Federal Drive Show Blog - October 22, 2013

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 10:02am 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.

This morning, Federal Drive also broadcast from the 2013 AUSA Conference. Click here to read about and listen to the interviews from the conference.

Today's Interviews:

Patrice McDermott
Executive Director
OpentheGovernment.org

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Call it the Edward Snowden effect. Each year, a coalition of 80 groups under the umbrella OpentheGovernment.org tries to assess the level of government secrecy. It looks at the official data, like the number of national security letters, open-records requests and backlogs. Patrice McDermott is the coalition's executive director. She says Snowden's revelations about National Security Agency surveillance have changed how the groups see those data points.

Justin Sink
Staff Writer
The Hill Newspaper

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Taking a cue from Kanye West, the Obama Administration is promising that HealthCare.gov will become better, faster, stronger. President Obama acknowledges the stakes are high. But if the administration can't get that website right, how many people will give up on buying health insurance? The Hill's Justin Sink has been following the trials and tribulations of HealthCare.gov.

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