Attorney General Eric Holder committed the full resources of the FBI to investigate Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Bob Blitzer, former chief of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism and Counterterrorism Planning Section, anticipates a swift and substantial federal response to the bombings.
Without open communications, it’s hard for the government to clearly convey its requirements to contractors. And contractors have a hard time telling government what they’re capable of. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy launched its Mythbuster’s campaign to foster more talking. It’s been a year since the last memo, aimed at clearing misconceptions on the contractor side.
Peter Swire former assistant for economic policy to President Barack Obama
The House votes this week on a bill to help companies defend against cyberattacks. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would encourage them to share cyber-threat data with the federal government and each other. It failed to pass last year amid privacy concerns. Opponents are back in full force. Peter Swire was chief counselor for privacy in the Clinton Administration and recently served as President Barack Obama’s assistant for economic policy. He thinks CISPA is a bad idea.
John Palguta vice president of policy Partnership for Public Service
If it isn’t the sequester and the threat of furloughs, maybe it’s the pay freeze, and the negative public opinion polls. Federal workers are threatening leaving their jobs now more than ever. But is it actually happening? For answers, we turned to John Palguta, the vice-president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service.
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Margaret Anderson was a 34-year-old park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. On New Years day 2012, she set up a road block to intercept a car that had blown through a routine snow chain inspection. It cost her her life. Now the Office of Personnel Management wants to make sure Anderson and all civilian employees who have given their lives are honored and remembered. Federal News Radio Producer Lauren Larson attended the unveiling of the memorial dedicated to the memory of fallen federal employees. Listen to her report.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.