The Senate voted unanimously last night to change the way the military addresses sexual assault. The bill is not as strong as survivors wanted, but they say it’s a step in the right direction. All this came before the chamber’s Democrats staged an all-night talkathon on climate change. Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill newspaper, joins the Federal Drive to discuss the week ahead in Congress.
The White House launches more initiatives to combat patent trolls. The Patent and Trademark Office says it will crowd source information to help patent examiners evaluate applications. Michelle Lee is Deputy Director of the Patent and Trademark Office. She says patent litigation still needs fine tuning.
The four different systems that hold vendor past performance data look and feel shockingly old and clunky, says Senator Claire McCaskill. The Missouri Democrat wonders why agencies still do not have the information required to make good procurement decisions. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with details about why past performance data is a mess.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 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.