Federal Drive Show Blog - January 16, 2014

Thursday - 1/16/2014, 9:39am 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:

Brig. Gen. David Bishop
Commanding General of Warrior Transition Command
U.S. Army

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The Army is preparing for the wholesale return of troops from Afghanistan. It's begun restructuring its Warrior Transition Units, which provide service to soldiers with severe injuries or illnesses. The plan is for them to have better access to resources, whether they're healing at home or at a military hospital. Brig. Gen. David Bishop, commander of the Army's Warrior Transition Command, has more.

Mike Hettinger
Senior Vice President for the Public Sector
TechAmerica

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The rollout of HealthCare.gov suggests the federal tech workforce may not have the skills to carry out large projects. Even President Barack Obama has called for changes to how the government hires technology talent. It's big business. The government spends nearly $80 billion a year on information technology. Mike Hettinger, senior vice president for the public sector at TechAmerica, has industry's viewpoint.

Bob Metzger
Government Contracts Lawyer
Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, P.C.

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The Pentagon is putting its tech contractors under a microscope. Under new rules, the companies working on sensitive projects have to guarantee their materials are pure and their supply chains safe. In this week's Legal Loop, government contracts lawyer Bob Metzger of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell says what to expect.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The new head of the Office of Personnel Management has plunged into everything human resources in her first months on the job. Katherine Archuleta says she wants to understand OPM as an agency and as a service provider to other departments. She tells Federal News Radio's executive editor, Jason Miller, how she's handling the learning curve.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon's top acquisition official says the $1 trillion spending bill in Congress temporarily takes pressure off of some areas of the Defense Department's budget. But Frank Kendall says he still worries about cutbacks to research and development spending. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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