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4:29 am, January 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.).

  • Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

    The Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth, is raising objections about the alteration of a report from his office about Transportation Security Administration activities at John F Kennedy Airport. Brian Miller is managing director of Navigant, and former inspector general of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether or not it's common for agencies to change IG reports.

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    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder, Chertoff Group, Former Secretary, DHS

    A 10-point plan to protect the country from a looming terror threat is complete. The group Business Executives for National Security are behind the group, and former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is president of BENS and one of the movers behind the plan. Michael Chertoff is executive chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, and former secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He served as Vice Chairman of the Domestic Security effort. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he reviewed the 10 points.

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    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Jason Baron, Co-Chair, Information Governance Initiative, Drinker Biddle

    The next step in the evolution of records management may come from the non-profit sector. And the help will include some people who are pretty experienced with the federal government. Your agency doesn't have to meet its records management obligations by itself. The private sector and nonprofits want to help. Jason Baron is co- chair of the Information Governance Initiative, counsel for Drinker Biddle, and former director of litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some solutions for information governance.

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    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Ryan McCullough, Vice President for Federal, GovPlace

    Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says agencies need to boost their TQ to meet today's digital services demands. A TQ is like someone's IQ, but instead of an Intelligence Quotient, it's a Technical Quotient. Ryan McCullough is vice president and general manager for federal at GovPlace. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies can improve their IT performance, and for healthcare in particular.

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    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the Secret Service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

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    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

    The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

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    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Jim Russo, Network Services 2020, GSA

    Federal agencies are seeing an explosion in the use of satellite services. A lot of that growth is happening the defense and national security sectors, but it's not all happening there. Mary Davie, the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, writes about the explosion on her Great Government Through Technology blog. Jim Russo is the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Technical Lead at GSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the DoD connection is important in the satellite category.

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    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

    Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

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    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

    The Department of Defense is making another push for an electronic health record system. One factor is interoperability with the system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. EHRs, and a functional, interoperable system, may become a national security asset. Phil Carter is senior fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans & Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. He participated in a CNAS event called A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes. Dr. Karen Guice -- the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs -- was one of the speakers. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what his takeaways were from the event.

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    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

    If the recent Washington Metro tunnel fire showed anything, it's that emergency coordination down under is practically non-existent. Equally missing was interoperable radio communications — something the federal government has deemed essential for emergency response. Federal efforts to improve radio go back at least 20 years. Alan Tilles, chairman of the Telecommunications Department at the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the communications failure.

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    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Allison Wiley, Senior Research Analyst, MSPB

    Hiring in the federal government is supposed to be open, competitive and fair. But you get what you measure. The Merit System Protection Board recently released its annual Fair and Open Competition report. It's designed to ensure federal employees are hired based on their qualifications, not their connections. Allison Wiley is a senior research analyst at the board. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report's findings. One of the key ones, she said, is that fair and open competition is still the standard in the majority of government hires.

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    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

    Contrary to what you may have heard earlier in the week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been charged with desertion. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. He was returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange last May. Multiple media outlets reported desertion charges had been handed down or were impending. But the Army said no decision has been made. Brian Bouffard is a military defense attorney and former JAG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to speculate on what happens next.

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    Tue Jan 27th, 2015
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

    Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

    Download

    Tue Jan 27th, 2015
    Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

    The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees — and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

    Download

  • Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Cheri Cannon, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    Just two weeks ago, the acting head of the Secret Service removed four long-time executives. That brought the number of assistant directors sacked or demoted to six. The moves follow a series of embarrassing incidents of agent misconduct and ineptitude, culminating in the resignation of director Julia Pierson. How does an agency with such a proud history get into this situation? Cheri Cannon is a federal employment attorney with the law firm Tully Rinckey. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some insight.

    Download

    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Paul Bartley, Program Support Center Director, HHS

    The last several administrations have pushed federal agencies to share services they have in common. The idea is to cut redundancy and boost efficiency. Shared services have certainly been a priority for the Obama Office of Management and Budget. Some managers worry that shared services means they'll have to bring in more contractors. But in fact several departments offer a wide range of administrative services available for sharing. One of them is the Program Support Center at Health and Human Services. Paul Bartley is director of the Center. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the programs, and how to make them catch on.

