Federal Drive Interviews -- April 4, 2013

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 10:58am 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:

Donna Dodson
division chief, Computer Security Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology

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All day Thursday and Friday, a diverse group of engineering and IT experts are gathering together to explore emerging research needs for cybersecurity in cyber-physical systems. The two-day workshop is sponsored by the Cyber Security Research Alliance and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Donna Dodson is division chief of the Computer Security Division and the acting chief cybersecurity Advisor at NIST.

Dan Helfrich
principal and the service area lead
Federal Strategy & Operations and Human Capital practice, Deloitte

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If you suspect your employees are grumbling behind your back, you might be right. A new analysis shows more feds think their leaders have room for improvement. Deloitte and the Partnership for Public Service have issued a report based on the most recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

Nick Taborek
defense reporter
Bloomberg Government

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Remember when defense contractors were threatening to layoff employees because sequestration would be so tough on them? Turns out the budget cuts haven't been too bad, so far. Defense contracting actually shot up last month. What's going on? For some answers we turn to Bloomberg Government defense reporter Nick Taborek.

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Thursday morning federal headlines - April 4, 2013
The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today's news, two congressmen want to know why the Homeland Security Department is buying 15 years worth of ammunition and Congress isn't buying one agency's assertion that it's going to be all right despite sequestration.

DoD Report

From Our Reporters:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says sequestration is harming military readiness. But in his first policy address since taking office, Hagel said the Defense Department is preparing for a future with fewer resources. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, Hagel is planning major reforms to make the military less expensive to operate.

Two central themes emerged from the first listening session to implement President Obama's executive order on cybersecurity. The first was obvious: collaboration must underlie the entire process to create the cybersecurity framework. But it was the second theme that will set the path forward for how the cyber framework will be developed by and for critical infrastructure providers. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller reports on with details on the emerging roadmap to implement the cyber executive order.

Cybersecurity Update

  • The Homeland Security Department has put the cybersecurity executive order into high gear. DHS has created eight working groups to begin work on implementing the two-month old plan to improve the information assurance of critical infrastructure providers. DHS deputy secretary Jane Lute says the groups bring together public and private sector experts to work on topics such as incentives for adoption of the cyber framework, collaboration, planning and evaluation, and privacy and civil liberties assessments. Lute calls this effort an ambitious program on an ambitious timeline. The executive order set an October deadline for the first draft of the cyber framework to be completed. (Federal News Radio)

  • Cyber workforce avoiding retirement wave -- for now (Federal News Radio)