Federal Drive Show Blog - September 17, 2013

Tuesday - 9/17/2013, 12:02pm EDT

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today's Interviews:

Charlie Allen
Former Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis
Homeland Security Department

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Monday's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard is a scenario that has left many feds asking themselves, what would I do in a situation like that? What are the tools and protocols for federal managers who find themselves caught in an emergency situation? Charlie Allen is former undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Homeland Security Department and a principal at the Chertoff Group.

J.J. Green
National Security Correspondent
WTOP

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WTOP's national security correspondent discusses the latest details about the aftermath of the Navy Yard shootings.

Caroline Hamilton
Founder
Risk & Security

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Incidents like yesterday's shootings at the Navy Yard raise questions about the physical security of federal buildings. The Government Accountability Office has a long history of studies showing weaknesses in this key safety measure. What might we learn from yesterday? Caroline Hamilton is the founder of Risk & Security. She's done extensive analysis on risk management with federal agencies. She talks about what went right and wrong at Naval Sea Systems Command.

Nick Iannelli
Reporter
WTOP

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Thirteen people were killed after an unexpected mass shooting occurred at the Navy Yard. WTOP Reporter Nick Iannelli is on location there to discuss the aftermath.

Ray Kalustyan
Senior Vice President
FISERV

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Social Security is the latest example: $1.7 billion in improper disability payments to people with jobs. Waste fraud and abuse takes many forms. Sometimes its improper use of government credit cards. Explaining some best practices to ending credit card fraud is Ray Kalustyan, senior vice president for government services at FISERV.

Carlo Munoz
Staff Writer
The Hill Newspaper

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Two Congressmen want the Pentagon to reconsider proposed cuts to personnel at HQ. The chairman and the ranking member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee recently wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. In the letter, they ask him to exhaust all other options for savings before considering a reduction in workforce. Carlo Munoz, staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, talks about the implications of this letter.

John Palguta
Vice President for Policy
Partnership for Public Service

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Pay freezes, furloughs, and sequestration have affected the happiness of federal employees. But how effective are the agencies where they work? The Partnership for Public Service conducted a survey of agencies that are considered the best places to work in the last 10 years. John Palguta is the vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service, and he tells about the six agencies that improved the most.

Joe Petrillo

Procurement Attorney

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It might be tempting to cut or delay a big contract to save money under sequestration. But is it legal? A recent Government Accountability Office decision might answer that question. Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo takes a look at the case of the IRS and Vinculum Solutions.

Ed Zurndorfer

Registered Employee Benefit Consultant

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The postal service has once again offered some employees and early buyout. Take a cash payment, say $25,000 dollars, and then retire early. Buyouts can be tempting. But certified employee benefits consultant Ed Zurndorfer gives federal employees who might be tempted into accepting an early buyout something to think about.

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