Federal Drive interviews – June 28

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:

Chris Inglisdeputy director, National Security Agency

Half of the employees at the National Security Agency joined up since the Sept, 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That means there’s noticeably less gray hair at NSA headquarters than in most federal offices. NSA Deputy Director Chris Inglis tells Federal News Radio such a young workforce has put NSA in an unique position.

Blast from the past: House reinstates rule targeting agency spending, employee salaries

Sen. Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa)


Imagine not being able to get the painkillers you need after surgery or a tranquilizer to limit seizures. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says hospital emergency rooms throughout the country are reporting shortages of these drugs. He thinks federal drug enforcement agents may be inadvertently contributing to the problem by doing their jobs too well.

Danielle Ivoryreporter, Bloomberg Government

A new program to help small, female-owned companies win federal contracts hasn’t worked out as expected. In fact, as Bloomberg Government reporter Danielle Ivory writes, women vendors have gotten less than the price of a drone from these set- asides.

Women Vendors Get Less Than Price of Drone From U.S. Set-Asides