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6:28 am, May 28, 2015

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.).

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:43pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

From the perspective of federal technology companies, there's a lot to like in this year's House and Senate defense authorization bills and not much to complain about. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, a leading industry group likes some of the acquisition reform provisions so much, it's urging that they be extended governmentwide.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:31pm EDT
Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says she wants the General Services Administration's 18F program and U.S. Digital Service to stick around once the Obama administration leaves. And a new hiring authority from the Office of Personnel Management means tech experts will soon join other agencies, like the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. Mark Forman, vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this could be a hard sell for the next administration.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:29pm EDT
Yvonne Jones, Director of Strategic Issues, GAO

Human capital management has stayed on the Government Accountability Office's High Risk List since 2001. But there are four main areas government hasn't tackled yet to solve its biggest human capital challenges. Yvonne Jones, director of strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management last week. She's tells In Depth with Francis Rose about government's progress on strategic human capital management over the last year.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27pm EDT
John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

Twenty-five agencies can now make special appointments to hire new digital services experts faster. The Office of Personnel Management says jobs are at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for up to two years. It's similar to the pilot program OPM launched for the General Services Administration's 18-F program and Office of Management and Budget's Digital Services office last year. On In Depth with Francis Rose, John Salamone, vice president of FMP Consulting and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, says the authority is better late than never.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:21pm EDT
Kathy Hutson and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos, NSA

The top of the agency is where the National Security Agency's strategy is for building the next generation of intelligence and intelligence personnel. Kathy Hutson is director of human resources and Dr. Nick Vasilopoulos is chief of personnel assessment research and development at the National Security Agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Hutson explains how the NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers is involved in planning the agency's human capital strategy.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:47am EDT
Erik Wasson, Reporter, Bloomberg Government

What will your agency's budget look like next year? The picture is a little clearer now that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed outlines for all 12 annual spending bills. Like its House counterpart though, the plan has increases for some programs and cuts for others. Still, Congress is a long way from passing and reconciling everything required for the government to get a fresh start come Oct. 1. Bloomberg Government reporter Erik Wasson joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review the Senate outline and speculate on what comes next.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 09:02am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department already faces more than 1 billion attempted cyber attacks a month. But as the complexity and volume of cyber threats increases across the government, VA's IT officials are starting to prepare for a worst case scenario. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on how VA hopes to keep its mission services going in the face of 2 billion or 3 billion attacks a month.

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Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:16am EDT
Faulty fan, smoke blamed in brief evacuation of US Capitol

Faulty kitchen exhaust fan, smoke, blamed in brief evacuation of US Capitol, visitor center

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:41pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Internal Revenue Service says it's notifying more than 100,000 taxpayers that their personal information was stolen from IRS data systems. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the data breach appears to have spanned about three months, and it appears to be the work of a highly-organized criminal syndicate.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:36pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Discretionary spending for civilian agencies dropped 7 percent next year over 2015 levels, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee. But the committee's Democrats aren't happy about that. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, writes the Hawkings Here blog. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose where Congress left some of its biggest appropriations negotiations before this week's recess.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Rory Schultz, Deputy CIO, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Cabinet-level agencies across government are developing their digital services strategies. Those teams will be innovation drivers throughout the Executive Branch. But eventually you'll have to do something with that innovation. Rory Schultz, deputy chief information officer at the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, talking about innovation is fine, but eventually it will be time to move.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:12pm EDT
Bob Tobias, Professor, American University

A Senate hearing last week on civil service reform drummed up little interest, and there was little movement toward any legislation. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said his subcommittee was in a "listening stage" now. Bob Tobias, professor within the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, said it shouldn't be so hard to gather members of Congress, the administration, agency and union leaders to talk about civil service reform. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose, government has done it already.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Ram Murthy, CIO, Railroad Retirement Board

The Railroad Retirement Board needs help upgrading its legacy systems. The agency has 200 major applications systems, with about 7 million lines of COBOL. The RRB is asking for $12 million through fiscal 2017 to modernize all of its applications and get rid of its legacy systems. Ram Murthy, chief information officer for the Railroad Retirement Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the first phase of the project.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:53am EDT
Andrea Ippolito & Melissa Oliver, Veterans Affairs Department

Imagine losing the ability to use everyday objects like your phone or even tie your shoes. It's an unfortunate reality for far too many veterans and civilians. VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies aims to help alleviate that. VA has invited designers and engineers to help find creative ways to solve these challenges. Andrea Ippolito is a presidential innovation fellow in VA's Office of Innovation; Melissa Oliver is an occupational therapist and assistive technology program coordinator. They joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Creation Series.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:46am EDT
John Fitzpatrick, Director, Information Security Oversight Office, National Archives and Records Administration

It'll soon be easier for agencies to manage the dissemination of controlled unclassified information (CUI). That's thanks to a new guide published by the National Archives and Records Administration's Information Security Office. John Fitzpatrick is the office's director. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what's in the guide.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:08am EDT
Duncan Amos, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Bloomberg Government has compiled a list of the top 200 federal contractors of the last fiscal year and found some surprising trends. First off, it learned the government spent 3.1% less on contracts in fiscal 2014 than in 2013, when it had to deal with sequestration. Duncan Amos is a quantitative analyst at Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the Federal Industry Leaders Study.

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Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 09:05am EDT
Carol Cha, Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues, GAO

The government spends about $1.2 billion a year on mobile devices and services. But the Government Accountability Office found many agencies aren't keeping good track of those devices, or the money it spends on them. Carol Cha is the director of IT acquisition management issues at GAO. She joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

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Monday - 05/25/2015, 02:31pm EDT
Nominee Roth says she'll keep good things going at GSA

Denise Turner Roth, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the General Services Administration says, if confirmed, she'll make sure recent reforms are woven into the agency's fabric.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 05:17pm EDT
Denise Turner Roth, Acting Administrator, GSA

Denise Turner Roth is the acting administrator of the General Services Administraton. President Obama proposes to make her the permanent administrator. In an exclusive interview, she tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her priorities for the agency if she's confirmed and how she and her team decided what those priorities should be.

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Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:53pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

Government addresses 37 percent of the 440 areas of overlap the Government Accountability Office identified in the last five years. And new editions of government waste books from Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggest agencies could spend less time on catfish inspections and bomb-sniffing elephants and more time on new technology and shared services. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive magazine, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about four ways to redesign the Executive Branch.

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