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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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  • Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    David Hawkings, senior editor, Roll Call

    Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Grassley's plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

    Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Tim McManus, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

    Potential new federal employees looking for the perfect job can read the data to help them find it. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one place they should start looking is at the annual Best Places to Work survey.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University

    A greater diplomatic presence in potential conflict spots will save the country from military action. That presence depends on growing the collaboration between the diplomatic community, the intelligence community, and the military community. Ryan Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and others. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said diplomats should be equal partners with their colleagues across government.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Matthew Asada, State Vice President, Foreign Service Association

    Federal linguists are finding themselves in a Catch-22 situation. They become experts in another culture and language by spending a lot of time living in another country. But spending a lot of time outside of the United States can make their security lives more difficult. Matthew Asada is State vice president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the obstacles a federal linguist faces when trying to advance a career.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

    It's fast times for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Secretary Julian Castro has established priorities for both internal operations and policy. Much of the execution falls to the new deputy secretary. Nani Coloretti was confirmed last month. She joined the Obama administration in the Treasury Department in 2009. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her new post and agenda.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Two congressional updates to the Federal Employee Retirement System are creating different groups of FERS employees. Those are on top of the separation between FERS employees and employees under the Civil Services Retirement System. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her expertise for the first wave of FERS employees to start retiring.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Perry Pederson, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Langner Group

    The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation's critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

    In Nina Olson's new report to Congress covering 2014, the National Taxpayer Advocate tells of a grim situation for the IRS. Service has eroded badly, oversight is poor and tax administration is being reshaped in negative ways by forces outside the agency's control. There's plenty of blame to go around. But the situation isn't hopeless. Olson joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the problems and possible solutions.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

    He's been the voice for the farmer when EPA regulations call for spilled milk to be treated like an oil spill. Advocacy is about relieving unnecessary burden for small businesses without losing sight of the goal of the regulation. Dr. Winslow Sargeant is chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Today is his last day on the job. Before leaving, he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review his time at the agency.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    Tom Simmons, Area Vice President, Public Sector, Citrix

    From law enforcement to population counting, the federal government is going mobile. Nearly every department has at least one mobile computing deployment going on. And that preference for BlackBerry is melting away fast. Tom Simmons, public sector vice president at Citrix, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer an overview of mobility trends in 2015.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

    Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    Dr. Donald Reago, Director, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, CERDEC, U.S. Army

    Army scientists and engineers are advancing sensors research in hopes of giving future soldiers enhanced situational awareness. Soldiers of 2025 and beyond may wear sensors to help detect and prevent threats like dehydration or elevated blood pressure. Dr. Donald Reago is the director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the possibilities.

    Download

  • Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary, HUD

    It's fast times for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Secretary Julian Castro has established priorities for both internal operations and policy. Much of the execution falls to the new deputy secretary. Nani Coloretti was confirmed last month. She joined the Obama administration in the Treasury Department in 2009. She spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about her new post and agenda.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

    In Nina Olson's new report to Congress covering 2014, the National Taxpayer Advocate tells of a grim situation for the IRS. Service has eroded badly, oversight is poor and tax administration is being reshaped in negative ways by forces outside the agency's control. There's plenty of blame to go around. But the situation isn't hopeless. Olson joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the problems and possible solutions.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Small Business Administration

    He's been the voice for the farmer when EPA regulations call for spilled milk to be treated like an oil spill. Advocacy is about relieving unnecessary burden for small businesses without losing sight of the goal of the regulation. Dr. Winslow Sargeant is chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Today is his last day on the job. Before leaving, he joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to review his time at the agency.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    Tom Simmons, Area Vice President, Public Sector, Citrix

    From law enforcement to population counting, the federal government is going mobile. Nearly every department has at least one mobile computing deployment going on. And that preference for BlackBerry is melting away fast. Tom Simmons, public sector vice president at Citrix, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer an overview of mobility trends in 2015.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security

    Eight years after unmanned aircraft became a part of border security, the effectiveness of the program remains a question mark. A new Homeland Security inspector general audit reveals, Customs and Border Protection never developed performance measures. Investigators found aircraft don't meet flight goals. And, CBP has way undercalculated flight costs. John Roth is the Inspector General at Homeland Security. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and the future of the drone program.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

    A protest by a California man, who claimed his entry in a Federal Trade Commission contest wasn't properly evaluated, was dismissed by the Government Accountability Office in 2013. However, the protester, David Frankel, followed up by suing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In this week's Legal Loop segment, procurement attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this new ruling further.

    Download

    Thu Jan 22nd, 2015
    Dr. Donald Reago, Director, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, CERDEC, U.S. Army

    Army scientists and engineers are advancing sensors research in hopes of giving future soldiers enhanced situational awareness. Soldiers of 2025 and beyond may wear sensors to help detect and prevent threats like dehydration or elevated blood pressure. Dr. Donald Reago is the director of the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the possibilities.

    Download

  • Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    David Hawkings, senior editor, Roll Call

    Increased oversight will be a top priority for new Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). He said oversight can change the federal government faster than legislation. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described Grassley's plan for the Judiciary committee, and what other chairs might have in store for the agencies they oversee.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Armed Services Committee

    Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees are setting their hearing agendas for the 114th Congress. Both have new leaders, but many of the problems they'll deal with have been around for a long time. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces says carrying momentum into future Congresses could be one of the most important achievements of this Congress.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Tim McManus, Vice President, Partnership for Public Service

    Potential new federal employees looking for the perfect job can read the data to help them find it. Tim McManus is vice president for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said one place they should start looking is at the annual Best Places to Work survey.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University

    A greater diplomatic presence in potential conflict spots will save the country from military action. That presence depends on growing the collaboration between the diplomatic community, the intelligence community, and the military community. Ryan Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and others. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said diplomats should be equal partners with their colleagues across government.

    Download

    Mon Jan 26th, 2015
    Matthew Asada, State Vice President, Foreign Service Association

    Federal linguists are finding themselves in a Catch-22 situation. They become experts in another culture and language by spending a lot of time living in another country. But spending a lot of time outside of the United States can make their security lives more difficult. Matthew Asada is State vice president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the obstacles a federal linguist faces when trying to advance a career.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

    Two congressional updates to the Federal Employee Retirement System are creating different groups of FERS employees. Those are on top of the separation between FERS employees and employees under the Civil Services Retirement System. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared her expertise for the first wave of FERS employees to start retiring.

    Download

    Fri Jan 23rd, 2015
    Perry Pederson, Co-Founder & Managing Principal, Langner Group

    The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation's critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.

    Download