Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 23, 2013

Wednesday - 1/23/2013, 9:22am EST

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today's guests:

Michael Nelson
technology policy analyst
Bloomberg Government

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Big Data, it's is the next big thing expected to trigger $34 billion in worldwide IT spending this year. But harvesting the fruit is tedious work with a lot of steps in the process. Are the big data dollars at your agency being spent in a way that will maximize success? A new Bloomberg study broke down the big data cycle to look at the privacy, security and transparency issues that could be holding you back.

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Anthony Robbins
vice president of federal sales
Brocade Communications

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Procurement reform went front and center on Capitol Hill yesterday. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform talked about a proposed bill to revise how the government buys information technology. The bill would change things for industry, too. One of the companies testifying was Brocade Communications.

Blane Dessy
executive director
Fedlink

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The Library of Congress says: let it manage your agency's media and book subscriptions and it will save you money. For the first time, it is opening up its 40-year-old Federal Library and Information Network to all agencies. Fedlink executive director Blane Dessy says this expansion will help the government cut costs, while making sure agencies still have the information they need.

Alex Bolton
senior staff writer
The Hill newspaper

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As we told you earlier this morning, the House is postponing its vote on extending the federal pay freeze. But it's still going after somebody's salary -- the Senate's. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer at The Hill Newspapers, has the details.

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