Federal Drive Interviews — March 11, 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:


Myron Gutmann
assistant director
National Science Foundation

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The White House says agencies should make it easier to use their scientific research. The Office of Science and Technology Policy is directing agencies that do more than $100 million a year in research and development to draft open-access plans within six months. They have to make federally funded research public within a year. They also have to find ways to make their data and archives easier to search.

Brian Friel
Bloomberg Government

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Call it a Rocky-Balboa move: Challengers have better odds of unseating federal technology providers. That’s because the government is changing the way it shops for tech services. Bloomberg Government Analyst Brian Friel looked at the largest technology-services contract program, the General Services Administration’s Alliant and Alliant Small Business.

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Christopher Ling
senior vice president
Booz Allen Hamilton

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Government auditors say nearly all agencies are failing to secure their computer systems. Cyber attacks against federal networks are at an all-time high. But even if agencies strengthened their network defenses, it may not be enough. A growing number of experts say cybersecurity professionals need the ability to predict future attacks and stop them before they happen.


DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update