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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 , Federal Drive , 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 , Federal Drive , library

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

Steve Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Workhorse Group, Inc.

The Postal Service is planning to buy 180,000 new vehicles over the next three years. It wants those new trucks to have better safety equipment and fuel mileage than the current fleet. Mail-carriers driving the new trucks will need more room, with parcel business up 20 percent over the past five years. Steve Burns is chief executive officer at Workhorse Group, Inc. That's one of several companies bidding on the new Postal truck. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to elaborate on his company's design, which includes a drone to lighten the load.

Tags: Steve Burns , Workhorse Group , Federal Drive , USPS , trucks , workforce

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:06am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Federal cyber experts are raising the prospect that tens of thousands more federal employees could be at risk of identity theft from a corporate cyber breach than first reported. At issue is the U.S. Investigative Services breach in August. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on these new concerns, and what is being done to shore up contractor systems.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Cybersecurity

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:46am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will unveil a new Pentagon cyber strategy today. It's expected to revise his department's approach to cyberspace to account for a number of technological and policy changes over the last several years. Officials say Carter also will announce several new initiatives intended to make DoD more capable of adopting cutting-edge commercial technologies for the protection of its networks, and build tighter linkages between the department and Silicon Valley. DoD reporter Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further preview the plan.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Federal Drive , DoD , Cybersecurity , Ashton Carter

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:44am EDT

Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

An employee with the Transportation Security Administration gets her job back after being fired for being pregnant. TSA ruled Amanda Kincannon's pregnancy made her "unfit for duty" and subsequently fired her. The decision was eventually overruled by TSA's internal review board, and she was recently reinstated. The incident was made public by the American Federation of Government Employees. Debra Roth, a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford and Roth, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to offer some more insight into this case. She said it's not exactly unheard of.

Tags: Debra Roth , Shaw Bransford & Roth , Federal Drive , TSA , AFGE , workforce

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 09:03am EDT

FITARA does not give federal CIOs total IT budget authority

Some CIOs are asking what the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act will really change. Tom Temin, host of the Federal Drive has some answers in a new commentary.

Tags: Federal Drive , FITARA , Technology , CIO , GAO , budget

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 03:53am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

House Veterans Affairs committee members are asking for more details on why the Veterans Affairs Department let 14 contractor employees telework from countries like China and India. The latest VA inspector general report on the agency's cybersecurity once again calls into question VA's actions and reactions to the potential problems. In his bi-weekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," executive editor Jason Miller writes about these latest concerns. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what he found out.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , veterans , Veterans Affairs

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:07am EDT

Dr. Ben Schrag, Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Science Foundation

Baby it's no longer cold outside. But it's never too early to start looking ahead, even to next winter. Researchers at the National Science Foundation are repurposing a high speed camera system to analyze snowflakes, and maybe help predict just how bad that little snow flurry might get. Dr. Ben Schrag is a program director in the Small Business Innovation Research Program at the NSF. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the camera works.

Tags: Ben Schrag , National Science Foundation , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:10am EDT

John Palguta, Vice President for Policy, Partnership for Public Service

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's tired of the negative talk about morale. He tells the House subcommittee on government operations, "One of the ways that you improve morale is to stop continually telling my workforce that you have lousy morale." He said a plan is underway and things are getting better. Still, Homeland Security sits atop the list of worst big agencies. John Palguta is vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his take.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jeh Johnson , DHS , morale , Congress , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 09:04am EDT
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