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FEDTalk is produced by Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., bringing you the insider's perspective from leaders in the federal community since 1993.

Episode Date
Understanding your Thrift Savings Plan
Join host Tony Vergnetti and Michael Livingston from the Livingston Financial Group to hear about important financial planning strategies for all federal employees to consider. They will talk about your Thrift Savings Plan Contributions, Fund Choices, Investment Basics, and Withdraw Options. They will also discuss the upcoming changes to the TSP from the TSP modernization act that was signed in December 2017.
Aug 03, 2018
We Need Space: Federal Partnerships In Space Exploration
Tune in to the July 20th FedTalk to hear about the changing face of federal space exploration and research, including the increased reliance on public/private partnerships with academia and private organizations such as Boeing and SpaceX.
Jul 20, 2018
Summit the Supercomputer and the Future of Federal Technology
Tune in to the June 15th FedTalk to hear about what’s in store for federal technology for the coming year, including developments on expanded use of artificial intelligence, extended reality, and the unveiling by the Department of Energy of Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.
Jun 15, 2018
Improving Federal Data to Improve the Federal Government
Tune in to the June 1st FedTalk as host Debra Roth speaks to three organizations leading the effort to improve the federal government’s operations by improving the data on which it relies.
Jun 01, 2018
Catch up with the US Digital Service
Hear about the latest initiatives from the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) and dCode, including a new digital initiative at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Joining host Ben Carnes will be Megan Vorland, Director of Programs at dCode, and Nicholas Holtz from the Digital Service’s Veterans Affairs team.
May 18, 2018
Checking in with Long Term Care and FEEA
Tune in this week to learn why long term care insurance is a crucial part of your retirement planning. And did you know FEEA’s Annual Public Service Charity Walk/Run is right around the corner? Get all the race details and sign up before it’s too late!
May 04, 2018
Get outside for National Park Week
Joining host Julie Perkins of Shaw Bransford & Roth is Sara Newman, DrPH, MCP, an active duty commissioned corps officer in the United States Public Health Service currently assigned to the National Park Service serving as the Director of the NPS Office of Public Health (OPH). Sara is the principal advisor to the NPS Director and executive leadership for public health protection, disease prevention and health promotion decisions impacting the health of more than 300 million visitors to more than 400 parks nationwide.
Apr 20, 2018
The White House’s tech & science agenda
Host Ben Carnes of Shaw Bransford and Roth will delve into the Trump Administration’s tech and science agenda with guests Carten Cordell, a Senior Technology Reporter at FedScoop, as well as Derek B. Johnson, a reporter at FCW. The panel will also highlight examples of the federal government’s attempts to implement emerging technologies, like blockchain.
Apr 06, 2018
Dissecting the President’s management agenda
With the Trump Administration releasing the Presidents Management Agenda this week, we’ve assembled a panel of experts to discuss key components of the agenda this Friday.
Mar 23, 2018
Women's History Month and the Suffrage Movement
Tune in this week for our special Women’s History Month show to learn about some of the greatest female contributions to history, culture, and society.
Mar 09, 2018
Presidents Day lessons from the greats
Tune in this week for a special FEDtalk in honor of Presidents Day.
Feb 23, 2018
Forging ahead with federal leaders
On this week’s FEDtalk, host Ben Carnes will be joined by Senior Executives Association (SEA) President Bill Valdez and Federal Times’ Jessie Bur to discuss current challenges (as well as current opportunities) facing federal leaders.
Feb 09, 2018
The delicate budget balancing act
Host Ben Carnes of Shaw Bransford & Roth is joined by a panel of budget experts to discuss the current federal funding landscape, how we got here, and if there is any hope for a better future.
Jan 26, 2018
2018 according to federal manager associations
Host Ben Carnes will be joined by management associations representing federal employees - including the Professional Managers Association (PMA) and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) - who will discuss the ongoing federal reorganization, what managers within the federal government are experiencing 'on the ground,' and what challenges the organizations must prepare for in 2018.
Jan 12, 2018
This Week On FEDtalk: 2017 In Review
Tune in this week for a panel discussion year in review with top federal government reporters. December 1, 2017
Dec 01, 2017
This week on FEDtalk: Gov goes modern
News coverage is consistently filled with reports of the latest purported government "scandal" or failure. While these issues may often deserve attention, they frequently drown out examples of government done well.
Nov 17, 2017
What you need to know about Open Season and CFC
This week on FEDtalk, we are helping visitors prepare for Open Season by giving them an inside look at the Virtual Benefits Fair with Long Term Care's Joan Melanson.
Nov 03, 2017
Doing More With Less
This week on FEDtalk, we are discussing the dwindling capacity of members and their staffs to effectively do their jobs as responsibilities increase.
