Federal Drive Interviews — March 22, 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:


Trey Hodgkins
senior vice president for the public sector
Tech America

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It’s only about 60 pages long, but the Federal It Acquisition Reform Act or FITARA could have big implications for the $80 billion federal technology market. After a major rewrite, with industry input, a House panel approved the measure. Now one trade group is saying not so fast.

Kevin Concannon
under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming up with Maryland and Virginia in a data-sharing program to wipe out food-stamp fraud. The department will share its data-mining expertise with state agencies to help them find people who manipulate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP system.

Adam Miles
director of policy and congressional affairs
Office of Special Counsel

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For the first time, the Office of Special Counsel has filed an amicus brief. It is stepping into a case that could impact federal whistleblowers. Two Defense Department workers were stripped of their non-critical sensitive status in Berry v. Conyers.

Brody Buhler
global managing director of the postal industry group

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The U.S. Postal Service is not the only one struggling for survival in the email era. Postal operators the world over are having trouble figuring out how to compete with the latest technology and social media. But a new report by consultants at Accenture says it doesn’t have to be that way. Diversification is part of the answer. Accenture consults 15 postal services around the world, including USPS.


DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update