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Host Tom Temin brings you the latest news affecting the federal community each weekday morning, featuring interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. or download archived interviews below.
Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 11, 2012
Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 8:41am EST
No matter what happens in the fiscal cliff debate, it looks rough for the Pentagon. Just yesterday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said defense spending cuts should be part of a deal. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment recently hosted an exercise that brought together some of the best defense minds in Washington. Their task: plot a strategy for defense budgets.
It's a hush-hush topic and one of the more controversial methods currently used for screening federal employees for security clearances. Although polygraphs are mostly banned in the private sector and denounced by scientists, McClatchy Newspapers reports 73,000 Americans submitted to the tests for federal employment last year.
In an emergency, would you call someone or text them? Maybe you would just tweet or post to Facebook to get the word out to a lot of people quickly. Social media may not be the star of disaster relief efforts like the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy, but it's playing a key supporting role.
What were the biggest developments in 2012 for the federal workforce and what does 2013 hold for federal workers beyond the fiscal cliff?
It was dormant for 15 years, but it's come back with a roar. The Administrative Conference of the United States just held its 57th plenary session. Members discussed several issues of importance to federal managers.
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