Federal Drive Show Blog - November 13, 2013

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 11:16am EST

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:

Shawn Moran
Vice President
National Border Patrol Council

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The Homeland Security Department is facing allegations that its border patrol agents are abusing overtime.

The National Border Patrol Council is defending members' use of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO). Shawn Moran, vice president of the Council, says the problem with an earlier released Office of Special Counsel's report on the use of OT at the agency is that people who use AUO can't always work an 8-hour day.

Today, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a pay reform bill that would allow border patrol agents to choose between three pay schedules. The NBPC supports the bill.

Moran joined Tom and Emily to discuss the issue before the legislation was released.

Nani Coloretti
Assistant Secretary for Management
Treasury Department

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Federal News Radio surveyed performance improvement officers across government to find out what they think the future looks like for federal agencies.

Nani Coloretti, the Treasury Department's assistant secretary for Management, spoke to Francis and Executive Editor Jason Miller about the results of the survey, including some challenges agency performance improvement officers face when using performance data.

RELATED ARTICLE: PIOs unearth the real value of data analysis

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department is pushing the idea of open architectures — systems that can be rapidly upgraded in increments over time — hopefully for less money. But for now, the military services are filled to the brim with systems that are anything but open. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on the military's efforts to bring open architecture to closed systems.

RELATED ARTICLE: DoD brings culture of open architecture to world of proprietary systems


Emily was on site at AFCEA Bethesda's 6th Health IT Day, interviewing event participants and organizers. Listen to her interviews on our conference page.

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