Oct 20, 2017
Prepare for Open Season
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a look at the Open Season Virtual Benefits Fair, plus hear from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association about their best FEHB offerings during Open Season. October 6, 2017
Oct 06, 2017
We the Podcast People
This week on FEDtalk, we are excited to host two prominent figures in the world of podcasting, both of whom have started new projects focusing on the U.S. Constitution.
Sep 22, 2017
Labor Policy and Agency Re-org
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on labor policy, budget negotiations, and agency re-organization. September 8, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
This week on FEDtalk: Running late for (presidential) appointments
Tune in to FedTalk this week for a discussion on the presidential appointment process, including the history of presidential appointments, and the possible risks associated with a historically slow rate of appointments, as well as a spate of acting appointments on which the clock is running out.
Aug 04, 2017
A national dialogue with Arlington National Cemetery
In about 25 years, Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) will run out of space as an active cemetery to honor our Nation's veterans. Therefore, changes to either eligibility criteria and/or expansion of the cemetery's geographic footprint are required, and that's where the American people come in.
Jul 21, 2017
Enhancements & Whistleblower Programs
Tune in this week for a special show on whistleblower programs with the Justice Department's Deputy IG, a Deputy Counsel at Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, and the Office of Special Counsel's Chief of Investigation and Prosecution.
Jun 16, 2017
Preview the EEOC Executive Leadership training
Tune in this week for a preview of the EEOC Executive Leadership training where you can gain the highest quality leadership training through unforgettable experiential learning on the Gettysburg Battlefield Leadership Tour.
Jun 09, 2017
Supplemental insurance options for feds
May 19, 2017
This Week On FEDtalk: Inside NCIS
Tune in this week to get an exclusive inside look at NCIS and its latest investigations from Deputy Director, Sam Worth, and Drew Lochli, the assistant special agent in charge of the NCIS Cyber department. May 5, 2017
May 05, 2017
Plan your summer in the National Parks
Apr 21, 2017
This week on FEDtalk: Design and the federal government
Tune in to FEDtalk this Friday to learn about the many roles of designers in the federal government. April 7, 2017
Apr 07, 2017
Data accessibility: Your data distilled
Learn how federal agencies are using data visualization techniques to better educate the public on what they are doing and to improve government transparency. March 24, 2017
Mar 24, 2017
Fact-checking in the era of fake news
Fake news has everyone from professors to journalists taking up arms to combat this phenomenon of presenting false information as fact online. March 10, 2017
Mar 10, 2017
FLEOA 2017 priorities
Tune in to FEDtalk this Friday for an update from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association on their 2017 priorities. February 24,2017
Feb 24, 2017
Untold stories of the American presidents
Tune in to this special President's Day edition of FEDtalk to learn all about the most interesting presidential stories you've never heard. February 10,2017
Feb 10, 2017
Government budget and personnel reform
With a new administration taking the reins, FEDtalk invites local experts in for a discussion on government reform. January 27, 2017
Jan 27, 2017
New Beginnings for a New Year
At the dawn of a new year, celebrate new beginnings with FEDtalk this Friday. January 13, 2017
Jan 13, 2017
Succeeding in Leadership in the Federal Government
Tune into FEDtalk this week for a discussion on the latest presidential transition books to hit the shelves. December 16, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
FEDtalk - Dec. 16, 2016
Today's guests were Ira Goldstein, author of the Federal Manager Playbook and Bill Valdez, new president of the Senior Executive Association. Host was Nicky Cannon.
Dec 16, 2016
Succeeding in Leadership in the Federal Government
Tune into FEDtalk this week for a discussion on the latest presidential transition books to hit the shelves. December 16, 2016
Dec 16, 2016
Open Season Resources
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for an inside look at the Open Season Virtual Benefits Fair and insight from Blue Cross Blue Shield. December 2, 2016
Dec 02, 2016
Get Your Finances in Order for the New Year
Tune in this week for an end-of-year financial check-in and get your finances in order for the new year. November 18, 2016
Nov 18, 2016
Showcasing Federal Veterans Programs in Honor of Veterans Day
In honor of Veterans Day, this week's FEDtalk will showcase various programs offered by the federal government for veterans transitioning back into civilian life.
November 4, 2016
Nov 04, 2016
How ICE HEROs Rescue & Protect Exploited Children
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a look into the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative program and its efforts in rescuing and protecting exploited children. October 21, 2016
Oct 21, 2016
Upcoming Events & Legislative Initiatives For Federal Law Enforcement
Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a preview of NLEOMF's upcoming charity race, Run for the Badge, and an update on what FLEOA's current initiatives.
October 7, 2016
Oct 07, 2016
Long Term Care Rate Increase, WAEPA Life Options
Learn from life insurance experts as they talk about the recent rate increase and options for federal life insurance open season!
