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11:10 pm, September 2, 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.).

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Veterans will soon be able to pull up their medical records on their smartphones or tablet computers. The Veterans Affairs Department will launch several mobile applications in the coming months to further the use of telehealth at its facilities across the country. Dr. Neil Evans, co-director of Connected Health at the Veterans Health Administration, tells Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller about the new apps and the growing use of telehealth services across VA.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:57pm EDT
Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration is muscling contractors out of the federal marketplace. That's according to Roger Waldron -- he's President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Roger said GSA will use a string of new contracts for office supplies as a form of supplier suppression.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:51pm EDT
Dave McClure, Chief Strategist, Veris Group

A former technology leader at the General Services Administration has a new job in the private sector. Dave McClure served as GSA's associate administrator for the Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies for five years. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the next chapter in his professional career. Read the related article

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 04:40pm EDT
Greg Stanford, Federal Managers Association

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen expects his agency to have more staffing issues next year unless it can receive some financial support from Congress. During this year's tax season, almost half the people who called the IRS couldn't reach a live person. Greg Stanford, director of government affairs at the Federal Managers Association, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the agency's staffing problem is due to more than just a lack of money.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 03:03pm EDT
John Koskinen, Commissioner, IRS

John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has now seen every one of the 25 largest IRS offices outside of D.C. in person. He says he took the trips to personally see every office and meet with leadership,employees and union leaders. In an exclusive interview at IRS headquarters, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his observations of employee morale. Read the related article

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:34am 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's Executive Editor Jason Miller provided details to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive on more problems for the strategic sourcing program. Read Jason's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:24am EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Veterans Affairs Department has been making progress on its backlog of disability claims, but outdated technology keeps getting in the way. One bottleneck is the time it takes the VA to receive military medical records from the Defense Department. DoD installed a new system at the beginning of this year to solve that problem. But a look by the inspector general finds that things are as slow as ever. Federal News Radio's DOD Reporter Jared Serbu gives Emily Kopp the details on the Federal Drive. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:15am EDT
Megan Crandall, Spokesperson, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management wants to halt the practice of swinging from ropes at two popular Utah landmarks. Officials propose a two-year restriction on rope-swinging from the Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges near Moab. They've received complaints that the screaming swingers disturb other tourists. Megan Crandall, spokesperson for BLM in Utah, explained the proposed ban to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:06am EDT
Scott Wong, Senior Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

While most of Washington returns to the traditional fall schedule, Congress won't return for another week. When members do get back, they won't have much time to get any budget work done before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Senior Staff Writer for the Hill Newspaper Scott Wong spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what Congress is likely to do.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:58am EDT
Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Energy Department

The Energy Department is spending $67 million in research grants it hopes will lead to the nuclear technology of tomorrow. Research projects have been selected based on potential for big breakthroughs. Pete Lyons, assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Energy Department, broke down the numbers with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

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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. Read a related article.

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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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