Federal Drive Show Blog - January 21, 2014

Tuesday - 1/21/2014, 9:08am 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:

Kaitlin Devine
Senior Developer
Sunlight Foundation

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Tomorrow, the Government Accountability and Transparency Board will hear from the public. GAT Board is looking for feedback from users of federal spending data. The Sunlight Foundation has been pushing for this type of engagement with the public for years. Senior developer at the Sunlight Foundation Kaitlin Devine explains what to expect.

Matt Gentile
Leader of Geospatial Practice
Deloitte

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Nearly everything the government does has a geographic or location element. That's why, over the years, federal agencies have invested billions in geographic information systems.

Congress has been holding hearings with the U.S. Geological Service, Government Accountability Office and other agencies. Members want to know if there's some way to streamline investments in GIS. Matt Gentile is the leader of Deloitte Consulting's Geospatial Practice.

Mary Kaye Justis
Director
TRICARE Health Plan

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For years, military members or their families could walk into a TRICARE health facility to get administrative tasks done, like changing doctors. But no more. TRICARE is about to eliminate 189 customer service centers, ending walk-in service. Instead, beneficiaries will have to complete administrative tasks over the phone or online. Mary Kaye Justis, director of TRICARE Health Plan, has more.

Justin Sink
Staff Writer
The Hill Newspaper

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President Obama handed out a few assignments last week in his speech on NSA surveillance. Justice and the intelligence community have to come up with a storage plan for phone metadata. Congress has some tasks, too, like updating the U.S. Patriot Act or overhauling the secret intelligence court.

How likely is that to happen? Justin Sink, staff writer at The Hill Newspaper, gives his thoughts.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Are agencies buying smarter today? Joe Jordan, the most recent administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, says they've only scratched the surface. He says strategic sourcing is among the tactics that have helped stretch dollars. Jordan talks with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the buying smarter campaign and strategic sourcing.

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