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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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  • Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The DATA Act has already garnered more attention, more high level focus in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years. The big question is whether that focus and attention will last beyond this first year. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some experts believe the DATA Act is so different than other transparency laws.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Defense Department starts a new fiscal year Wednesday without a final budget in place, just like the rest of the government. But department leaders are working under the assumption that Congress will eventually reject up to $70 billion worth of proposals the department made to find cost savings in its 2015 budget. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    The Pentagon's chief information officer has a plan to save up to $20 billion in IT spending over the next five years. The CIO's office will try to consolidate databases from every single defense agency to get rid of data duplication. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a similar cost-saving strategy for federal contractors and agencies that have too many data reporting requirements built in their contracts.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Minority Whip, House

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of the government shutdown. This year that won't happen until at least Dec. 12, and most people on Capitol Hill (from both parties and both chambers) believe we won't see another shutdown for a long time. But Congress still has a way to go to get a deal done for the rest of fiscal 2015. On In Depth with Francis Rose, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he's not sure what to expect when Congress comes back after the election.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

    Even with Congress out of town, the clock is ticking to figure out a budget plan by Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out. Katie Maddocks is government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the CR is the biggest source of tension among her members.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

    President Barack Obama is going it alone for the time being. He's sending military resources to drop bombs and shoot missiles at the Islamic State line in Iraq and Syria. He's working largely without the counsel, much less consent, of Congress. Is there a big vacuum in Washington with Congress gone until after the mid-term elections? Or is there a streamlined operation without too much distraction? Justin Sink, White House correspondent for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Relmond Van Daniker, President, Association of Government Accountants

    A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four-page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    André Mendes, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

    When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from a building close by to one several blocks away, the BBG seized the opportunity. The agency countered with a plan to renovate the offices on the fourth floor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building. Phase one of the new open-office plan is almost complete and is changing the interior look of the 76-year-old building. André Mendes is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office. View related photo gallery .

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

    Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

    The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

    A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

    The Treasury Department's long-term vision for USASpending.gov is getting a boost by the DATA Act. President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act into law in May. Christina Ho is the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. In part 2 of their interview, she tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the DATA Act implementation effort dovetails into the USASpending.gov improvement plan. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

  • Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

    President Barack Obama is going it alone for the time being. He's sending military resources to drop bombs and shoot missiles at the Islamic State line in Iraq and Syria. He's working largely without the counsel, much less consent, of Congress. Is there a big vacuum in Washington with Congress gone until after the mid-term elections? Or is there a streamlined operation without too much distraction? Justin Sink, White House correspondent for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Relmond Van Daniker, President, Association of Government Accountants

    A long-time government financial management expert is calling it quits. Relmond Van Daniker retires as the president of the Association of Government Accountants today. During his 11-year tenure at AGA, Van Daniker helped the organization grow in membership and prominence. He also led an initiative to encourage government to create a four-page citizen-centric report, which offers taxpayers information to help them make better decisions within their communities. Van Daniker joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why he feels now is the perfect time to retire.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    André Mendes, Director of Global Operations, Broadcasting Board of Governors

    When the General Services Administration wanted to move about 60 Broadcasting Board of Governors employees from a building close by to one several blocks away, the BBG seized the opportunity. The agency countered with a plan to renovate the offices on the fourth floor of the Wilbur J. Cohen Building. Phase one of the new open-office plan is almost complete and is changing the interior look of the 76-year-old building. André Mendes is director of Global Operations at BBG. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how he settled into his new office. View related photo gallery .

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    T.J. Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

    Nearly every week, it seems like a local or national security event occurs requiring multiple agency response. A challenge for first responders has been communications among agencies. FirstNet, which bills itself as the first responder network authority, has the job of deploying and operating a nationwide public safety broadband network to help foster interoperable communications. T.J. Kennedy, acting general manager of the First Responder Network Authority, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a progress report.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Dafna Rand, Deputy Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security

    The Islamic State is a media savvy organization. Not only does it broadcast high profile executions, it uses social media to manipulate and recruit beyond borders. The State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications has been using the Islamic State's own videos to discourage would-be recruits since July. Dafna Rand is deputy director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security and a former State Department policy staff member. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual propaganda war.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Maj. Gen. David Thompson, Director of Plans and Policy, Strategic Command

    A space tracking website maintained by the Defense Department is getting a makeover. Space-track.org is a hub for organizations that conduct space operations to see where space debris may, or may not, be floating around endangering satellites. Maj. Gen. David Thompson is director of Plans and Policy for Strategic Command. He tells Tom Temin on the Federal Drive how many objects are currently on STRATCOM's radar.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Christina Ho, Data Transparency Director, Bureau of the Fiscal Service

    The Treasury Department's long-term vision for USASpending.gov is getting a boost by the DATA Act. President Barack Obama signed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act into law in May. Christina Ho is the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. In part 2 of their interview, she tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how the DATA Act implementation effort dovetails into the USASpending.gov improvement plan. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

  • Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The DATA Act has already garnered more attention, more high level focus in four months since it became law than previous federal transparency laws did in the last seven years. The big question is whether that focus and attention will last beyond this first year. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some experts believe the DATA Act is so different than other transparency laws.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

    The Defense Department starts a new fiscal year Wednesday without a final budget in place, just like the rest of the government. But department leaders are working under the assumption that Congress will eventually reject up to $70 billion worth of proposals the department made to find cost savings in its 2015 budget. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

    The Pentagon's chief information officer has a plan to save up to $20 billion in IT spending over the next five years. The CIO's office will try to consolidate databases from every single defense agency to get rid of data duplication. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a similar cost-saving strategy for federal contractors and agencies that have too many data reporting requirements built in their contracts.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Minority Whip, House

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of the government shutdown. This year that won't happen until at least Dec. 12, and most people on Capitol Hill (from both parties and both chambers) believe we won't see another shutdown for a long time. But Congress still has a way to go to get a deal done for the rest of fiscal 2015. On In Depth with Francis Rose, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said he's not sure what to expect when Congress comes back after the election.

    Download

    Tue Sep 30th, 2014
    Katie Maddocks, Federal Managers Association

    Even with Congress out of town, the clock is ticking to figure out a budget plan by Dec. 11. That's when the continuing resolution runs out. Katie Maddocks is government affairs representative of the Federal Managers Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the CR is the biggest source of tension among her members.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

    The latest scandal grabbing the Veterans Affairs Department could have come straight from Hollywood. It's a story of a senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators, retaliating against whistleblowers and misusing agency resources to promote reverse auction vendor FedBid. The VA inspector general detailed what happened over the last four years in an 82-page report issued Friday. Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller combed through that tale of intrigue on In Depth with Francis Rose. Read Jason's related article.

    Download

    Mon Sep 29th, 2014
    David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

    Most people expected Congress to completely leave Washington when both houses went into recess for the fall election. But two congressional committees will have at least a few members back in town this week. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and writes the Hawkings Here blog. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what they might be up to.

    Download