Federal Drive interviews — July 24

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:

Jon Adlerpresident, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association


Some Capitol police officers may begin sporting long sleeves and pants even in the dog days of summer. The Capitol Police is considering making officers with tattoos cover up while on duty. Some police officers fear that the new rules might get far too personal for comfort.

John Mahoneychairman, Labor and Employment Practice Group, Tully Rinckey

The president recently ordered federal agencies to renew efforts to make sure warfighters received fair treatment when they returned to their jobs. The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act applies to companies and government agencies.

Obama memo bolsters protections for vets reentering workforce

Ensuring the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Protections

Steve Antonakesassociate director of supervision, enforcement and fair lending, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau spent much of its first year listening. It conducted fact-finding trips and asked for public feedback. But now that it’s entering the toddler stage, the agency is showing it can act, too. It recently got Capital One to refund $140 million to customers. The bureau just announced a new initiative to expand oversight of credit reporting companies.

Tom Foxvice president for leadership and innovation, Partnership for Public Service

The government is filled with innovative people on tight leashes. The Partnership for Public Service says managers need to loosen those reins and let the creativity flow. The organization analyzed the Office of Personnel Management’s latest survey of federal employees. It found some agencies are doing better than others at encouraging feds to innovate.

James Cashchief technical advisor, Office of Research and Engineering, National Transportation Safety Board

James Cash, chief technical adviser for the National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Research and Engineering. For nearly three decades, Cash has used his engineering expertise to extract information from airplane cockpit recorders and other recording devices to determine the causes of major transportation accidents.

Sammies finalist investigates transportation accidents


Analyst calls Senate cybersecurity bill inadequate

European Union lags behind U.S. in cyber legislation

Tuesday morning federal headlines – July 24, 2012

Panetta tries to quell fears over sequestration

Navy: Sub worker set fire so he could leave early