    Download

    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

    If the recent Washington Metro tunnel fire showed anything, it's that emergency coordination down under is practically non-existent. Equally missing was interoperable radio communications — something the federal government has deemed essential for emergency response. Federal efforts to improve radio go back at least 20 years. Alan Tilles, chairman of the Telecommunications Department at the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy and Ecker, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the communications failure.

    Download

    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Allison Wiley, Senior Research Analyst, MSPB

    Hiring in the federal government is supposed to be open, competitive and fair. But you get what you measure. The Merit System Protection Board recently released its annual Fair and Open Competition report. It's designed to ensure federal employees are hired based on their qualifications, not their connections. Allison Wiley is a senior research analyst at the board. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the report's findings. One of the key ones, she said, is that fair and open competition is still the standard in the majority of government hires.

    Download

    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

    Contrary to what you may have heard earlier in the week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not been charged with desertion. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. He was returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange last May. Multiple media outlets reported desertion charges had been handed down or were impending. But the Army said no decision has been made. Brian Bouffard is a military defense attorney and former JAG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to speculate on what happens next.

    Download

    Tue Jan 27th, 2015
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

    Henry Ford once said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether he's 20 or 80." You can apply that to the world of contracting, where everything is part of a bigger picture. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." His fourth Commandment is "Thou shalt stay informed." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he said the more you know, the better protected you'll be.

    Download

    Tue Jan 27th, 2015
    Eric Bachman, Office of Special Counsel

    The Office of Special Counsel is helping Veterans Affairs employees bounce back after they've been punished for blowing the whistle. The office has obtained relief for 25 employees — and counting. OSC deputy special counsel for litigation and legal affairs, Eric Bachman, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain the operation.

    Download

  • Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Brian Miller, Managing Director, Navigant, Former IG, GSA

    The Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, John Roth, is raising objections about the alteration of a report from his office about Transportation Security Administration activities at John F Kennedy Airport. Brian Miller is managing director of Navigant, and former inspector general of the General Services Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether or not it's common for agencies to change IG reports.

    Download

    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder, Chertoff Group, Former Secretary, DHS

    A 10-point plan to protect the country from a looming terror threat is complete. The group Business Executives for National Security are behind the group, and former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz is president of BENS and one of the movers behind the plan. Michael Chertoff is executive chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group, and former secretary of the Homeland Security Department. He served as Vice Chairman of the Domestic Security effort. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he reviewed the 10 points.

    Download

    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Jason Baron, Co-Chair, Information Governance Initiative, Drinker Biddle

    The next step in the evolution of records management may come from the non-profit sector. And the help will include some people who are pretty experienced with the federal government. Your agency doesn't have to meet its records management obligations by itself. The private sector and nonprofits want to help. Jason Baron is co- chair of the Information Governance Initiative, counsel for Drinker Biddle, and former director of litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained some solutions for information governance.

    Download

    Thu Jan 29th, 2015
    Ryan McCullough, Vice President for Federal, GovPlace

    Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says agencies need to boost their TQ to meet today's digital services demands. A TQ is like someone's IQ, but instead of an Intelligence Quotient, it's a Technical Quotient. Ryan McCullough is vice president and general manager for federal at GovPlace. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how agencies can improve their IT performance, and for healthcare in particular.

    Download

    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Jim Russo, Network Services 2020, GSA

    Federal agencies are seeing an explosion in the use of satellite services. A lot of that growth is happening the defense and national security sectors, but it's not all happening there. Mary Davie, the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, writes about the explosion on her Great Government Through Technology blog. Jim Russo is the Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Technical Lead at GSA. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the DoD connection is important in the satellite category.

    Download

    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Committee

    Bonuses went to some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs who later got caught up in the wait time scandal, and other incidents at the agency. The congressman who sponsored the bill that makes it easier to fire SESers at VA wants to go after those bonuses now. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said seeing results from the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (the firing bill that President Barack Obama signed late last year) won't happen overnight.

    Download

    Wed Jan 28th, 2015
    Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

    The Department of Defense is making another push for an electronic health record system. One factor is interoperability with the system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. EHRs, and a functional, interoperable system, may become a national security asset. Phil Carter is senior fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans & Society Program at the Center for a New American Security. He participated in a CNAS event called A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes. Dr. Karen Guice -- the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs -- was one of the speakers. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what his takeaways were from the event.

    Download