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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 Dec 18th, 2014
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    In the latest flurry of bills, nominations, and budget plans, four things on Capitol Hill rise to the top of the need-to-know list, according to Larry Allen. He's President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what those four things are.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

    If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Dr. Terry Allard, Warfighter Performance Department, ONR

    The Office of Naval Research is reviewing its takeaways from the Warfighter Performance Focus Area Forum. They will use what they learned at that event to start the preparation for the Naval Future-Force Science and Technology Expo, here in D.C. in February. Dr. Terry Allard is head of ONR's Warfighter Performance Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he detailed what he took away from the forum the first week of November.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

    The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

    In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases — one in the federal sector and one in the private.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

    It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Bob Behn, senior lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    With about two years left in the Obama administration and a new President's Management Agenda, measuring that success becomes more critical. One way people do it is with Key Performance Indicators. Bob Behn is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of "PerformanceStat Potential." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said having too many key indicators may be worse than not having enough.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Kim Weaver, director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

    President Obama signs a bill that changes how new federal employees will save for retirement. Instead of having 3% of their pay go into the G Fund if they don't choose for themselves, the money will go into one of the TSP's lifecycle funds. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the TSP has been behind this idea for a long time.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

    The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

    Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a high risk list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

    Download

    Tue Dec 16th, 2014
    Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

    Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing- states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

    Download

    Tue Dec 16th, 2014
    John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

    The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 — from senior executives to civil service reform.

    Download

    Tue Dec 16th, 2014
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

    Government contracting can be a very useful tool for enhancing social and economic changes that Congress deems worthy. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." Sullivan has been exploring these myths on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Today Sullivan tackles the penultimate myth — number 9: Only the big guys succeed. That myth seems easy to debunk given the amount of small business contracting the federal government does ... but not everyone reads past the headline of the big awards.

    Download

  • Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Heidi Burakiewicz, Partner, Mehri & Skalet PLLC

    In the famous folk song, railroad worker Big Jim Goff is blown a mile into the air by a premature explosion. Come the next payday, he's a dollar short. The mean foreman informs him he was docked for the time he was up in the sky. That scenario is not so far-fetched. The same issues come up in modern workplaces, federal and private sector. Employment attorney Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner with Mehri and Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss two cases — one in the federal sector and one in the private.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Ann Marie Dougherty, Executive Director, Bob Woodruff Foundation

    It's a casualty that people generally don't like to talk about. But it's a real one — the toll that months at war can take on a service member's sexual health and intimate relationships. The Bob Woodruff Foundation just concluded a two-day event with the Johns Hopkins Military & Veterans Health Institute and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine to address these issues. Ann Marie Dogherty is executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the foundation's programs and progress.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Daniel R. Elliott III, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board

    The news from this year's "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" list is not that great. It shows federal employees' morale at the lowest point in the last 11 years. But it's not doom and gloom for every agency, and there are some encouraging signs. The Surface Transportation Board was number one among smaller agencies on this year's list. How did they do it? STB chairman Daniel R. Elliot III joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some insight.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Gene Aloise, Deputy Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

    Most of the troops are coming home, but that doesn't mean there isn't still work to do in Afghanistan. Every year, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) assembles a high risk list. It outlines which areas of the reconstruction effort are most vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. The list also helps the armed services focus their reconstruction efforts and correct problems. Deputy SIGAR Gene Aloise joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this year's findings and their implications.

    Download

    Tue Dec 16th, 2014
    Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

    Consider yourself someone who likes to pitch in and help others? If you do, you might find the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer producing- states and metro-areas interesting. Especially since Washington, D.C. makes a notable appearance this year. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss recruiting, as well as explain some of the most exciting changes and trends on this year's list.

    Download

    Tue Dec 16th, 2014
    John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

    The 114th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with some new faces yet to be voted in for important oversights roles such as chairman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what federal employees should expect in 2015 — from senior executives to civil service reform.

    Download

    Tue Dec 16th, 2014
    Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

    Government contracting can be a very useful tool for enhancing social and economic changes that Congress deems worthy. Contracting veteran Tim Sullivan has authored the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." Sullivan has been exploring these myths on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Today Sullivan tackles the penultimate myth — number 9: Only the big guys succeed. That myth seems easy to debunk given the amount of small business contracting the federal government does ... but not everyone reads past the headline of the big awards.

    Download

  • Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    In the latest flurry of bills, nominations, and budget plans, four things on Capitol Hill rise to the top of the need-to-know list, according to Larry Allen. He's President of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what those four things are.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    John Schaus, Senior Fellow, CSIS

    If the Senate confirms former deputy defense secretary Ash Carter to replace defense secretary Chuck Hagel, his agenda will include: A military conflict in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, and loud cries for defense acquisition reform. John Schaus is fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he proposed a specific agenda for Secretary Carter if he's confirmed.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Dr. Terry Allard, Warfighter Performance Department, ONR

    The Office of Naval Research is reviewing its takeaways from the Warfighter Performance Focus Area Forum. They will use what they learned at that event to start the preparation for the Naval Future-Force Science and Technology Expo, here in D.C. in February. Dr. Terry Allard is head of ONR's Warfighter Performance Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he detailed what he took away from the forum the first week of November.

    Download

    Thu Dec 18th, 2014
    Joe Brennan, Managing Director, JLL Government Investor Services

    The General Services Administration is signing short-term real estate leases before some of its contracts expire. The Washington Business Journal reports it helps GSA avoid paying higher prices to renew a deal after it runs out. But it also means GSA's locking itself into longer deals. That's a long-term problem, because the agency is supposed to be shrinking its real estate portfolio. Joe Brennan is managing director of JLL Government Investor Services Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his vision of the future for federal real estate.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Bob Behn, senior lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    With about two years left in the Obama administration and a new President's Management Agenda, measuring that success becomes more critical. One way people do it is with Key Performance Indicators. Bob Behn is a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of "PerformanceStat Potential." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said having too many key indicators may be worse than not having enough.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Steve Kelman, professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

    Budget pressure is pushing the "pay for results" concept to a tipping point. That's what Steve Kelman sees, at least. He's professor of public management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and former Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the pay for results idea has been growing for a while, but now it's taking off.

    Download

    Wed Dec 17th, 2014
    Kim Weaver, director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

    President Obama signs a bill that changes how new federal employees will save for retirement. Instead of having 3% of their pay go into the G Fund if they don't choose for themselves, the money will go into one of the TSP's lifecycle funds. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the TSP has been behind this idea for a long time.

    Download