Federal Drive Show Blog – April 23, 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:


Jacques Gansler
professor of public policy and private enterprise
University of Maryland.

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Sequestration has put the Defense Department into some disarray. It’s seeking the maximum authority for reprogramming funds. It’s trying to decide whether to furlough civilian employees, and if so for how long. And an unwelcome uptick in the tempo of the Afghanistan war may cause an $8 billion budget gap. Jacques Gansler is a former Pentagon procurement chief, and now a professor of public policy and private enterprise at the University of Maryland. He discusses what DoD’s options might be.

Dave Lewan
vice president of sales for the public sector, west region

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Feds aren’t the only ones glued to their mobile devices. The American Customer Satisfaction Index, out today, finds more and more of the public is accessing agency websites from smart phones. Dave Lewan, ForeSee’s vice president of sales for the public sector – west region, says agencies can do a better job of reaching their consumers and each agency should devise its own strategy.

Steve Ryan
McDermott, Will & Emory

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The kinetic work is finished in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Now comes the long, and in some ways equally difficult part: Ensuring justice is done. As details of the Justice Department’s strategy emerge, we wondered what the machinery is like inside to determine the legal approach. For some answers, we turn to Steve Ryan, a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner at McDermott, Will & Emory.

Brian Wingfield
Bloomberg Government

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The government is searching for a place to put 65,000 tons of nuclear waste. A few years ago, it abandoned a plan to store the waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Energy Department are exploring more options. One possibility is the creation of a temporary storage facility until a permanent solution is built. The two agencies held a joint meeting yesterday. Bloomberg Government reporter Brian Wingfield was there.

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New GSA Initiative Replaces Aging Federal Fleet with Up to 10,000 Hybrid Vehicles (GSA)

Congress slows military efforts to save (Federal News Radio)

OMB employees begin furloughs (Federal News Radio)

Feds delay policy to allow small knives on planes (Federal News Radio)

TSP Nixes Idea to Offer Extra Loan Assistance to Furloughed Feds (Gov Exec)

NIST Announces Plan to Sponsor First Cybersecurity FFRDC (NIST)

Flight delays pile up amid FAA budget cuts (Federal News Radio)

Privacy Impact Assessment for EINSTEIRN 3 – Accelerated (E3A) (DHS)

Internal watchdog blasts DoD’s health IT efforts (Federal News Radio)

Senate confirms Fanning as next Air Force under secretary (Air Force)

Statement on Confirmation of Eric Fanning (SLDN)

Federal Charity Drive Sees Falling Donations, Participation Rates (Gov Exec)