Federal Drive interviews – May 22

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:

Rick RobinsChairman, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council


You may wish the Dow Jones was more like another “stock market” index. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fish Stock Sustainability Index had a banner year last year, and it’s risen steadily for 11 years in a row. NOAA says six species that had been over-fished have now returned to target levels. One of them was the Atlantic Coast Summer Flounder. To learn how NOAA worked with local communities to bring back the flounder, we turn to Rick Robins, chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Read the full report.

Alejandro MayorkasDirector, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

It’s been a long and sometimes bumpy road for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Transformation Program. For 3-1/2 years, USCIS has been trying to perfect a system to digitize paperwork in immigration cases. Now the agency is finally ready to introduce the world to ELIS — the Electronic Immigration System.

Read the full story.

Dr. Kyle MyersDirector, Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration

We continue our series of interviews with the Service to America Medal finalists with a dedicated federal employee who has improved the ability to diagnose disease. Dr. Kyle Myers’ efforts have improved the accuracy of radiological diagnostic tests and helped save lives by setting the standards for things like 3D breast images.

FDA doctor’s work helps streamline diagnosis process

Read about all of the finalists.


Pentagon struggles to stay away from customization

DoD, VA building on early success of joint e-health record

New click-fraud worm crawling to an operating system near you

New disciplinary action in Dover war-remains case

‘Father of the Internet’ decries union as ‘Internet cop’