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8:19 am, August 30, 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.).

  • Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    One major factor behind the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog is that it generally takes a long time before the Defense Department sends its medical records to VA when a military member leaves the service. A new IT system DoD installed this year was supposed to solve that problem, but according to a new inspector general's report, things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's going on in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

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    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

    The Labor Department spends $2,600 a week on elevator posters for its D.C. headquarters. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says the agency spent more than $600,000 on posters since 2009. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he discussed an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on questionable spending at the Labor Department.

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    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office, forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new problems for the Office Supplies strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

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    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Michael Smallberg, Investigator, Project on Government Oversight

    A number of federal agencies are missing the mark on their treatment of whistleblowers, not publicizing their whistleblower ombudsmen or adequately telling employees about their whistleblower rights. That assessment is from the Project on Government Oversight. POGO reviewed the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act and how well 72 agencies are complying with it. Michael Smallberg, investigator for POGO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the review.

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    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

    School kids may be back on the yellow school buses, but Congress doesn't return for another week. When it does, it'll have a lot to do, such as pass a 2015 budget. The Office of Management and Budget says if Congress doesn't get its act together, the Defense and Energy departments face big budget cuts. Tom Temin talked about this with Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler on the Federal Drive.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

    It's open season for marketing and recruiting at your agency. The start of the fall semester means the federal government has access to new talent and a chance to build its brand at universities across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth. He says a terrific resource for your agency this semester is the Federal Student Ambassadors Program.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Pete Randazzo, Local 1690 Union President, NFFE

    One of the longest-running conflicts the Pentagon deals with is the fight over employee performance management. The National Security Personnel System only lasted a couple of years before Congress voted it out of existence. Now the Defense Department is taking another shot at employee performance management. Pete Randazzo is Local 1690 Union President for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Randazzo was co-lead for a Performance Management Design Team that offered recommendations to the Pentagon. He explained his team's work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

    Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

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    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third- party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

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    Wed Aug 27th, 2014
    Col. Margaret Yacovone, Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network

    While doctors continue to combat the spread of Ebola overseas, that's not the only concern to military medical personnel. The Military Health System reminds people of the importance of vaccinations and immunizations. Col. Margaret Yacovone, director of the Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network for the Army, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's mission.

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    Wed Aug 27th, 2014
    Duncan Amos, Quanatitive Analyst, Bloomberg Government

    The world of small business federal contractors is always changing. One reason is that companies enrolled in the 8(a) program eventually have to graduate. Graduating can be a great opportunity for companies losing their protected status. Duncan Amos, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

    Download

  • Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Michael Smallberg, Investigator, Project on Government Oversight

    A number of federal agencies are missing the mark on their treatment of whistleblowers, not publicizing their whistleblower ombudsmen or adequately telling employees about their whistleblower rights. That assessment is from the Project on Government Oversight. POGO reviewed the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act and how well 72 agencies are complying with it. Michael Smallberg, investigator for POGO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the review.

    Download

    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

    School kids may be back on the yellow school buses, but Congress doesn't return for another week. When it does, it'll have a lot to do, such as pass a 2015 budget. The Office of Management and Budget says if Congress doesn't get its act together, the Defense and Energy departments face big budget cuts. Tom Temin talked about this with Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler on the Federal Drive.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

    Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

    It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third- party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

    Download

    Wed Aug 27th, 2014
    Col. Margaret Yacovone, Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network

    While doctors continue to combat the spread of Ebola overseas, that's not the only concern to military medical personnel. The Military Health System reminds people of the importance of vaccinations and immunizations. Col. Margaret Yacovone, director of the Military Vaccine Agency-Vaccine Healthcare Centers Network for the Army, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the agency's mission.

    Download

    Wed Aug 27th, 2014
    Duncan Amos, Quanatitive Analyst, Bloomberg Government

    The world of small business federal contractors is always changing. One reason is that companies enrolled in the 8(a) program eventually have to graduate. Graduating can be a great opportunity for companies losing their protected status. Duncan Amos, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis.

    Download

  • Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    One major factor behind the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog is that it generally takes a long time before the Defense Department sends its medical records to VA when a military member leaves the service. A new IT system DoD installed this year was supposed to solve that problem, but according to a new inspector general's report, things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's going on in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

    Download

    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

    The Labor Department spends $2,600 a week on elevator posters for its D.C. headquarters. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says the agency spent more than $600,000 on posters since 2009. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he discussed an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on questionable spending at the Labor Department.

    Download

    Fri Aug 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office, forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new problems for the Office Supplies strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

    It's open season for marketing and recruiting at your agency. The start of the fall semester means the federal government has access to new talent and a chance to build its brand at universities across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth. He says a terrific resource for your agency this semester is the Federal Student Ambassadors Program.

    Download

    Thu Aug 28th, 2014
    Pete Randazzo, Local 1690 Union President, NFFE

    One of the longest-running conflicts the Pentagon deals with is the fight over employee performance management. The National Security Personnel System only lasted a couple of years before Congress voted it out of existence. Now the Defense Department is taking another shot at employee performance management. Pete Randazzo is Local 1690 Union President for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Randazzo was co-lead for a Performance Management Design Team that offered recommendations to the Pentagon. He explained his team's work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download