Federal Drive Interviews — March 14, 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:


Alaina Teplitz
director of the Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation
Department of State

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The State Department’s efforts to green its facilities throughout the world is an all-hands effort. It starts with individuals at the grass roots, works through mid-level implementation groups, all overseen by the quarterly Greening Council chaired by the undersecretary for management.

Jim Craft
chief information officer
Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization

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Thousands of soldiers’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan were saved because of underwear. Not just any underwear, but a special brand to protect vital areas against improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The ability for the military to get the under garments in the field quickly is a real example of a rapid acquisition process working well.

Related Stories: DoD defeating IEDs through innovative IT, acquisition approaches (Ask the CIO)

Malcolm Jackson
chief information officer
Environmental Protection Agency

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When did you start dreaming about your federal job? The Chief Information Officers Council is hoping to inspire teenagers to follow in their footsteps. Literally. The IT Job Shadow program pairs students with federal IT professionals for a day.

Charlene Vaughn
assistant director
Office of Federal Agency Programs

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The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation just released a handbook. It helps federal agencies and project applicants navigate two separate but related processes, conducting reviews under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Jason Miller
executive editor
Federal News Radio

No one has been furloughed yet because of sequestration. But agencies are already feeling the impact of those budget cuts. It has changed how border patrol agents, transportation security officers and other federal employees do their jobs.

Related Story: Agencies suffering reductions in services even before furloughs occur

Jared Serbu
DoD reporter
Federal News Radio

This week, the Defense Department migrated its one millionth user into its new enterprise email system. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the Army expects to completely transition into the cloud service within the next month. Meanwhile, the Navy and Air Force are kicking the tires.

Related Story: DoD puts 1 million users in its cloud email system


Thursday morning federal headlines – March 14, 2013
The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today’s news, President Barack Obama has tapped a new envoy to Libya six months after the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador.

DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update

  • President Obama took time out from butting heads with Congress to talk a little cybersecurity. Thirteen CEOs from across American industry joined the president in the Situation Room to update one another on cyber threats. They discussed how cyber intrusions could harm the economy and national security. Obama reiterated his February executive order. In part, it called for more data sharing within industrial domains and with the federal government. A survey showed few CEOs were aware of the executive order. Attendees included Ursula Burns of Xerox, Wes Bush of Northrop Grumman and Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil. (Federal News Radio)
  • Fiscal Year 2012 Report to Congress on the Implementation of The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (White House)