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1:50 am, July 29, 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.).

  • Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    New chairmen of Senate Committees and subcommittees could have a dramatic impact on your agency's oversight, and the demands Congress makes of your committee. And the potential flip of the Senate from Democratic to Republican control looks more and more likely. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog at RollCall.com. On In Depth with Francis Rose, David said the lineup of new chairs would have more experience than people think.

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    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues, GAO

    The National Technical Information Service is supposed to be a repository where federal agencies can find -- and buy -- new research publications. But lately the new research from NTIS isn't new, and 95 percent of it's available online for free. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. She testified about the agency's financial future before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. Valerie shared her conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Ben Fitzgerald, senior fellow, Center for a New American Security

    The cyber attacks on small federal agencies demonstrate the cyber domain is an ecosystem, and the federal government is one of many different cyber cultures. One expert says a map of the different cultures can help agencies prevent cyber attacks. Ben Fitzgerald is senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He explained that and other cybersecurity strategies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Robert Farley, assistant professor, UK Patterson School

    "Cut it some slack" is what Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall asks critics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Kendall made those comments Thursday at a ceremony marking the delivery of two F-35s to Australia. The F-35 isn't likely to go away soon, but the buzz about what would replace it may be getting a little louder. Robert Farley is assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He writes in The National Interest about five options for replacing the F-35. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that one choice is restarting the F-22 line.

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    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Kenneth Gillilland, Attorney, ARDEC

    If you want to wave a red flag to get contractors' hackles up, just say the words, "lowest-price, technically acceptable." It may not sound like best value, but in a world of tough budgets, that's the way agencies are going. How can the strategy work for both sides? Kenneth Gilliland, an attorney with the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center spoke to Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

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    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Jamie Sybert, Director, and David Kirschbaum, Principal, Baker Tilly

    Contracts are like marriages. Everyone enters into them optimistically and with the best intentions. But, they don't always work out. Sometimes an agency has to terminate a contract. Termination requires care, though. Jamie Sybert is a director, and David Kirschbaum is a principal at the accounting and contracts advisory firm Baker Tilly. They spoke with Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress. They've got advice for clean separations. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

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    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Erville Koehler, General Services Administration

    It may seem crazy, but it's possible to get would-be federal contractors to bid against each other to drive prices down* That's the idea behind reverse auctions. All you need is the right platform. The General Services Administration operates the Government-Managed Reverse Auction Platform. Tom Temin spoke to Erville Koehler, a federal acquisition service regional 4 commissioner at GSA, at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Mike Byrne, Former Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

    The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. This former Federal Communication Commission employee is being honored for helping the public and policymakers know their Internet, cable and TV options. As a geographic information officer with the FCC, Mike Byrne mapped out broadband availability across America, sometimes block by block. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his former role and how it led to his nomination.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Deidra Fair James, Millennium Challenge Corporation

    The government is about to sign the biggest deal in a year old program that President Barack Obama considers a foreign aid priority. It will invest nearly $500 million over five years in the power sector of Ghana. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is the agency investing the money. Deidra Fair James is the Ghana country director for the MCC. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the program will benefit Ghana.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

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    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

    Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

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    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

    The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

    Download

  • Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Kenneth Gillilland, Attorney, ARDEC

    If you want to wave a red flag to get contractors' hackles up, just say the words, "lowest-price, technically acceptable." It may not sound like best value, but in a world of tough budgets, that's the way agencies are going. How can the strategy work for both sides? Kenneth Gilliland, an attorney with the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center spoke to Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

    Download

    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Jamie Sybert, Director, and David Kirschbaum, Principal, Baker Tilly

    Contracts are like marriages. Everyone enters into them optimistically and with the best intentions. But, they don't always work out. Sometimes an agency has to terminate a contract. Termination requires care, though. Jamie Sybert is a director, and David Kirschbaum is a principal at the accounting and contracts advisory firm Baker Tilly. They spoke with Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress. They've got advice for clean separations. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

    Download

    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Erville Koehler, General Services Administration

    It may seem crazy, but it's possible to get would-be federal contractors to bid against each other to drive prices down* That's the idea behind reverse auctions. All you need is the right platform. The General Services Administration operates the Government-Managed Reverse Auction Platform. Tom Temin spoke to Erville Koehler, a federal acquisition service regional 4 commissioner at GSA, at the National Contract Management Association World Congress at National Harbor. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Mike Byrne, Former Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission

    The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio is speaking to the finalists. This former Federal Communication Commission employee is being honored for helping the public and policymakers know their Internet, cable and TV options. As a geographic information officer with the FCC, Mike Byrne mapped out broadband availability across America, sometimes block by block. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss his former role and how it led to his nomination.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Deidra Fair James, Millennium Challenge Corporation

    The government is about to sign the biggest deal in a year old program that President Barack Obama considers a foreign aid priority. It will invest nearly $500 million over five years in the power sector of Ghana. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is the agency investing the money. Deidra Fair James is the Ghana country director for the MCC. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the program will benefit Ghana.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth

    Is it government accountability or just picking on federal executives? Leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would argue it's the former. The panel has approved a bill to make it easier to fire or discipline members of the Senior Executive Service. Jenny Mattingley is director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth. She lobbies for the Senior Executives Association. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major provisions in the bill.

    Download

  • Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    New chairmen of Senate Committees and subcommittees could have a dramatic impact on your agency's oversight, and the demands Congress makes of your committee. And the potential flip of the Senate from Democratic to Republican control looks more and more likely. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog at RollCall.com. On In Depth with Francis Rose, David said the lineup of new chairs would have more experience than people think.

    Download

    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues, GAO

    The National Technical Information Service is supposed to be a repository where federal agencies can find -- and buy -- new research publications. But lately the new research from NTIS isn't new, and 95 percent of it's available online for free. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. She testified about the agency's financial future before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. Valerie shared her conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download

    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Ben Fitzgerald, senior fellow, Center for a New American Security

    The cyber attacks on small federal agencies demonstrate the cyber domain is an ecosystem, and the federal government is one of many different cyber cultures. One expert says a map of the different cultures can help agencies prevent cyber attacks. Ben Fitzgerald is senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He explained that and other cybersecurity strategies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

    Download

    Mon Jul 28th, 2014
    Robert Farley, assistant professor, UK Patterson School

    "Cut it some slack" is what Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall asks critics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Kendall made those comments Thursday at a ceremony marking the delivery of two F-35s to Australia. The F-35 isn't likely to go away soon, but the buzz about what would replace it may be getting a little louder. Robert Farley is assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He writes in The National Interest about five options for replacing the F-35. He said on In Depth with Francis Rose that one choice is restarting the F-22 line.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

    Download

    Fri Jul 25th, 2014
    Rep. Blake Farenthold, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    Congress heads toward summer recess next week. As they leave town, federal employee issues seem to be on their minds more than normal. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Census. He chaired a hearing last week on the future of the General Schedule. On In Depth with Francis Rose he has the details about the recent hearing.

    Download

    Thu Jul 24th, 2014
    Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

    The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

    Download