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11:33 am, July 31, 2014

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.).

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:56am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

After spending $1 billion on a failed border security fence project, the Homeland Security Department restarted the project a couple of years ago. But it didn't get far. A $145 million award for seven new surveillance towers has been halted thanks to a successful protest. Raytheon filed the protest against the winning bidder, EFW, an affiliate of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit. The Government Accountability Office sustained the protest. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to sort out the case.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:52am EDT
Steve LaFountain, National Security Agency

This fall, five more schools will offer an intensive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education track to students who are serious about federal cybersecurity careers. These Centers of Academic Excellence are overseen jointly by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department. Schools have to pass a meticulous screening process to qualify for the program. Steve LaFountain is dean of the NSA's College of Cyber. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

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Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:47am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Does size matter when it comes to your cubicle? It's up for debate. Five of the largest agencies tell a House panel that they are trimming the total square footage per employee by at least 50 percent. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the shrinking federal office space. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:43pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Five of the largest agencies detail their plans to decrease the total square foot per employee by at least 50 percent. Those agencies give Congress a preview of the space cuts that are coming. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about your shrinking office space.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:37pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force's latest strategy document calls for a service that's more agile in just about everything it does. It also acknowledges it's likely to take a few decades to get there. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:23pm EDT
Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

The Thrift Savings Plan Board is checking up on the quality of the information you get when you call and ask the TSP for help. The July board meeting wasn't in Washington like it usually is; the board took a field trip this month. Kim Weaver, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the field trip was a learning experience.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:05pm EDT
Nick Nayak, Former Chief Procurement Officer, DHS

The Homeland Security Department's acquisition shop is in a far different place today than it was when Nick Nayak became the chief procurement officer in 2010. The acquisition team — and Nick himself — have won a number of recognitions for progress and excellence. Nick's last day at DHS was the first week of July. In this exit interview, Francis Rose asked him what he'd say to the contracting community about the future of acquisition on In Depth.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Gunter Waibel and Adam Metallo, Smithsonian Institution

Less than 1 percent of the artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution are on public display. But 3-D printing could help the agency send millions more artifacts to museums and schools around the world. Gunter Waibel is director of the Digitization Program Office, and Adam Metallo is 3-D Program Officer of the Smithsonian Institution. They're both Service to America medal finalists in the Citizen Services category, and explained their pioneering work on In Depth with Francis Rose. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:13pm EDT
Russell Rumbaugh, Senior Associate, Stimson Center

Air Force leadership rolls out a new strategic plan today. "America's Air Force: A Call to the Future" is a 30-year plan that focuses on four key points the Air Force believes will shape the future of air power. But their plan isn't entirely a new concept. Russell Rumbaugh is Director of Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, and Senior Associate, at the Stimson Center. Russell and his colleague Barry Blechman from Stimson wrote in Breaking Defense about a concept called Strategic Agility. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the connection between today's plan -- as introduced by Secretary James and General Welsh -- and the work he and Barry have done.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:18pm EDT
Lynn Dugle, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

The Army plans to say goodbye to more than 130,000 soldiers this year. To help troops move on with their lives the service is partnering with private employers who can provide job training. A new program will train some to enter the automotive industry. One of the partners is Raytheon. Lynn Dugle is president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:14pm EDT
Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

A partially trained workforce working within a nearly impossible system is not a recipe for success. But that's how things are when it comes to federal acquisition, according to the Professional Services Council. The industry group has sent Congress a long list of recommendations to make procurement faster and more competitive. Council President Stan Soloway joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the study got started.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:29pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is culling the IT schedule herd. Over the last year, GSA has canceled about 1,000 Schedule 70 contracts. Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller why GSA is undertaking this reduction effort and what benefits they see from it.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:18pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is hunting for ideas for its next round of reforms to the defense acquisition system. But from the perspective of one major industry group, almost everything that's wrong with acquisition can be fixed without new legislation. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:12pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

A chance to take your ideas straight to the top of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration is coming. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He's preparing for a face-to-face with Tom Sharpe, the Commissioner of the FAS. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger explained what the meeting will cover and what kind of input he's taking.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:10pm EDT
Sam LaGrone, News Editor, US Naval Institute

An uninvited guest crashes the world's largest international naval exercise. A Chinese spy ship is watching over the Rim of the Pacific exercise that runs until Friday. But the ship isn't breaking any navigation laws, so Chinese military experts say it's a non-issue. Sam LaGrone, news editor of the US Naval Institute, broke the news of the ship's presence outside RIMPAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains why it's not a huge surprise.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 05:07pm EDT
Janet Kopenhaver, Washington Representative, FEW

Career employees in the senior executive service are mostly men. The non-profit group Federally Employed Women says men make up more than two-thirds of SES employees. Janet Kopenhaver is Washington representative of FEW. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained how FEW's trying to rejuvenate a program that helps women join the SES.

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Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Linda Fisher Thornton, CEO, Leading in Context

Robert McDonald's confirmation as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs today may be the beginning of a new culture at the agency. Ethics is one aspect of that culture that Congress will be watching very closely. Linda Fisher Thornton is CEO of Leading in Context. She writes in Gov Exec about building an ethical culture in a Federal agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what's the same -- and what's different -- about building that culture in government as compared to the private sector.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:56pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

New chairmen of Senate Committees and subcommittees could have a dramatic impact on your agency's oversight, and the demands Congress makes of your committee. And the potential flip of the Senate from Democratic to Republican control looks more and more likely. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call and writes the Hawkings Here blog at RollCall.com. On In Depth with Francis Rose, David said the lineup of new chairs would have more experience than people think.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:53pm EDT
Valerie Melvin, Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues, GAO

The National Technical Information Service is supposed to be a repository where federal agencies can find -- and buy -- new research publications. But lately the new research from NTIS isn't new, and 95 percent of it's available online for free. Valerie Melvin is Director of Information Management and Technology Resources Issues at the Government Accountability Office. She testified about the agency's financial future before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. Valerie shared her conclusions on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 07/28/2014, 03:49pm EDT
Ben Fitzgerald, senior fellow, Center for a New American Security

The cyber attacks on small federal agencies demonstrate the cyber domain is an ecosystem, and the federal government is one of many different cyber cultures. One expert says a map of the different cultures can help agencies prevent cyber attacks. Ben Fitzgerald is senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He explained that and other cybersecurity strategies on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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