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Todd Akers, Vice President of Public Sector, Acquia

A lot of people today have their heads in the cloud the digital cloud that is. And if open-cloud providers like Acquia have their way, more in the government will follow suit. Acquia itself had some progress on that front recently, securing deals with the Justice Department and other government entities to use its Drupal open-cloud software. Todd Akers is the vice president of public sector at Acquia. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how Drupal came to be.

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Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:36am EDT

Rebecca Richards, Privacy and Civil Liberties Director, NSA

The National Security Agency went into crisis mode after contractor Edward Snowden revealed details of its massive spying enterprise. One of the things it did was hire a privacy and civil liberties officer. Rebecca Richards got that job, and says it's more than just words on paper. She's determined to implement effective safeguards. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, she explained more about her mission.

Tags: Rebecca Richards , NSA , Edward Snowden , privacy , civil liberties , Tom Temin ,

Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:34am EDT

Jason Olsen, President, Federal Employees with Disabilities

The federal government aims to be a model employer, welcoming diversity and fostering an inclusive environment. To that end, it's hiring people with disabilities at the fastest clip in decades. Eighteen percent of new hires in 2013 reported they had some sort of disability. But problems remain. Today, Federal Employees with Disabilities, a grassroots organization, has paired with a group representing Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual and Transgendered feds. They're holding a training program with some big speakers lined up. Jason Olson is the group's president. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with a glimpse behind the conference curtain.

Tags: Jason Olsen , FEDS , Tom Temin , LGBT , hiring , Workforce

Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:27am EDT

Jack Harrington, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services

The Super Bowl of cyber competitions just wrapped up this weekend. Ten teams competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas. Showcases like this one, in which teams show off the skills to protect cyber networks from intruders, are becoming a popular way for companies to scout new and sorely needed talent. But the government needs those people too. Jack Harrington is the vice president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon, which hosted last weekend's event. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain what agencies are taking away from competitions like this.

Tags: Jack Harrington , Raytheon , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , cybersecurity , National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Monday - 04/27/2015, 09:23am EDT

Friday federal headlines - April 24, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a former Pentagon spokesman will become the spokesman for the State Department, two senators ask the Defense Department to investigate possible retaliation against a whistleblower and lawmakers introduce a bill to stop improper payments to the deceased.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Friday - 04/24/2015, 08:39am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The top acquisition officials from each of the military branches told Congress this week that when it comes to the next round of acquisition reform, less is more. They asked lawmakers to help thin the layers of oversight in the procurement process, empower program managers to make decisions and hold them accountable when they fail. More from Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , acquisition

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:08am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Managing Editor,

Want to grouse about your agency? You've got a new outlet. Congressman Mark Meadows, who heads the House panel that oversees the federal workforce, has opened an email tip line. Just send a note to But will feds use it? managing editor Julia Ziegler debated that on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Tom Temin

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:07am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The House made it two-for-two this week by passing another cyber information-sharing bill. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act. They also approved the Protecting Cyber Networks Act. With the passage by the House, and at least initial support from the White House, these two bills are closer to becoming law than any previous attempts to improve public-private cyber information sharing. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details and analysis.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , cybersecurity , Congress

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:04am EDT

Blane Dessy, Acting Executive Director, FEDLINK

What does it take to run a federal library these days? You could look to the Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox, or the small medical library at Walter Reed in Bethesda. Both are winners of this year's Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) awards. Blane Dessy is the acting executive director of FEDLINK. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on the awards.

Tags: Blane Dessy , FEDLINK , Tom Temin , library

Friday - 04/24/2015, 09:40am EDT

Thursday federal headlines - April 23, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the House passes a major cyber bill, the VA inspector general finds more problems at the agency and the Pentagon acknowledges what many suspected: Cyber attacks are part of the arsenal of the U.S. military.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:01am EDT
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