September 23, 2016
Sep 23, 2016
FEDtalk: Prepping for the Presidential Transition
Tune in to learn what the career workforce and political apparatus are doing to prepare for the 2017 Presidential transition!
September 9, 2016
Sep 09, 2016
FEDtalk: Prepping for the Presidential Transition
Tune in to learn what the career workforce and political apparatus are doing to prepare for the 2017 Presidential transition!
September 9,2016
Sep 09, 2016
FEDtalk: Professional Development for Senior Leaders
Aug 05, 2016
FEDTalk: A congressional vision for the future
Discussion centers on Congress' accomplishments during their most recent session, what still needs to be addressed, and predictions for their next session.
July 22, 2016
Jul 25, 2016
FedTalk: Bringing in the Next Generation of Feds
Tune in to learn about why millennials make up less than seven percent of federal employees!
Jun 17, 2016
FedTalk: A focus on federal law enforcement
Tune in to get the latest updates about federal law enforcement!
June 3, 2016
Jun 03, 2016
May 20, 2016
May 20, 2016
This Week On FEDtalk: Police Week 2016
To celebrate Police Week 2016, FEDtalk is hosting Craig Floyd, CEO of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), and Pat Montuore, founder and CEO of the Police Unity Tour. The gentlemen will give a preview of the planned events for Police Week, including the Annual LawRide and the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil.
May 6, 2016
May 09, 2016
Recognizing Public Servants During Public Service Recognition Week 2016
Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week with members of the Public Employees Roundtable!
Apr 22, 2016
FedTalk Celebrating The National Park Service Centennial
Help the National Park Service celebrate its 100th birthday in 2016! Although it's birthday is officially August 25, centennial events run all year long.

Tune in this week to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with park experts who will highlight how the park service is kicking off a second century of recreation, conservation, and historic preservation.
Apr 08, 2016
Government Performance – What are we Measuring?
The Performance Institute will host its 2016 Government Performance Summit in Washington, DC on May 16-18, 2016.
Mar 18, 2016
Improving Design Standards Across Government
With the introduction of the U.S. Web Design Standards and similar initiatives, federal agencies are putting a greater emphasis than ever on creating the best digital versions of themselves.
Mar 04, 2016
Legislative Proposals On Whistleblowers And Inspectors General
Tom Devine and Jeff Neal join host, Debra Roth, to discuss the intersection between whistleblowers and Inspectors General.
Feb 19, 2016
Developing and Engaging the Workforce with FMA
Tune in to FEDtalk this week as host Julie Perkins of Shaw Bransford & Roth talks to FMA's Executive Director, Todd Wells, FMA's Government & Public Affairs Director, Greg Stanford, and FMA's Government Affairs Deputy Director, Katie Maddocks.
Feb 05, 2016
The Veterans’ Employment And Training Service
Jason Briefel talks to the VETS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Teresa W. Gerton, and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Associate Administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development, Barb Carson.
Jan 22, 2016
Roundtable on 2016 Predictions
Host Jason Briefel will be joined by a panel of guests representing federal employee organizations, including National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Legislative Director Jessica Klement and Deputy Legislative Director John Hatton, and Professional Managers Association (PMA) Washington Representative Nikki Cannon, who will join the program to discuss their predictions for 2016 and provide a look-back on 2015.
Jan 08, 2016
Roundtable with agency communications professionals
Host Jason Briefel will be joined by Jason Townsend, NASA Deputy Manager for Social Media, Danielle Brigida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Social Media Manager, and Justin Herman, U.S. Federal SocialGov lead, GSA's Office of Citizen Services + Innovative Technologies / 18F to discuss how their agencies and the government is evolving in this area, as well as sharing best practices for other agencies to consider.
Dec 18, 2015
Federal Insurance Expert Demystifies Open Season
Tune in to FEDTalk this week for Open Season tips from Walton Francis, insurance expert and author of the Consumers' CHECKBOOK Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees.
Dec 04, 2015
This Week On FEDtalk: Carefully Planning Retirement & Health Costs
It's never too early to research and plan your retirement-including the possibility of a need for long term care. This week, we're giving you the insider tips on retiring like a pro, plus why you should consider adding long term care to your benefits package.
Nov 20, 2015
What Benefits Will You Need In Retirement?
Take control of your long term care benefits this Open Season. Learn about their "virtual benefits fair," why it's never too early to sign up for long term care, and what packages Long Term Care Partners provides. At the virtual benefits fair, you can easily find the information you need to review plan information, contact individual carrier representatives, and make decisions about your Federal benefits. Sign up to attend on November 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.
Nov 06, 2015
Reporter Roundtable Discusses Hot Workforce Topics - October 23, 2015
Who better to provide insight into big issues facing the workforce other than those covering it? Tune in this week to FEDtalk for a roundtable discussion with reporters covering the federal beat.
