Federal Drive Show Blog - November 18, 2013

Monday - 11/18/2013, 11:03am EST

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:

Navy Capt. Erich Diehl
Commanding Officer
Coastal Riverine Group 2

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The military is under orders to let female service members serve in combat positions. Earlier this year, then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a long-standing ban. Tom and Emily spoke with Navy Capt. Erich Diehl, the Commanding Officer of Coastal Riverine Group 2 and the person ultimately responsible for ensuring female sailors are placed in some of the most dangerous roles.

Steve Lord
Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues
Government Accountability Office

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A billion dollar program to spot suspicious behavior at airports is a waste, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. GAO says results of the Transportation Security Administration's behavior-screening techniques are no better than chance. Steve Lord, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at GAO, wrote the report. He joined Tom and Emily to discuss the details.

David Bray
CIO
FCC

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The Federal Communications Commission has so many IT systems, there's one for every nine employees. Many of those systems are more than a decade old. David Bray, the chief information officer at the FCC, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about his plans to modernize the commission's technology applications. The interview was part of Jason's weekly Ask the CIO radio show. Listen to the full interview by clicking the related link below.

RELATED ARTICLE: FCC's Bray empowers business owners through technology choices

Jared Serbu
Defense Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Two months after the Pentagon ordered all corners of the Defense Department to draft plans to migrate email systems to DoD's centralized system, some military services are holding out. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says the Navy and Marine Corps aren't willing to commit to making the move.

RELATED ARTICLE: Navy, Marine Corps still unsure about migrating to enterprise email


Federal Drive co-host Tom Temin was at the National Contract Management Association's annual Government Contract Management Symposium today. Tom caught up with both Shay Assad, the Defense Department's director of defense pricing, and retired Air Force Brigadier General Frank Anderson, who discussed the challenges small businesses face working with federal agencies. Listen to Tom's interviews on our conference page.

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