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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.).

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  • Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, OITS, GSA

    Better information will lead to better buying. That's the premise behind new efforts from the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. Tom Sharpe (the head of FAS) and other GSA leaders detailed those efforts at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg this week. Mary Davie is Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she detailed the information you can get, and how it will help with buying decisions.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

    Your car, your medical device and even your toaster are among the facets of life that are quickly becoming Internet-based. This is why the Homeland Security Department is already working on cybersecurity for these and many other devices. Doug Maughn, director of Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller. In part one of their interview, Maughn says the latest broad agency announcement from DHS is shaping its future cyber research and development efforts.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    When the Department of Veterans Affairs finally started transitioning its claims process from paper to digital two years ago, not everything worked perfectly. The Veterans Benefits Management System was prone to crashes and didn't exactly get a warm embrace from its users. But VBMS has matured a bit since then. In the fourth quarter of 2014, it had zero unplanned downtime, and VA is just about to process its one million claims in an entirely-paperless format. Dawn Bontempo, director of Veterans Benefits Management System, talked about the progress with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    The MythBusters concept for federal contracting reform is almost four years old. In February 2011, Dan Gordon, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said it would help solve a culture of miscommunication between agencies and the contracting industry. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Coalition's using the MythBusters concept to celebrate their 35th Anniversary Celebration.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Demetra Nightingale, Chief Evaluation Officer, Labor Department

    A group of more than 700 federal experts gets a new infusion of talent. The National Academy of Public Administration is celebrating a new class of NAPA fellows. The fellows guide the evolution of federal management policy. One of those is Demetra Nightingale, the chief evaluation officer of the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the lessons learned in government that can apply to the work with NAPA. View a photo gallery of all 2014 NAPA Fellows

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Lou Kerestesy, CEO and Founder, Gov Innovators

    NASA begins an official investigation into what caused the supply rocket explosion in Virginia yesterday. It's an expensive setback for the agency's strategy to rely more on contractors -- and contractor-led innovation -- to meet its mission. Lou Kerestesy is founder and CEO of GovInnovators. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing hidden opportunities to find innovation inside their own organizations.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services

    America's national security mission must adapt to the increasing complexity of threats. That means guarding against traditional risks and innovating to anticipate emerging ones. Technology can help, but it can be difficult to navigate the IT solutions amid shrinking budgets and a flood of data. Mark Testoni is president and CEO of SAP National Security Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with advice on improving the mission as well as the business of national security.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Larry Youngner, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    The Office of Special Counsel recently found the Army had discriminated against transgender civilian employee Tamara Lusardi. Lusardi, a quality assurance specialist, faced what OSC described as "frequent" and "pervasive" harassment on a daily basis. The Army didn't admit to prohibited personnel practices, but it did agree to start diversity and sensitivity training. Larry Youngner is a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the implications of the case.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Greg Godbout, Executive Director, 18F Program, GSA

    The General Services Administration's 18F innovation lab is moving out of the start-up phase and into the small business stage. Part of the growth of 18F comes from looking at common roadblocks in government a little differently. Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's 18F, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how 18F is growing its staff and beginning to impact federal procurement.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Col. Lee Ackiss, Marine Corps

    Life in the military just got a little easier, at least for Marines planning to muster out. The Marine Corps has rolled out new a website where Marines use their military training to earn equivalent civilian certifications that could potentially lead to civilian jobs. The site is called "COOL." Colonel Lee Ackiss is the Personal and Professional Development Deputy Branch Head for the Marine and Family Programs Division. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the new site intends to do.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Robert Bohn, Cloud Technical Program Manager, NIST

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its final version of the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. It incorporates more than 200 comments from government and industry, and it's intended to support the government's adoption of cloud computing. Bob Bohn is the Cloud Technical Program Manager at NIST. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the roadmap.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Charles Bolden, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    NASA has a lot going on these days, and not just the investigation into Tuesday evening's explosion of a privately-operated rocket at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA has received high marks for employee satisfaction, and it's also moving ahead with plans to end U.S. reliance on Russia. NASA chose contractors Boeing and Space-X to transport astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The Tuesday crash involved a rocket made and operated by Orbital Sciences, which is not involved in astronaut transport. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp, Administrator Charles Bolden spoke about new rockets and why they're special.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

    The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. View a photo gallery of the federal NAPA fellows

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

    All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

    Download

  • Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Mark Testoni, President and CEO, SAP National Security Services

    America's national security mission must adapt to the increasing complexity of threats. That means guarding against traditional risks and innovating to anticipate emerging ones. Technology can help, but it can be difficult to navigate the IT solutions amid shrinking budgets and a flood of data. Mark Testoni is president and CEO of SAP National Security Services. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with advice on improving the mission as well as the business of national security.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Larry Youngner, Partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

