Federal Drive Interviews — Jan. 24, 2013

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:


Sally Claggett
urban & community forestry team leader
U.S. Forest Service

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For decades the Chesapeake Bay has been a worsening victim of pollution. As the nation’s largest estuary, the health of the Chesapeake has regional implications. When he first came into office, President Obama issued an executive order for a multi-agency task force to see what could be done to set the bay on a path to better health.

Dexter Brooks
director of the Federal Sector Programs
Office of Federal Operations, EEOC

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants to hear your thoughts on how it can better enforce anti-discrimination laws at federal agencies. It is welcoming public input as it builds a case management system.

EEOC will accept comments through Monday, Jan. 28.

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.)
House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

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A former prosecutor has taken the helm of the House subcommittee that oversees cybersecurity. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) says his experience fighting cybercrime as a U.S. attorney has prepared him for the job. But he’d like to see agencies act more like doctors than cops. Meehan says he wants to see the government triage dangers in cyberspace.

Dr. Rebecca J. Johnson
associate professor of national security affairs
Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University

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In the military, a recent spate of sexual and financial scandals has shone a spotlight on how it teaches ethics to its officers. The Joint Chiefs of Staff is reviewing the training courses. But one professor already has radically changed the course she teaches by opening it up to the public. Marine Corps University associate professor Rebecca Johnson has created a Twitter hash tag so anyone can audit her class and weigh in on military moral dilemmas.


DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update