Monday - 5/13/2013, 10:14am EDT

Federal News Radio's morning show, The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp, broadcast live from the 2013 Excellence in Government conference held May 13, 2013. Listen to our interviews with government officials speaking at the conference, as well as our interview with conference planners.

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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More than ever before, federal leaders are facing a perfect storm. That's according to the organizers of the annual Excellence in Government conference in downtown Washington. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Gov Exec, offers his perspective.

Peggy Sherry
chief financial officer
Department of Homeland Security

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If there's ever a time to make your operations more efficient, it's now. But the Homeland Security Department didn't have to wait for sequestration to feel the imperative. The umbrella department with 22 agencies is constantly trying to streamline operations as it works towards a clean financial audit.

Nani Coloretti
assistant secretary for management
Treasury Department

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Data analytics is all the rage these days, as leaders pressure agencies to prove they're getting the job done. The emphasis on data seems reasonable enough. But it's easy to get overwhelmed. Some agencies have had success in making sense of it all. They're sharing their stories at the Excellence in Government conference at the Ronald Reagan Center in downtown Washington today.

Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek
Defense Logistics Agency

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From military leaders to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, defense officials repeatedly have warned Congress that sequestration is affecting mission readiness. That's not true at the Defense Logistics Agency. Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, DLA's director, says the tight budget scenario actually fits the agency's mission.

Emily Kopp of the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp reported live from the annual Excellence in Government in downtown Washington, D.C. View a photo gallery here.