    The Office of Special Counsel recently found the Army had discriminated against transgender civilian employee Tamara Lusardi. Lusardi, a quality assurance specialist, faced what OSC described as "frequent" and "pervasive" harassment on a daily basis. The Army didn't admit to prohibited personnel practices, but it did agree to start diversity and sensitivity training. Larry Youngner is a partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the implications of the case.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Col. Lee Ackiss, Marine Corps

    Life in the military just got a little easier, at least for Marines planning to muster out. The Marine Corps has rolled out new a website where Marines use their military training to earn equivalent civilian certifications that could potentially lead to civilian jobs. The site is called "COOL." Colonel Lee Ackiss is the Personal and Professional Development Deputy Branch Head for the Marine and Family Programs Division. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the new site intends to do.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Robert Bohn, Cloud Technical Program Manager, NIST

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released its final version of the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap. It incorporates more than 200 comments from government and industry, and it's intended to support the government's adoption of cloud computing. Bob Bohn is the Cloud Technical Program Manager at NIST. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the roadmap.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Charles Bolden, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    NASA has a lot going on these days, and not just the investigation into Tuesday evening's explosion of a privately-operated rocket at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia. NASA has received high marks for employee satisfaction, and it's also moving ahead with plans to end U.S. reliance on Russia. NASA chose contractors Boeing and Space-X to transport astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The Tuesday crash involved a rocket made and operated by Orbital Sciences, which is not involved in astronaut transport. In an interview with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp, Administrator Charles Bolden spoke about new rockets and why they're special.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Mike Espy, Former Secretary of the Agriculture Department

    The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows. They'll take on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government, and reporting to Congress. Newly elected fellow Mike Espy is the former Secretary of the Agriculture Department, and now a county attorney in Mississippi. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive. View a photo gallery of the federal NAPA fellows

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Marcia Smith, Editor, Space Policy Online

    All eyes are on NASA after the Antares Rocket exploded at the Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday evening. No one was injured in the blast, but an investigation into the explosion is being launched. Marcia Smith is Editor of Space Policy Online. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what the explosion means for NASA's mission going forward.

    Download

  • Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, OITS, GSA

    Better information will lead to better buying. That's the premise behind new efforts from the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration. Tom Sharpe (the head of FAS) and other GSA leaders detailed those efforts at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg this week. Mary Davie is Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at the Federal Acquisition Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she detailed the information you can get, and how it will help with buying decisions.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Doug Maughn, Science and Technology Directorate, DHS

    Your car, your medical device and even your toaster are among the facets of life that are quickly becoming Internet-based. This is why the Homeland Security Department is already working on cybersecurity for these and many other devices. Doug Maughn, director of Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate's Cybersecurity Division, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller. In part one of their interview, Maughn says the latest broad agency announcement from DHS is shaping its future cyber research and development efforts.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    When the Department of Veterans Affairs finally started transitioning its claims process from paper to digital two years ago, not everything worked perfectly. The Veterans Benefits Management System was prone to crashes and didn't exactly get a warm embrace from its users. But VBMS has matured a bit since then. In the fourth quarter of 2014, it had zero unplanned downtime, and VA is just about to process its one million claims in an entirely-paperless format. Dawn Bontempo, director of Veterans Benefits Management System, talked about the progress with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    The MythBusters concept for federal contracting reform is almost four years old. In February 2011, Dan Gordon, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said it would help solve a culture of miscommunication between agencies and the contracting industry. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the Coalition's using the MythBusters concept to celebrate their 35th Anniversary Celebration.

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Demetra Nightingale, Chief Evaluation Officer, Labor Department

    A group of more than 700 federal experts gets a new infusion of talent. The National Academy of Public Administration is celebrating a new class of NAPA fellows. The fellows guide the evolution of federal management policy. One of those is Demetra Nightingale, the chief evaluation officer of the Labor Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained the lessons learned in government that can apply to the work with NAPA. View a photo gallery of all 2014 NAPA Fellows

    Download

    Thu Oct 30th, 2014
    Lou Kerestesy, CEO and Founder, Gov Innovators

    NASA begins an official investigation into what caused the supply rocket explosion in Virginia yesterday. It's an expensive setback for the agency's strategy to rely more on contractors -- and contractor-led innovation -- to meet its mission. Lou Kerestesy is founder and CEO of GovInnovators. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said agencies are missing hidden opportunities to find innovation inside their own organizations.

    Download

    Wed Oct 29th, 2014
    Greg Godbout, Executive Director, 18F Program, GSA

    The General Services Administration's 18F innovation lab is moving out of the start-up phase and into the small business stage. Part of the growth of 18F comes from looking at common roadblocks in government a little differently. Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's 18F, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how 18F is growing its staff and beginning to impact federal procurement.

    Download