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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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  • Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Rudy deLeon, Center for American Progress, Danielle Pletka, AEI

    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is looking for collaboration from the think tank community. He told Federal News Radio back in January that his House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces wants more input from groups of think tanks working together on issues of national defense and national security. At least one effort is delivering on Chairman Forbes's wish -- and was -- before he even expressed that wish. Danielle Pletka is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Rudy deLeon is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Deputy Secretary of Defense. Danielle tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why their effort isn't just a collaboration between AEI and CAP.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Lt. Col. Mark Reith, 690th Network Support Squadron, Air Force

    The newest edition of the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk is now active on the desktops of airmen all across the Air Force. Version 2.0 includes capabilities that will make users more self-reliant, which will save the Air Force money. Lt. Col. Mark Reith, commander of the 690th Network Support Squadron, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how airmen will find some new power when they click on the vESD icon on their desktops.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

    Civilian agencies could spend about 10 percent more on IT than what was originally predicted in the fiscal 2015 budget. IDC Government Insights says the budget for civilian agencies is set at $43.6 billion for this fiscal year. But IT spending will likely reach about $48 billion by the end of this summer. Shawn McCarthy, a research director for IDC Government Insights, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what he found.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

    If Congress passes the defense acquisition reform bill, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry this week, it won't be enought to fix the defense acqusition system. And he's the first to admit that. But the legislation does attempt to chip away at what Thornberry views as clear problems, including a lack of clear lines of authority, and too much paperwork. Beth McGrath, federal practice director of Deloitte and former deputy chief managment officer for the Defense Department, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what she thinks of the bill.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

    Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

    The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmdr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    David Bray, CIO, FCC

    You think you're facing cybersecurity threats now — just wait. Cyber threats coming at agencies will dramatically expand over the next five years as the amount of data and the use of mobile devices grow. It means agencies and contractors both need to think differently about cybersecurity. David Bray is the FCC's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about some potential ways to stay afloat in the rough cyber seas ahead. Read Jason's related story.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Ron Prater, Partner and Co-Founder, Corner Alliance

    Leaders at the National Institute of Health have a new BRAIN to leverage. The Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network is based in the cloud, and it's ready for other agencies to leverage. Ron Prater is partner and co-founder of the Corner Alliance, one of the co-developers of the program. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how BRAIN works.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

    When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

    If you're the target of discrimination and harassment, or the perpetrator of it, it rarely ends well. But sometimes it can lead to tragedy. In one case, a female Defense employee tried to commit suicide, claiming she was the object of discrimination and harassment. In another case, an accused supervisor succeeded in taking his own life while being investigated on sexual harassment charges. Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for navigating these difficult situations.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

    Download

    Wed Mar 25th, 2015
    Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

    The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

    Download

    Wed Mar 25th, 2015
    Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Patent and Trademark Office

    The first-ever Patent Quality Summit kicks off later today, hosted by the Patent and Trademark Office. Officials there hope it will be the first of many. The two-day event has attracted a who's-who of people interested in improving patent quality. Valencia Martin-Wallace, the PTO's deputy commissioner for patent quality, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the PTO is hoping to accomplish with this summit.

    Download

  • Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Matt Clemens, Security Solutions Architect, Arxan Technologies

    Pretty much everyone has a mobile device now. Lots of feds even carry more than one. And so the security of those devices and the apps on them have become increasingly important. How can you better secure those devices? And just what is the state of mobile security now? Matt Clemens, a security solutions architect at Arxan Technologies, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain. The short answer is there's a lot of work still to do.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Cmdr. David Ditallo, National Defense University

    The National Defense University offers a new course focusing on cyber intelligence. Cmdr. David Ditallo is teaching that course at NDU's Information Resources Management College. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more about the course, and what it entails.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    David Bray, CIO, FCC

    You think you're facing cybersecurity threats now — just wait. Cyber threats coming at agencies will dramatically expand over the next five years as the amount of data and the use of mobile devices grow. It means agencies and contractors both need to think differently about cybersecurity. David Bray is the FCC's chief information officer. He tells executive editor Jason Miller about some potential ways to stay afloat in the rough cyber seas ahead. Read Jason's related story.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    John Mahoney, Federal Employment Attorney

