Federal Drive interviews - September 28

Friday - 9/28/2012, 3:02pm 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:

Jim WilliamsSenior Vice President, Daon

The Commerce Department is making progress in a project to improve online security. The administration sees this as key to growing a major branch of the economy. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technolog, which has hired a contractor to help it establish what it calls an identity ecosystem.

Joining us with the story is Jim Williams, senior vice president at Daon and the former Federal Acquisition Service commissioner at the General Services Administration.


Patrice McDermottExecutive Director, OpenTheGovernment.org

A year ago, the White House launched a project to promote government transparency worldwide. It promised to lead by example by using the Internet to increase communication between the federal government and the public.

Now, a coalition of watchdog groups is checking to see whether the administration has stuck to its promises. Patrice McDermott, the executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org joins the Federal Drive to discuss the administration's progress on transparency.

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Ed ZurndorferRegistered employee benefit consultant

This Monday marks the first day of the new fiscal year, and with it, a hike in TRICARE Prime fees for military retirees.

Starting next week, some beneficiaries will be paying $39 to $79 more than they do currently, GovExec recently reported.

Registered employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer joins the Federal Drive to discuss the changes.


The Federal Drive brings you the latest cybersecurity and defense news. Below, find links to the stories mentioned.

Five ways to ensure responsible information sharing (Federal News Radio)

Panetta Discusses Syria, Libya, Asia-Pacific Issues (American Forces Press Service)

Funding boost gives DHS a head start in 2013 to fight cyber threats (Federal News Radio)

US general charged with adultery, other sex crimes (Associated Press)