Federal Drive Show Blog – April 16, 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:


Bob Blitzer
former chief of the FBI’s
Domestic Terrorism and Counterterrorism Planning Section

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Attorney General Eric Holder committed the full resources of the FBI to investigate Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Bob Blitzer, former chief of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism and Counterterrorism Planning Section, anticipates a swift and substantial federal response to the bombings.

Related Story: Federal response to Boston bombings ‘swift and substantial,’ expert says

Joe Petrillo
procurement attorney
Petrillo and Powell

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Without open communications, it’s hard for the government to clearly convey its requirements to contractors. And contractors have a hard time telling government what they’re capable of. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy launched its Mythbuster’s campaign to foster more talking. It’s been a year since the last memo, aimed at clearing misconceptions on the contractor side.

Peter Swire
former assistant for economic policy
to President Barack Obama

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The House votes this week on a bill to help companies defend against cyberattacks. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would encourage them to share cyber-threat data with the federal government and each other. It failed to pass last year amid privacy concerns. Opponents are back in full force. Peter Swire was chief counselor for privacy in the Clinton Administration and recently served as President Barack Obama’s assistant for economic policy. He thinks CISPA is a bad idea.

John Palguta
vice president of policy
Partnership for Public Service

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If it isn’t the sequester and the threat of furloughs, maybe it’s the pay freeze, and the negative public opinion polls. Federal workers are threatening leaving their jobs now more than ever. But is it actually happening? For answers, we turned to John Palguta, the vice-president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service.

From Our Reporters

Outgoing OPM Director John Berry speaks at the ceremony to unveil a memorial dedicated to the memory of federal employees who died in the line duty. (Photo by Lauren Larson/Federal News Radio)

Margaret Anderson was a 34-year-old park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. On New Years day 2012, she set up a road block to intercept a car that had blown through a routine snow chain inspection. It cost her her life. Now the Office of Personnel Management wants to make sure Anderson and all civilian employees who have given their lives are honored and remembered. Federal News Radio Producer Lauren Larson attended the unveiling of the memorial dedicated to the memory of fallen federal employees. Listen to her report.


NOAA plans for 4 furlough days, begins talking to unions (Federal News Radio)

Department of Veterns Affairs: Removal of Penalty for Breaking Appointments (Federal Register)

House passes Chaffetz bill targeting contractors who don’t pay taxes (The Salt Lake Tribune)

Tax Refunds Fall Due to Fiscal-Cliff Deal (The Wall Street Journal)

FAA orders no-fly zone over Boston explosion site (Federal News Radio)

FBI takes the lead in Boston probe (Federal News Radio)

State Governments Viewed Favorably as Federal Rating Hits New Low (Pew Research Center)

Hagel cancels creation of new drone, cyber medal (Federal News Radio)

Navy bomb unit sent to Boston (Federal News Radio)