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3:12 pm, April 19, 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.).

Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:33pm EDT
Col. Andrew Mutter, Defense Media Activity, Gene Brink, DoD News

For the past decade, the Defense Department has operated its own 24/7 cable news channel. But as of today, what was once known as the Pentagon Channel has gone dark. Cost was one factor. But officials say they also decided they could do a better job of reaching their audience if they focused their resources on an all-online, on-demand and streaming video format. Col. Andrew Mutter is the deputy director of the Defense Media Activity, and Gene Brink is the director of DoD News, the new name for the cross-platform media operation. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they explained to guest host Jared Serbu why the Pentagon Channel was launched in the first place, and why they decided to ditch the broadcast format.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:13pm EDT
Jon Raedeke, Designer, Government Publishing Office

The new web site for the Commerce Department looks different than the old one, especially on mobile devices. But the new design gives Commerce lots of upgrades under the hood too. Jon Raedeke is a designer at the Government Publishing Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said Commerce didn't expect what they got when they first talked to GPO.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Mike Kruger, Director of Digital Engagement, Commerce Department

The General Services Administration's 18F and the U.S. Digital Service based at the Office of Management and Budget, are two of the first examples of the digital services teams agencies have to deploy by administration order. But digital services won't work the same, or do the same thing, at every agency. Mike Kruger is director of digital engagement at the Commerce Department. On with Francis Rose, he explained a couple things digital services are not.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:41am EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

There's already an annual list of the best places to work in the government. Now Congress wants to start keeping closer track of the worst ones too. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is inviting employees to share their concerns through an anonymous email tip line. That'll help the committee keep tabs on employee satisfaction. Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the new list.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:34am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agency managers have about a month to come up with new management goals for fiscal 2016 and 2017. As part of the Office of Management and Budget's annual goal-setting process, agencies are following a well-worn path. But this year that path also includes a bit of a twist. Lisa Danzig is the associate director for Personnel and Performance at OMB. She told executive editor Jason Miller about how the administration wants to ensure long-term focus on achieving its agency high-priority goals. As always, it starts with a memo.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:29am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

A study this week from the American Academy of Pediatrics found children cared for by the Military Health System are less likely to be up to date on their immunizations, even though they have universal health care coverage. One reason might be that military families are constantly moving. But Defense health officials dispute the findings. They say military kids actually have higher vaccination rates, while also acknowledging they don't have the records to prove it. Dr. Amy Costello is the chief of immunization health care operations at the Defense Health Agency. She talked with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu about why DoD thinks the study is flawed.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:13am EDT
Nate Lesser, Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the government and private industry to be on the same page when it comes to cybersecurity. The agency that issues hundreds of pages of cyber guidance for federal agencies also invited businesses from banks to restaurants to share best practices for public-facing web applications. Nate Lesser is the deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain with what they discussed, and where things go from here.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:10am EDT
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

A Republican congressman yesterday introduced draft legislation to take the air traffic control system private. It would split the FAA in half, privatize the operational part and hand it over to the employees. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), former chairman of the House Transportation Committee. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Mica admits this isn't his first attempt to change things.

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Friday - 04/17/2015, 09:06am EDT
Loren Duggan, Director of Legislative Analysis, Bloomberg

Perhaps you've noticed. Capitol Hill is buzzing. Congress seems poised to pass a major trade bill, and members are finding common ground on Medicare issues. But is Congress getting anything done with respect to cybersecurity, some major authorizations or the federal budget itself? Loren Duggan, the director of legislative analysis for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a preview of what's likely to come next.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 05:02pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is asking for comments on its Request for Proposal for the NS 2020 contract. The Coalition for Government Procurement was an early commenter. Roger Waldron is President of CGP. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the comments CGP made and why they made them.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:58pm EDT
Rob Silverman, President, American Foreign Service Association

The state of American diplomacy is in trouble, according to the American Academy of Diplomacy. The Academy says senior positions in the Foreign and Civil Services are moving away from career federal employees and towards political appointees instead. Rob Silverman is president of the American Foreign Service Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he described the shift and offered ideas for the future of the Foreign and Civil Services.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:42pm EDT
Steve Koprince, Co-Founder, Koprince Law

Two rulings from the Government Accountability Office sustain two protests by the same vendor against two different agencies. The common thread though is reverse auction provider FedBid. Steve Koprince is founder of Koprince Law. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the facts of the cases are a little unusual.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:16pm EDT
Jean Stack, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

This year's long-range strike bomber contract could reshape the defense industrial base, depending who wins the contract. But the mergers and acquisitions landscape may not shift only at the top level. Jean Stack is managing director at Houlihan Lokey. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she described the M&A landscapre for the federal business space.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:42am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM) is spreading to eight agencies, including some big ones. It's all the result of a big new contract award. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on where CDM is headed over the next year.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:39am EDT
Col. Joseph Dupont, Project Manager, Electronic Warfare, U.S. Army

The Army's electronic warfare capabilities have been an important tool during the war in Iraq. They've taken a big evolutionary step with the new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool. It's designed to give soldiers more options in dealing with improvised explosive devices, and it won't necessarily destroy local infrastructure when deployed. Col. Joseph Dupont, the Project Manager of the Electronic Warfare office, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the tool.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:33am EDT
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States

The Government Accountability Office's 2015 duplication report has produced the usual round of hearings and handwringing over how much the federal government wastes. This year's version even adds 12 new areas of waste to the list. Gene Dodaro is the GAO Comptroller General. After a full round of Congressional testimony, Dodaro joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give his personal take on the annual effort. He says that although the report is big, it doesn't unduly burden the GAO.

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Thursday - 04/16/2015, 09:31am EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

If a program manager asks a company to bid on a highly technical requirement, you want to be sure the winning contractor or its subs can actually do the work. If it uses consultants to win the work, you could have a problem. That's the gist of a recent protest case that ruled out consultants. Joe Petrillo is a procurement attorney at Petrillo and Powell in Washington. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on this case.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:10pm EDT
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for more than a $1 billion more than its original budget for a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The House Veterans Affairs Committee looked at the problems with the hospital, and other construction project problems at the VA, at a hearing today with officials from VA. Sen. Johnny Isakson (D-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he's about to start following the VA's construction problems very closely.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:05pm EDT
Bob Hale, Booz Allen Hamilton, Former Comptroller, DoD

The Senate votes 54-43 today to start budget negotiations with the House of Representatives to work out a compromise on a budget resolution. But the Appropriations committees and the committees of jurisdiction over the agencies still have a lot of work to do. A lot of that work will revolve around the defense budget. Bob Hale is former Under Secretary of Defense Comptroller, and now a Fellow at Booz Allen. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered a caution about jumping to conclusions about the budget.

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Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 09:58am EDT
Dr. Rob Smith, Vice President of C4ISR, Lockheed Martin

Tracking munitions is a costly and time-consuming process for military units. They can't afford to waste cartridges, missiles or grenades. Lockheed Martin has developed a new system that works around many of the challenges of tracking RFID tags remotely. It's called the Rubee Weapon Shot Counter, and it could potentially save the Defense Department millions. Dr. Rob Smith, the vice president of C4ISR Systems for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to dive deeper into the Rubee's uses.

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