Federal Drive Interviews — Jan. 8, 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:


Martin Libicki
senior management scientist
Rand Corp

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When he signed the 2013 Defense Authorization bill hammered out by Congress, President Obama was signing the Pentagon on to a whole new regime in cybersecurity. Information Week recently reported, the bill is chock full of provisions from how DoD guards its networks to how it develops software.

Dov Zakheim
former under secretary
Department of Defense

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Now that the president has made his nomination official, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is about to be grilled by the Senate. Should he be confirmed, Hagel would immediately face a long roster of challenges. What should he or any new defense secretary deal with first?

Mark Schamel
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

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They might have all the training and expertise in the world. But federal law enforcement agents have been hamstrung for years against crime-prevention activities while off duty. In fact, they’ve been subject to criminal prosecution for helping innocent crime victims. But that’s all changing, thanks to the Officer Safety Act. It became law as part of the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill signed into law last week by the president.

Erik Olson
director of food programs
Pew Health Group

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The Food and Drug Administration has laid out a road map for how it plans to make our food safer. On Friday, it issued new regulations two years in the making. The agency says the rules turn it into a pro-active force focused on preventing problems before they cause harm.

John Palguta
vice president for policy
Partnership for Public Service

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You have until Friday to nominate that outstanding federal employee for a Service to America medal. The Partnership for Public Service runs the awards program. Each year, SAMMIE finalists are honored at a dinner and with interviews on this station.

Fill out a Service to America Nomination form.

Katherine McFate
The Center for Effective Government, formerly OMB Watch

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Plenty of federal managers know the name OMB Watch. The organization is one of the oldest watchdog groups in Washington. But it keeps an eye on more than just the Office of Management and Budget, so the new leaders thought a new name was in order.


DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update