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8:27 am, September 23, 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.).

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:28pm EDT
David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

President Barack Obama's signature makes the continuing resolution through Dec. 11 official. And the leaders of the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate are already at work on a spending plan for the rest of fiscal 2015. David Hawkings is Senior Editor at Roll Call, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the committee's work on the omnibus bill.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:24pm EDT
Dave Maurer, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is out of sync with the General Services Administration and their plan to consolidate DHS headquarters. Poor planning is causing cost overruns and delays, and the construction project still has another 12 years to go. David Maurer is Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency about the progress on the $4.5 billion project, and shared his insight on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel's decision last week to move out of the federal chief information officer's position and into a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development caught most people by surprise. But after spending more than three years as the federal CIO, many experts surmise VanRoekel's decision was as much about stepping into a new role fighting the Ebola virus as it was that he probably needed a change. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his bi-weekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason tells In Depth with Francis Rose what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:16pm EDT
Colleen Kelley, President, National Treasury Employees Union

A continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 now has President Barack Obama's signature. It prevents a full government shutdown from kicking in on Oct. 1, but it doesn't do much else for federal employees. Colleen Kelley is president of the National Treasury Employees Union. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she analyzed the impact of the CR for her members.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:11pm EDT
Charles Tiefer, Law Professor, University of Baltimore

A contracting loophole denies small businesses the chance to land subcontracting opportunities with the Defense Department. The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program removes the requirement for prime DoD contractors to report their small business subcontracting plans. That leaves them without an incentive to meet their small business goals. Charles Tiefer is a law professor and contracting expert from the University of Baltimore. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said it's time to end the 25-year old test program.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:49am EDT
Greg Wilshusen, Government Accountability Office

Open enrollment for health care insurance through the federal exchange is coming around again. Congress, among others, is wondering if the exchange and its website HealthCare.gov are secure. The Government Accountability Office took a look. It found some issues. Greg Wilshusen is the information security issues at GAO. He testified last week about what auditors say need to be done. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 09:28am EDT
Reginald France, Health and Human Services Department Office of Inspector General, Miami Regional Office

Each year, fake Medicare claims filed by medical equipment suppliers, home health care agencies and pharmacies bill the federal government out of billions of dollars. Florida is considered ground zero for health care fraud. One reason is a big portion of its residents are over the age of 65. Reginald France is an assistant special agent in charge at the Health and Human Services Department's Inspector General office in Miami. He and his team led Medicare fraud investigations resulting in nearly 700 convictions in South Florida. For their work, team members are winners of the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal in this year's Service to America Medals. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss his role in the investigations.

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Monday - 09/22/2014, 06:27am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Steve VanRoekel has decided to move out of the federal chief information officer's position. He'll be taking a more operational role for the U.S. Agency for International Development. That decision caught most people by surprise. Some who know him think VanRoekel was attracted to the challenge of fighting the Ebola virus. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about VanRoekel's legacy in his biweekly feature Inside the Reporter's Notebook. Jason joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what some are saying about Steve VanRoekel's impact on federal technology.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:16pm EDT
Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

A new program debuts on Federal News Radio. We're introducing you to the people behind some of the most important, difficult and complex work in the federal government. Emily Kopp hosts the debut program of "Federal Voices." She tells In Depth with Francis Rose what she's covering.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:14pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department unveiled the latest version of its Better Buying Power initiative Friday. It shifts its emphasis toward the need to drive more advanced technologies into the products DoD buys. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:11pm EDT
Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The deadline is coming quickly for you if you're planning to retire this year. The first step is to figure out what you need to turn into the Office of Personnel Management. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a list of steps you need to follow if you want to retire before the end of the year.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:09pm EDT
Michael McKeown, FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit

The FBI will channel more people and resources into its Pittsburgh office. It's a reward for the cybersecurity team that's credited for catching five Chinese military leaders stealing trade secrets, and a Russian-based cyber crime ring that stole about $100 million from banks around the world. Michael McKeown is supervisory special agent for the Associate Division Counsel, part of the FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit based in Pittsburgh. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the cybersecurity effort that earned the extra resources.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:25am EDT
Carlton Hadden, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal agencies are too quick to dismiss employee discrimination charges, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC reversed a third of all cases dismissed by agencies between 2008 and 2012 without investigations or hearings. The agency received more than 1,500 dismissal appeals in fiscal 2012, and remanded nearly 700 back to agencies. Carlton Hadden is director of the Office of Federal Operations for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what federal managers can do to avoid having decisions overturned.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:23am EDT
Jordan Sims, Organization Relations & Programs, Project Management Institute

Modernizing the Defense Department acquisition system is a tall order. Sequestration has put extra strain on the process. Pentagon officials and even contractors say improvements in requirements management could help. Jordan Sims is the director of Organization Relations and Programs at the Project Management Institute. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his prescription for fostering the skills and relationships needed to boost the acquisitions system.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

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Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:24am EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close real and potential holes in the HealthCare.gov website. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised House lawmakers the site would be improved when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on CMS' plans and some lawmakers' concerns over the security of HealthCare.gov.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:34pm EDT
Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years after intelligence community leaders agreed it was time to consolidate their IT systems into a shared infrastructure, the project has moved from a planning and piloting phase. IC officials say they're well on their way toward implementation. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:29pm EDT
Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Hiring a million more federal employees is one solution to the "doing more with less" problem. Former Bush administration official John DiIulio proposed that in the Washington Post recently. He argues more employees overseeing the performance and spending of government projects will lead to cost savings and less bureaucracy. Jeff Neal is Senior Vice President of ICF International and former Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the size of the federal government is really just a matter of perspective.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:23pm EDT
Richard Spires, CEO, Resilient Network Systems

The Air Force might be on a path to insolvency because of its weapons contracts, so it's reinventing its approach to focus more on strategic sourcing. Your agency could probably use some reinvention of its own, especially in the case of large IT contracts. That's according to Richard Spires -- he's CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the right relationship an IT contractor needs to have with your agency's contract program office.

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Thursday - 09/18/2014, 04:15pm EDT
Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have until Nov. 15 to close existing and potential holes in HealthCare.gov. Marilyn Tavenner, the CMS administrator, promises members of the House the site will be more secure when open enrollment begins. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose about CMS's plans and some concerns in Congress over the security of HealthCare.gov.

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