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10:16 pm, August 30, 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.).

Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

One major factor behind the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog is that it generally takes a long time before the Defense Department sends its medical records to VA when a military member leaves the service. A new IT system DoD installed this year was supposed to solve that problem, but according to a new inspector general's report, things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's going on in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The Labor Department spends $2,600 a week on elevator posters for its D.C. headquarters. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says the agency spent more than $600,000 on posters since 2009. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he discussed an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on questionable spending at the Labor Department.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 04:22pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Protests yet again are derailing the office suppliers strategic sourcing program. Unsuccessful bidders filed complaints with the Government Accountability Office, forcing the program to be suspended. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the new problems for the Office Supplies strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 09:46am EDT
Michael Smallberg, Investigator, Project on Government Oversight

A number of federal agencies are missing the mark on their treatment of whistleblowers, not publicizing their whistleblower ombudsmen or adequately telling employees about their whistleblower rights. That assessment is from the Project on Government Oversight. POGO reviewed the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Act and how well 72 agencies are complying with it. Michael Smallberg, investigator for POGO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the review.

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Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:38am EDT
Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

School kids may be back on the yellow school buses, but Congress doesn't return for another week. When it does, it'll have a lot to do, such as pass a 2015 budget. The Office of Management and Budget says if Congress doesn't get its act together, the Defense and Energy departments face big budget cuts. Tom Temin talked about this with Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler on the Federal Drive.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 05:22pm EDT
Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

ASBCA sounds like the people telling you to be nice to dogs. But the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals is all about military contracting, and what happens when it goes wrong. The Board has adopted some new rules to help streamline things and iron out ambiguities. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with the details.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:36pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has figured out a way not to cut off new offerors on its services schedules. Federal News Radio reported Wednesday that GSA's Federal Acquisition Service would suspend additions to the seven contracts for a short time while it gave the program a facelift. But now GSA says it has figured out a way to run both the current schedules and the new consolidated schedule at the same time. Tiffany Hixson, Federal Acquisition Service professional services category executive, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the details on GSA's new plans. Read Jason's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force expects tight budgets to continue for the forseeable future. It's seen cutbacks in its funding for base operations over the past two fiscal years. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the service wants to share services with the local communities that surround its bases as one way to offset the shortfalls. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

It's open season for marketing and recruiting at your agency. The start of the fall semester means the federal government has access to new talent and a chance to build its brand at universities across the country. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, spoke with Francis Rose on In Depth. He says a terrific resource for your agency this semester is the Federal Student Ambassadors Program.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Pete Randazzo, Local 1690 Union President, NFFE

One of the longest-running conflicts the Pentagon deals with is the fight over employee performance management. The National Security Personnel System only lasted a couple of years before Congress voted it out of existence. Now the Defense Department is taking another shot at employee performance management. Pete Randazzo is Local 1690 Union President for the National Federation of Federal Employees. Randazzo was co-lead for a Performance Management Design Team that offered recommendations to the Pentagon. He explained his team's work on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Thomas Boyatt, Former US Ambassador to Colombia

The State Department has five career tracks for its foreign service officers. The agency has online resources to make it easy for potential new employees to jump into one of those careers, but the biggest hurdle to finding new officers could be one the State Department can't control. Thomas Boyatt is former U.S. ambassador to Colombia. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the difficulty of recruiting new officers.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:00pm EDT
Tim Hoechst, Chief Technology Officer, Agilex

Two tech giants collaborating is usually a big deal. But it's an especially big deal when one of those giants is Apple and the other one is IBM. The goal of their partnership appears to be to get more IBM and Apple hardware into the hands of enterprise end users. Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer at Agilex, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he's a big evangelist for Apple in the enterprise.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:20am EDT
Col. Rob Romer, Chief of the Military Force Policy Division, Air Force

Reserve officers face a continuing dilemma. They often want to stay current enough to return to active duty if needed. Yet, they also need to pursue their other professional lives. Now the Air Force is adopting a program pioneered by the Navy and Marine Corps to let them do just that. Col. Rob Romer, chief of the military force policy division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new program.

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Thursday - 08/28/2014, 10:06am EDT
Tom Karygiannis, National Institute of Standards and Technology

It seems like the whole world is going mobile, and that includes the federal government. Agencies are using more and more apps for collaboration and productivity. But some apps increase the potential for exposing government data. To help you guard against these security risks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is providing tips to the federal community for vetting third-party apps. Computer Scientist, Tom Karygiannis, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the guidelines.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:33pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration will stop accepting new vendors on its services schedule in the coming months. The decision to temporarily close down seven schedule contracts for services to new companies is part of how GSA is giving its entire program a facelift. Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the steps needed to create a consolidated services schedule. Read Jason's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:32pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Government Accountability Office lists the Defense Department's supply chain management practices on its high risk list, as it has every year since 1990. GAO says DoD can't say for sure what it already owns, so it can't prove it's buying the right amount of goods. DoD has plans in place to fix that problem, but the Army thinks it has a way to speed things up. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details. Read Jared's related article.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:29pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Six different investigations into the Exempt Organizations group at the Internal Revenue Service. Commissioner John Koskinen says the end of those investigations will let him concentrate on rebuilding the perception of the agency in the eyes of Congress and citizens. That, in turn, will help boost the morale of the work force at the agency. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Koskinen said some of the investigations will wrap up soon.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:27pm EDT
Kathleen King, Director of Health Care Issues, GAO

Medicare contractors are trying too hard to reduce improper payments. The Government Accountability Office says they're doing too many compliance reviews on their own work. Kathleen King is Director of Health Care Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the extra effort to make sure the program runs smoothly is wasting time and money.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:21pm EDT
Ronald Walters, Acting Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, VA

Almost 125,000 veterans die every year. The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for laying them to rest with honor, and for that service the VA has the highest customer satisfaction rating of any organization -- public or private -- in the country. Ronald Walters is acting undersecretary for memorial affairs at the Veterans Affairs Department. He's a Service to America medal finalist in the Management Excellence category. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the VA is so successful in this arena. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

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Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:05pm EDT
Adm. James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO

United States operations in Iraq and Syria today put the U.S. in an unusual position. By fighting one opponent, the U.S. military is indirectly benefitting another nation it considers an adversary. That is one example of the fluidity of war fighting in the 21st century. Adm. James Stavridis is Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. He helped lead a task force on Creative Disruption for the Center for a New American Security. A paper on that task force looks at the disconnect between industry and DoD right now -- and on In Depth with Francis Rose, Admiral Stavridis said there are several answers.

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