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2:26 am, October 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.).

  • Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplify Ventures

    Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

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    Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

    Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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    Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    Gene Aloise, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

    The Air Force spent nearly half a billion dollars on airplanes, only to turn them into scrap metal. Now, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is wondering why. The planes were Italian-made transports intended for use by the Afghan Air Force. But the Afghans couldn't maintain the planes and the program ended after they'd only flow for a few hours. Deputy Inspector General Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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    Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

    The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

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    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

    Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

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    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Commercial and government online identity theft forces the White House to give agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. President Barack Obama announces major changes to the security of government credit cards and other payment methods. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about those changes. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about you should expect starting in January. Read Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    The government's response to Ebola will get another look from Congress. But that look won't be for a while, and it won't be from a health oversight committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee will look at Ebola on Nov. 6, after the Congressional elections. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and hosts the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Congressional plan.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

    Customs and Border Protection is up to about $2.5 billion in spending on equipment to provide a firewall against materials terrorists could use to make weapons of mass destruction. They spend a lot less than that to make sure the equipment -- and the operators -- are doing the job. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how CBP can make the most out of its covert operations budget.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

    About one in four Presidential Management Fellows leave the program thinking that having a federal job was actually worse than they thought. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said research on data from Fellows leaving the program shows it's time for some updates.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

    Six airstrikes near Kobani in Syria are part of today's Operation Inherent Resolve action. The Defense Department says the military executed two more airstrikes near Fallujah in Iraq. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at American University, and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He writes in Foreign Policy magazine under the title "The Varnish of Vietnam." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the fight against the Islamic State isn't winnable.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

    Some of the Commerce Department's prime data will be easier for other agencies and the public to find, thanks to a collaboration with New York University. Their Governance Laboratory lists seven key areas for the agency to improve to make its data more valuable. Mark Doms is Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the partnership got started, how it will work, and who wins.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a former Federal Air Marshal turned whistleblower on Nov. 4. Robert MacLean was fired after he told the media about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to use fewer air marshals on long distance flights. This is the first case the Supreme Court will hear that directly involves a federal whistleblower. Matt Tully, founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    You might be a dog on the Internet, but nobody can tell for sure. Confidence in who people say they are online is vital to a cyber secure future for government and industry. People at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have been working on this problem within the Commerce Department for a couple of years now. Jeremy Grant is senior executive advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some recent progress.

    Download

    Fri Oct 17th, 2014
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Federal employees planning their retirement need to make a lot of decisions, including how to leave a surviving spouse in good financial shape after death. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, says its one of the most important questions you need to answer before retiring. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options.

    Download

  • Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplify Ventures

    Ebola is more than a nasty virus. It's a national security concern, a big data problem, a technology challenge and perhaps a business opportunity. Jonathan Aberman is founder and CEO of Amplifier Ventures. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the business and technology implications of Ebola.

    Download

    Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    J. David Cox, President, American Federation of Government Employees

    Some Homeland Security employees are worried about their exposure to the Ebola virus. Many of them work at the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection. A few U.S. airports are screening passengers for Ebola. CBP employees will perform most of the checks. The American Federation of Government Employees wants agency management to put the right precautions in place. AFGE President J. David Cox joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    Gene Aloise, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

    The Air Force spent nearly half a billion dollars on airplanes, only to turn them into scrap metal. Now, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction is wondering why. The planes were Italian-made transports intended for use by the Afghan Air Force. But the Afghans couldn't maintain the planes and the program ended after they'd only flow for a few hours. Deputy Inspector General Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Tue Oct 21st, 2014
    Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Affairs Department

    The Veterans Affairs Department has broken its own records in processing disability and pension claims. The agency made its way through 1.3 million claims in fiscal 2014. That surpasses 2013's record by 150,000. One result is that VA's disability claims backlog fell to its lowest number in four years. It's down 60 percent from the peak of March 2013. These numbers put VA on track to meet its 2015 goals. Allison Hickey is the undersecretary for benefits at the VA. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the agency was able to plow through so many cases.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP and Member, Public Contracting Institute

    Salesmen have an old saying, nothing happens until someone buys something. When the government buys something, all sorts of things can happen, good and bad. For the next 10 Tuesdays, we'll be bringing to life a blog series called 10 Myths of Government Contracting. The author, Tim Sullivan, is a 40-year contracting veteran from both sides of industry and government. Now he's a partner in the law firm Thompson Coburn. His blog gives insight to companies that contract with the federal government and those looking for new opportunities. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain the first myth: you should never lodge a protest.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Mathew Tully, Founding Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    The Supreme Court is set to hear the case of a former Federal Air Marshal turned whistleblower on Nov. 4. Robert MacLean was fired after he told the media about the Transportation Security Administration's decision to use fewer air marshals on long distance flights. This is the first case the Supreme Court will hear that directly involves a federal whistleblower. Matt Tully, founding partner of the law firm Tully Rinckey, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Jeremy Grant, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    You might be a dog on the Internet, but nobody can tell for sure. Confidence in who people say they are online is vital to a cyber secure future for government and industry. People at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace have been working on this problem within the Commerce Department for a couple of years now. Jeremy Grant is senior executive advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss some recent progress.

    Download

  • Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Commercial and government online identity theft forces the White House to give agencies a lead role in better protecting web transactions. President Barack Obama announces major changes to the security of government credit cards and other payment methods. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about those changes. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about you should expect starting in January. Read Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    The government's response to Ebola will get another look from Congress. But that look won't be for a while, and it won't be from a health oversight committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee will look at Ebola on Nov. 6, after the Congressional elections. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call and hosts the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the Congressional plan.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

    Customs and Border Protection is up to about $2.5 billion in spending on equipment to provide a firewall against materials terrorists could use to make weapons of mass destruction. They spend a lot less than that to make sure the equipment -- and the operators -- are doing the job. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how CBP can make the most out of its covert operations budget.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

    About one in four Presidential Management Fellows leave the program thinking that having a federal job was actually worse than they thought. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said research on data from Fellows leaving the program shows it's time for some updates.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Gordon Adams, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center

    Six airstrikes near Kobani in Syria are part of today's Operation Inherent Resolve action. The Defense Department says the military executed two more airstrikes near Fallujah in Iraq. Gordon Adams is Professor of International Relations at American University, and distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He writes in Foreign Policy magazine under the title "The Varnish of Vietnam." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the fight against the Islamic State isn't winnable.

    Download

    Mon Oct 20th, 2014
    Mark Doms, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Commerce Department

    Some of the Commerce Department's prime data will be easier for other agencies and the public to find, thanks to a collaboration with New York University. Their Governance Laboratory lists seven key areas for the agency to improve to make its data more valuable. Mark Doms is Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how the partnership got started, how it will work, and who wins.

    Download

    Fri Oct 17th, 2014
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Federal employees planning their retirement need to make a lot of decisions, including how to leave a surviving spouse in good financial shape after death. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, says its one of the most important questions you need to answer before retiring. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of your options.

    Download