Federal Drive Show Blog – April 19, 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:


Paul Wood
cybersecurity intelligence analyst
Symantec’s Security Technology and Response Group

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To fight the cybersecurity enemy, you’ve got to understand it. Each year, Symantec pulls together data from 69 million cyber threat sensors scattered throughout the world. The resulting picture shows how the cyber threat is morphing. Joining us with highlights of the latest worldwide Internet security threat report is Paul Wood, a cyber security intelligence analyst in Symantec’s Security Technology and Response Group.

Mark Papermaster
chief technology officer
Advanced Micro Devices

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Big technology challenges often require big computing power. The Energy Department is working to solve grand scale problems such as nuclear simulation by pushing supercomputing capacity. Right now, the fastest super computers can run at 1 trillion calculations per second.

Chris Mihm
managing director for strategic issues
Government Accountability Office

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Agencies need at least two things to improve performance on key missions. One is commitment from the top. Two is clear lines of accountability. A 2010 update to the Government Performance and Results Act tried to establish that. But is it working? The Government Accountability Office tried to find out.

From Our Reporters

The Defense Department wants to raise the fees military retirees pay for their health care. And, in a repeat of the battle that’s played out over the last two federal budget cycles, groups that represent current and former service members are fighting to stop it. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has the details

Several agencies are about to or have submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget to reprogram funds to soften the across-the-board cuts under sequestration. Labor, Defense and Homeland Security are among the departments going down this path. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller shares details on the reprogramming requests.


Joint Resolution to establish United States Intelligence Professionals Day (House)

OSHA last inspected Texas fertilizer plant in 1985 (Federal News Radio)

Employee safety paramount following hazardous substance report (APWU)

TSA official says no employee furloughs expected (Federal News Radio)

Flight delays: Furloughs begin at airports Sunday (Federal News Radio)

House passes pro-business cybersecurity bill (Federal News Radio)

Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind (Federal News Radio)

Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano (Congress)

U.S. urges Dutch to stick by F-35 fighter order (Reuters)