Federal Drive Show Blog – April 29, 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:


Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Senate Budget Committee’s Government Performance Task Force

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No one likes to talk about their screw-ups. But that’s exactly what a group of senators wants to hear about from agency leaders. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) leads the Budget Committee task force on government operations.

S.760 – Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013

Dan Blair
president and CEO
National Academy of Public Administration

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Federal pay is a hotly debated topic, so why not add another log to the fire? Three congressmen have recently asked the Government Accountability Office to examine the federal government’s approach to civilian employee compsensation. In other words, is the GS schedule still a relevant pay scale for feds?

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A Fresh Start for Federal Pay: The Case for Modernization

Strengthening the Federal Workforce

John Palguta
vice president for policy
Partnership for Public Service

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Next Sunday, May 5, marks the beginning of Public Service Recognition Week. Events planned to acknowledge and celebrate dedicated civil servants include a 5K run and a breakfast for the Service to America Award Nominees. But that’s just the part of the week long festivities.

Andy Bochman
energy security lead
IBM’s Security Systems

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A race to protect the nation’s power grids from cyber attacks is underway. And now utilities have a tool to help them protect their systems from would be cyber threats. It’s called the Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Maturity Model — or ESC2M2 — and was developed by the Department of Energy to manage dynamic threats and understand grid cybersecurity.

From Our Reporters


Controllers to return after Congress ends FAA furloughs (Federal News Radio)

Tightening budgets force DARPA to alter course for R&D (Federal News Radio)

Air Force Secretary Donley to step down (Federal News Radio)

Compliance with the DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (DoD)

VA Deputy Secretary Scott Gould leaving (Federal News Radio)

Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings (White House)

On Tax Day, Peters & Gardner Call on Congress to Root Out Billions in Duplicative Spending & Save Tax Dollars (Rep. Gary Peters)

Senators Coburn and Udall Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Duplication and Overlap of Federal Programs (Senate)