Oct 23, 2015
GPRA Modernization Act And Organizational Performance - October 9, 2015
Tune in this week to learn how the performance appraisal process is used to evaluate individual job performance connected to overall agency performance, and if it's actually working.
Oct 09, 2015
Supplemental Insurance Benefit Options For Feds - September 25, 2015
Tune in to "FEDtalk" September 25th, on the eve of Open Season, for a discussion on the supplemental insurance plan options available only to federal employees.
Sep 25, 2015
Preview The Ride & Run To Remember, And Examine The Rise of Officer Assaults - Sept. 11, 2015
Tune in this week to learn about efforts to legally protect law enforcement officers from ever-increasing assaults and attacks from the national president of Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). Then, get the inside scoop on the annual Ride and Run to Remember from Steve Groeninger at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. September 11, 2015
Sep 11, 2015
Rediscover our area's national parks - Aug. 7, 2015
Tune in to FEDtalk this week to discover the many offerings of the region's national parks from the park representatives themselves. Summer is wrapping up, but there's still time for a day trip to Harpers Ferry, an afternoon in the sun at Anacostia Park, or a visit to one of Rock Creek Park's numerous events.

Host Jason Briefel of Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C. will be joined in-studio by Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, ?spokesperson & media relations at National Park Service, Lee Snook, the chief of interpretation, education and outreach at Rock Creek Park, and Samantha Zurbuch, the ?volunteer program manager at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Aug 07, 2015
Legislative roundtable - July 10, 2015
Host Jason Briefel of Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C. is joined in-studio by Greg Stanford, director of Government & Public Affairs for the Federal Managers Association (FMA), and Alan Lopatin, legislative counsel for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) and the chairman of the Federal-Postal Coalition (FPC).
Jul 10, 2015
Federal conference & travel restrictions - June 19, 2015
Joining host Jason Briefel of Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C., is Ryan Davison, advocacy manager at the American Chemical Society; Jimmy Thomas, legislative policy director at the National Defense Industrial Association; and Mary Kate Cunningham, senior manager of Public Policy at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. The panel discusses how travel restrictions affect government, industry and stakeholders.
Jun 21, 2015
Latest News from NAPA
Dan Blair, president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration; Joe Mitchell, NAPA's director of Project Development; and David Chu, NAPA Fellow and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analyses, join host Debra Roth to discuss NAPA's involvement in the Transitions in Governance 2016 initiative and other NAPA projects.
Jun 16, 2015
Celebrating Police Week; Preview of WIFLE 2015 Training
Cathy Sanz, president and executive director of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE); Steve Groeninger of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF); and Sara Slone from Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) join host Tony Vergnetti, president and CEO of Federal Employee Defense Services, for a preview of Police Week 2015 and an overview of the upcoming Women in Federal Law Enforcement annual leadership training event.
Jun 16, 2015
Current Threats Facing the FBI
Randall Coleman, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, and Charles Kable IV, section chief of the Counterespionage Section, join host Debra Roth of Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C. for an overview of current counterintelligence threats, how these threats affect the American public and what the FBI's CI team is doing to thwart such threats.
Jun 16, 2015
Agency Customer Service Initiatives
Dave Lewan, vice president of ForeSee, and Abby Herriman, senior vice president of Delivery and Innovation at HighPoint Global, discuss customer service initiatives with host Jason Briefel, senior policy advisor at Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C.
Jun 16, 2015
GAO's Report on Federal Employee Performance
This week on FEDtalk, more about GAO's recent report on the probationary period and dealing with poor performing employees. Robert Goldenkoff, director of strategic issues at the GAO, kicks off the show with an overview of the report and its top findings. Then, Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International, and Henry Romero, senior advisor of Federal Management Partners, Inc., discuss the wider implications of the report with host Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at Shaw Bransford & Roth, P.C.
Jun 16, 2015
Human Capital in the Public and Private Sectors
This week on FEDtalk, experts in both the government and the private sector participate in a panel discussion on human capital issues. Mika Cross, the government chair for ACT-IAC's Human Capital Shared Interest Group; Jeffrey Neal, senior vice president for ICF International; and Bill Fischer, industry chair for ACT-IAC's Human capital SIG, join host Jason Briefel, to discuss what they are currently working on and how the public and private sectors are collaborating.
Jun 16, 2015
Federal Legislative Roundtable Discussion
Host Jason Briefel is joined by Jessica Klement, legislative director of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association; Jenny Mattingley, legislative director of the Senior Executives Association; and Maureen Gilman, legislative director of the National Treasury Employees Union for a legislative roundtable discussion on the new congress, DHS funding, the federal employee pay raise and more.
Jun 16, 2015