Federal Drive Show Blog - September 27, 2013

Friday - 9/27/2013, 2:50pm 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:

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Department of Health and Human Services is depending on big data to improve the security of its computer networks. And it's trying to share more data across agency bureaus and with the public. Kevin Charest, the chief information security officer at HHS, tells executive editor Jason Miller about balancing security with open data.

Dan Gordon
Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law
George Washington University Law School

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One problem with a federal government shutdown is a lot more than the government itself potentially grinds to a halt. Contractors are also watching nervously to see what happens. Agencies have started warning contractors of interruptions and cancellations of existing or planned procurements. Joining us with guidance on contractor relations and spending authorities during a lapse in appropriations is Dan Gordon, former White House procurement policy chief, now with George Washington University Law School.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The start of fiscal year 2014 is days away and there's still no budget in place. The military services are in the process of briefing their proposed fiscal 2015 budgets to Pentagon leaders. In the meantime, industry members can expect a lot of routine decision to be delayed while the budget process gets hammered out.

Frank Reeder
Former Director
Office of Administration

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While lawmakers debate a funding bill, federal employees are learning what could happen to them next week if there's a government shutdown. Are they essential enough to keep coming to work even though they might not be paid on time or at all? We have to go back to 1995 and 1996 for some historical perspective. That was when the federal government shut down for 28 days. Frank Reeder was director of the Office of Administration of the White House at that time.

Dr. Reginald Wells
Chief Human Capital Officer
Social Security Administration

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Five Winners celebrate their selection as this year's Causey Award winners from Federal News Radio. These winners demonstrated excellence in human resources. Dr. Reginald Wells, chief human capital officer at the Social Security Administration, was selected for avoiding furloughs and reductions in force during sequestration and maintaining a positive workforce environment. He joins us now.

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