The Endangered Species Act recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. It says 26 species have been successfully removed and recovered. But some in Congress think it’s time for an overhaul. Michael Bean is a counselor to the assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Interior Department.
Erin Bliss Director of External Affairs at the Office of Inspector General Health and Human Services
There’s no shortage of difficulties to investigate at federal agencies. That’s why they have inspectors general. Health and Human Services has had its share of tsauris with the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance exchange. For a look ahead at 2014, Tom and Emily talked to Erin Bliss, the director of external affairs at the HHS Office of Inspector General.
John Mahoney Chairman of the Labor and Employment Practice Group Tully Rinckey
The federal government is accused of being “dazed and confused” when it comes to marijuana. More states are legalizing it. President Barack Obama says it’s no more dangerous than alcohol. But the Drug Enforcement Agency labels it a top-tier illegal drug and plans to keep it that way.
John Mahoney examines the tightrope the government is walking. He is chairman of the labor and employment group at the law firm Tully Rinckey.
The government releases final cybersecurity standards meant to help companies in critical industries protect their computer networks. Now agencies have until May to work the guidelines into their regulations. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, has details.
The Army launches an online tool to help soldiers and civilians employees get a grip on their health. It’s not just about push-ups, fruits and veggies. The ArmyFit website lets users evaluate the emotional, social and spiritual dimensions, too. Lt. Col. Dan Johnston is the ArmyFit program manager. He speaks with Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.
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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.