More agencies are choosing to manage Freedom of Information Act requests in the cloud to cut back on paper and costs. Edith Pemberton is the manager of Information Management and Customer Relations at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Frank Vance is a FOIA officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department. Together, they tell Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller how the cloud is changing their FOIA processes.
Greg Rinckey Managing Partner and Former Army Prosecutor Tulley Rinckey
Sentenced to 35 years for the biggest breach of classified documents in the nation’s history, Army Pvt. Bradley Manning says now he’s ready to get on with his life as a woman. He wants to be known as Chelsea Manning. And he wants the Army to pay for hormone therapy while he’s in prison. The military has a policy against it, but the issue still raises thorny questions. Former Army Prosecutor Greg Rinckey is now a managing partner at Tully Rinckey.
Connie Deshpande Social Media Consultant and President Connie’s Confidante Consulting
When you start a Facebook or other social media presence, you can feel like you’re back in junior high. You wonder if people will like you or dump on you. A few federal agencies have used advertising methods to boost the number of likes on their Facebook accounts. Is that a good strategy? Connie Deshpande is a consultant and writer who’s helped federal agencies with their social media strategies.
Kevin Washburn Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Interior Department
In the 1800s, the federal government divided Indian reservation land among tribal members. As they died, the land passed to heirs. The result? In one typical case, an 80-acre lot is split among 2,000 owners. Under the Cobell Trust Land Consolidation program, the Interior Department has a budget of $1.9 billion to buy back land to consolidate it and put it to better use. Kevin Washburn is assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, and he has more about the project.
Madeline Neighly Staff Attorney National Employment Law Project
FBI records are considered the gold standard of criminal background checks, so it’s no wonder employers turn to them before hiring job candidates. But those background checks don’t tell the whole story. Half of them are missing critical information, such as when someone is acquitted of a crime. Madeline Neighly is a staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project.
Vanessa Griffin Director of the Office of Satellite and Product Operations National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
You don’t see them directly, but every citizen who checks the weather is accessing data gathered and downloaded by a satellite. Weather and climate observation satellites come under the purview of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s about to retire one of its birds. We wondered how NOAA makes sure it avoids an interruption of the mssion. Joining Tom and Emily with some answers is Vanessa Griffin, NOAA’s director of satellite operations.
Jerry Brito Senior Research Fellow and Director of Technology Policy Program Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Some have likened the world of virtual currency to the Wild West, where cyber criminals can bury their financial tracks. Federal regulators and lawmakers are just starting to grapple with the growing industry. Jerry Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He’s written a new primer on Bitcoins, the most popular virtual currency.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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.