Federal Drive Interviews -- Sept. 20, 2012

Thursday - 9/20/2012, 10:54am EDT

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:

Charles O'BrienUniversity of Pennsylvania professor and psychiatrist

A new Institute of Medicine study found nearly half of military members and families "binge drink," meaning they consume four or five drinks or more at a time. One in every five active-duty service members say they are heavy drinkers. The report concludes that the Defense Department is not not keeping up with what researchers call "a public health crisis." Chuck O'Brien chaired the committee that issued the report.


Jacob Pankowskichairman, government contracts group at Greenberg Traurig

Today we're looking at acquisition as part of our weeklong multimedia series, The Obama Impact, Evaluating the Last Four Years. When the administration sought to re-set the definition of inherently governmental, it caught the attention of contracts as few issues had.

Read more: Inherently governmental guidance never made it off launchpad


David Childsprogram manager, Management Analysis Incorporated

Few initiatives caused as much consternation among contractors as the administration's re-definition of the term inherently governmental. It had the potential to shift much work away from contractors and into the federal workforce. Today we're looking at acquisition as part of our weeklong multimedia series, The Obama Impact, Evaluating the Last Four Years. David Childs, program manager at Management Analysis Incorporated, is a former Homeland Security acquisition manager, and was a manager in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Read more: Inherently governmental guidance never made it off launchpad


Also on the show:

Panetta talks computer hacking issues with Chinese

TSA analyzes mobile needs before deployment

Peeking inside DoD's next version of Better Buying Power

Issa: IG report step toward restoring faith