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Joe Thompson, National Academy of Public Administration

A House panel recently held back-to-back hearings: one with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's budget request, and the other with the authors of a report on security at NASA centers. NASA is under pressure to show Congress it's tightening security following a high-profile case of a Chinese spy and other cybersecurity breaches that have flown under the radar. NASA requested a review of its security procedures after spotting some red flags. Joe Thompson, project director of the National Academy of Public Administration, organized the review. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the study. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Joe Thompson , National Academy of Public Administration , NASA , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:40am EDT

Cristina Boccuti, Senior Associate, Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare made millionaires out of a small group of doctors in 2012. A politically-connected Florida ophthalmologist got nearly $21 million in reimbursements. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It released information on more than 880,000 health care providers, but the American Medical Association says the data dump will do more harm than good. Cristina Boccuti, senior associate on Medicare policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the database and how someone can use, or misuse, it.

Tags: Cristina Boccuti , Kaiser Family Foundation , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:02am EDT

Bea Disman, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is assembling a team of disability examiners. They will use big data as one tool to spot fraud and, they hope, prevent it. Based in Jamaica, N.Y., the team is currently reviewing disability medical decisions in two cases one in New York and the other in Puerto Rico. Bea Disman, the New York regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the specialized unit.

Tags: Bea Disman , Social Security Administration , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:06am EDT

Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

It's been a tough few years for federal employees. From pay freezes to furloughs and a government shutdown, can it get any worse? Federal News Radio asked readers on the website, what if this is as good as it gets? Web Manager Julia Ziegler told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what readers had to say. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:25am EDT

Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation

Data center consolidation goes well beyond simply conserving space in agency computer rooms. A host of factors are driving agencies to consolidate including business continuity and disaster recovery, environmental sustainability goals, cyber security and cost savings. The government's information technology budget for 2015 is looking to data center consolidation as a cornerstone to reduce I.T. investment while bolstering citizen services.

Tags: Darren Ash , Fred Whiteside , Kevin Nally , Chris Howard , Nutanix ,

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 11:55am EST

Catalysts for Government's Big Data Revolution

What are the infrastructure underpinnings of big data and big databases. Users of big data have been concentrating on the tools to mine the information in big data. In this conversation, we will discuss what it takes to house, maintain and serve up big data. Such data stores are characterized by a mix of relational/structured data and non-structured files such as video, images, PDFs, and office documents. A number of new solutions are emerging - different types of storage, different approaches of optimizing the data center to handle big data.

Tags: technology , CDWG , NetApp , Terry Halvorsen , John Montel , David Bray , Jack Nichols , Lee Vorthman ,

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:49pm EDT

Afzal Bari, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. military may be shrinking, but its information technology spending is not. The fact that the nation will field fewer troops, ships and airplanes might be the reason why IT spending is holding steady. In total, DoD plans to spend $30.3 billion on IT in fiscal 2015. Bloomberg Government Senior Analyst Afzal Bari told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp more details on the 2015 outlook.

Tags: Afzal Bari , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 07:43am EDT

Larry Sampler, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking for a new way to protect its more than $15 billion of investments in Afghanistan. With most U.S. troops leaving this year, development workers expect it will be harder to eyeball construction in remote areas of the country. USAID has a new technology project to keep tabs on its investments. Larry Sampler, assistant to the administrator in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Office at USAID, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the agency's plan. Read Associated Press' related article.

Tags: Larry Sampler , USAID , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 09:11am EDT

Al Avina, Executive Director, Blinded Veterans Association

Veterans Affairs has a problem with its websites. Critics say most of them are inaccessible to blind vets. Under Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal agencies are supposed to ensure equal access to electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used in the federal environment. Members of the Blinded Veterans Association recently testified to the joint Senate-House Veterans Committee about this issue. The association's executive director, Al Avina, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why VA has not been compliant with Section 508.

Tags: Al Avina , Blinded Veterans Association , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 09:31am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

One way to measure success of federal shared services is to see how many agencies are actually using them. Financial management shared service providers are facing an uphill battle to meet that metric. The ability of the federal providers to ramp up quickly is one of their biggest challenges. In part 2 of his special report, Shared Services Revisited, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explores the long-standing capacity challenges that current and new financial management shared service providers will have to overcome. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Shared Services Revisited

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 08:57am EDT
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