Federal Drive Show Blog - October 30, 2013

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 10:20am 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.

Today's Interviews:

Brian Eighmey
Recipient
USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship

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In this sluggish economy, cybersecurity is one field where employers say they just don't have enough people. The military has too many people. Many service members are leaving and wondering about their next move. Now, two organizations with a lot at stake in the cyber industry have teamed up to give veterans the skills they need. Brian Eighmey is a recipient of the USA Cyber Warrior scholarship, funded by the professional organization (ISC)2 and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dr. Paul Hommert
Director
Sandia National Laboratories

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The Obama Administration wants fewer but better nuclear weapons. It has an ambitious, multi-billion dollar, multi-year plan to modernize its arsenal. Considering the controversy over the weapons and the federal budget, the plan has gotten a lukewarm reception from Congress, which held a hearing yesterday. Paul Hommert, director of Sandia National Laboratories has some insight. Whatever leaders decide, Sandia will play a key role in the outcome, as it has in the past.

Joe Kirschbaum
Acting Director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Stop. Look around you. Do you know where the nearest emergency exit is? The Government Accountability Office visited 20 federal facilities to find out how prepared employees were for an emergency. Joe Kirschbaum is acting director for Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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The Affordable Care Act will benefit many, but it could also hurt thousands. As many as 250,000 federal and postal employees currently don't have health insurance under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP). By the beginning of the year they could be penalized. Federal News Radio's Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has more on what he calls "the young, immortal and uninsured."

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel is looking on the sunny side of the HealthCare.gov situation. He says the website problems offer a "teachable moment" for those who work in federal IT. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller has details.

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