    If you're the target of discrimination and harassment, or the perpetrator of it, it rarely ends well. But sometimes it can lead to tragedy. In one case, a female Defense employee tried to commit suicide, claiming she was the object of discrimination and harassment. In another case, an accused supervisor succeeded in taking his own life while being investigated on sexual harassment charges. Federal employment attorney John Mahoney joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for navigating these difficult situations.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Brian Bouffard, Military Defense Counsel

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He's the soldier who wandered away from his unit in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years. Desertion can carry a death penalty, but the military hasn't executed anyone for 50 years. So what can we expect from Beghdahl's trial? Brian Bouffard, a former Navy JAG and now a military defense attorney, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

    Download

    Wed Mar 25th, 2015
    Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, Department of Commerce

    The Commerce Department recently hired its first ever chief data officer. The inaugural role went to Ian Kalin. He's a Navy veteran and came over from the private sector, having worked at Google and startups like Socrata. There, he helped modernize data and transparency programs. His first day on the job was Monday. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on his new position.

    Download

    Wed Mar 25th, 2015
    Valencia Martin-Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Patent and Trademark Office

    The first-ever Patent Quality Summit kicks off later today, hosted by the Patent and Trademark Office. Officials there hope it will be the first of many. The two-day event has attracted a who's-who of people interested in improving patent quality. Valencia Martin-Wallace, the PTO's deputy commissioner for patent quality, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on what the PTO is hoping to accomplish with this summit.

    Download

  • Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Rudy deLeon, Center for American Progress, Danielle Pletka, AEI

    Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is looking for collaboration from the think tank community. He told Federal News Radio back in January that his House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces wants more input from groups of think tanks working together on issues of national defense and national security. At least one effort is delivering on Chairman Forbes's wish -- and was -- before he even expressed that wish. Danielle Pletka is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Rudy deLeon is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Deputy Secretary of Defense. Danielle tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu why their effort isn't just a collaboration between AEI and CAP.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Lt. Col. Mark Reith, 690th Network Support Squadron, Air Force

    The newest edition of the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk is now active on the desktops of airmen all across the Air Force. Version 2.0 includes capabilities that will make users more self-reliant, which will save the Air Force money. Lt. Col. Mark Reith, commander of the 690th Network Support Squadron, tells In Depth with Francis Rose how airmen will find some new power when they click on the vESD icon on their desktops.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

    Civilian agencies could spend about 10 percent more on IT than what was originally predicted in the fiscal 2015 budget. IDC Government Insights says the budget for civilian agencies is set at $43.6 billion for this fiscal year. But IT spending will likely reach about $48 billion by the end of this summer. Shawn McCarthy, a research director for IDC Government Insights, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what he found.

    Download

    Fri Mar 27th, 2015
    Beth McGrath, Federal Practice Director, Deloitte

    If Congress passes the defense acquisition reform bill, introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry this week, it won't be enought to fix the defense acqusition system. And he's the first to admit that. But the legislation does attempt to chip away at what Thornberry views as clear problems, including a lack of clear lines of authority, and too much paperwork. Beth McGrath, federal practice director of Deloitte and former deputy chief managment officer for the Defense Department, tells In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu what she thinks of the bill.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

    The fifth generation of the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract at NASA releases some winners Thursday. Companies have been waiting for SEWP V for a long time now, so the release of the names is good news for the winners, and not so good news for the ones that aren't on the list. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells In Depth with Francis Rose we know so far about SEWP V.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Ron Prater, Partner and Co-Founder, Corner Alliance

    Leaders at the National Institute of Health have a new BRAIN to leverage. The Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network is based in the cloud, and it's ready for other agencies to leverage. Ron Prater is partner and co-founder of the Corner Alliance, one of the co-developers of the program. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how BRAIN works.

    Download

    Thu Mar 26th, 2015
    Bill Welch, Partner, McMahon, Welch and Learned

    When the Government Accountability Office rules in favor of a contract protest, it doesn't automatically mean the protester wins the contract. That happened in a recent case involving the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bill Welch, a partner at McMahon, Welch and Learned, tells In Depth with Francis Rose that's one of two important lessons federal agencies and contractors need to learn from this case.

    Download