blair, President, NAPA

    Human capital management in government is a 25-year-old problem. Dan Blair, president of the National Academy of Public Administration and former deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a private sector company with a 40-year-old personnel system would go out of business today.

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    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Willie May, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    After a 40-year career with the agency, Willie May finds himself confirmed by the Senate as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He'd been serving as acting director for nearly a year. May discussed his plans for the agency with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

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    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Eugene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

    Since 2002, the Defense Department and FAA have been helping Afghanistan rebuild its civil aviation system. Despite its best efforts though, the FAA was unable to train enough air traffic controllers to let Afghanistan to operate on its own. The agency ran into multiple issues when trying to train new controllers. That's all according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Deputy IG Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on that report.

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    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Peter Morrison, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research, Navy

    Naval warfighters have new technology now to help it face a growing body of new threats. Peter Morrison and his team built the laser weapons system. It's faster to install and safer and cheaper to use than other missiles. The Navy says each laser costs less than a dollar a shot. Morrison, a program officer for the Navy Department's Office of Naval Research, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the laser is different than other weapons systems. View a photo gallery of all 2015 SAMMIES finalists.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

    Technology may not be the roadblock to the biggest cyber problems your agency has. The trouble may be in the acquisition shop. Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT Harvest and author of "Surviving Cyberwar." His new book, "There Will Be Cyber War," will be out this summer. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there is some good news in the cyber realm, but there's some bad news too.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    Uncertainty in the federal IT market is making industry planning harder. Some of the uncertainty is unavoidable until Congress passes agency funding bills. But some is fixable right away, according to Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about potential fixes for some of the uncertainty.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Alex Major, Associate, Sheppard Mullin

    Managing certain kinds of information will get easier for agencies. The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule that could have big implications for how contractors store and secure government information on systems contractors own. Alex Major, an associate in the government contracts, investigations and international trade practice for Sheppard Mullin, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a new era of cybersecurity regulations is coming fast.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    It was only a mile of fencing. The task order from the Army Corps of Engineers to Marcon Engineering looked straightforward: Build a section of barrier along the Mexican border. Then they started digging, and the project turned into a years- long legal battle. Eventually, a judge handed the government its head on a platter. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the facts and lessons learned from this case.

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    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

    The government's Freedom of Information Act request backlog grew for the second straight year — by a lot. But the annual FOIA report from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy shows that only a few agencies account for both the increase and the 200,000-case backlog. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report and how those agencies will dig themselves out of the hole they're in.

    Download

    Wed May 27th, 2015
    Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

    What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

    Download

    Wed May 27th, 2015
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month. Read Jason's related story.

    Download

    Tue May 26th, 2015
    Andrea Ippolito & Melissa Oliver, Veterans Affairs Department

    Imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone or even tie your shoes. It's an unfortunate reality for far too many veterans and civilians. VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies aims to help alleviate that. VA has invited designers and engineers to help find creative ways to solve these challenges. Andrea Ippolito is a presidential innovation fellow in VA's Office of Innovation; Melissa Oliver is an occupational therapist and assistive technology program coordinator. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Creation Series.

    Download

  • Fri May 29th, 2015
    Willie May, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    After a 40-year career with the agency, Willie May finds himself confirmed by the Senate as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He'd been serving as acting director for nearly a year. May discussed his plans for the agency with Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.

    Download

    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Eugene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

    Since 2002, the Defense Department and FAA have been helping Afghanistan rebuild its civil aviation system. Despite its best efforts though, the FAA was unable to train enough air traffic controllers to let Afghanistan to operate on its own. The agency ran into multiple issues when trying to train new controllers. That's all according to a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Deputy IG Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on that report.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    It was only a mile of fencing. The task order from the Army Corps of Engineers to Marcon Engineering looked straightforward: Build a section of barrier along the Mexican border. Then they started digging, and the project turned into a years- long legal battle. Eventually, a judge handed the government its head on a platter. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the facts and lessons learned from this case.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

    The government's Freedom of Information Act request backlog grew for the second straight year — by a lot. But the annual FOIA report from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy shows that only a few agencies account for both the increase and the 200,000-case backlog. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report and how those agencies will dig themselves out of the hole they're in.

    Download

    Wed May 27th, 2015
    Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

    What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

    Download

    Wed May 27th, 2015
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month. Read Jason's related story.

    Download

    Tue May 26th, 2015
    Andrea Ippolito & Melissa Oliver, Veterans Affairs Department

    Imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone or even tie your shoes. It's an unfortunate reality for far too many veterans and civilians. VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies aims to help alleviate that. VA has invited designers and engineers to help find creative ways to solve these challenges. Andrea Ippolito is a presidential innovation fellow in VA's Office of Innovation; Melissa Oliver is an occupational therapist and assistive technology program coordinator. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Creation Series.

    Download

  • Fri May 29th, 2015
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    Pentagon officials started warning Congress over two years ago that letting automatic budget cuts take place would cost money — not save it. A new report from the Government Accountability Office offers some evidence that they were right. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about it in this week's edition of Inside The Reporter's Notebook.

    Download

    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    The answer to the age-old question — when's the best day to retire — depends on a lot of factors, and most of them are personal to you. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute for Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the question might not even be the right one for most people.

    Download

    Fri May 29th, 2015
    Dan Blair, President, NAPA

    Human capital management in government is a 25-year-old problem. Dan Blair, president of the National Academy of Public Administration and former deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a private sector company with a 40-year-old personnel system would go out of business today.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Peter Morrison, Program Officer, Office of Naval Research, Navy

    Naval warfighters have new technology now to help it face a growing body of new threats. Peter Morrison and his team built the laser weapons system. It's faster to install and safer and cheaper to use than other missiles. The Navy says each laser costs less than a dollar a shot. Morrison, a program officer for the Navy Department's Office of Naval Research, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the laser is different than other weapons systems. View a photo gallery of all 2015 SAMMIES finalists.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Richard Stiennon, Founder, IT Harvest

    Technology may not be the roadblock to the biggest cyber problems your agency has. The trouble may be in the acquisition shop. Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst for IT Harvest and author of "Surviving Cyberwar." His new book, "There Will Be Cyber War," will be out this summer. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why there is some good news in the cyber realm, but there's some bad news too.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    Uncertainty in the federal IT market is making industry planning harder. Some of the uncertainty is unavoidable until Congress passes agency funding bills. But some is fixable right away, according to Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about potential fixes for some of the uncertainty.

    Download

    Thu May 28th, 2015
    Alex Major, Associate, Sheppard Mullin

    Managing certain kinds of information will get easier for agencies. The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule that could have big implications for how contractors store and secure government information on systems contractors own. Alex Major, an associate in the government contracts, investigations and international trade practice for Sheppard Mullin, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a new era of cybersecurity regulations is coming fast.

    Download