Federal Drive Show Blog – April 30, 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:


Dan Helfrich
Deloitte Consulting

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Innovation has been all the rage for federal agencies over the past few years. Innovation is supposed to makes government more efficient, provide better service and generally get up to date. But a new analysis from the Partnership for Public Service says agencies are starting to slip. When compared to the private sector the government as a whole is lagging behind.

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Joe Petrillo
procurement attorney
Petrillo and Powell

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The General Services Administration’s multiple award schedule contracts have been a mainstay of federal procurement for decades. In 2011, agencies spent $38 billion using the schedules. But analysis by GSA’s inspector general suggests, contractors aren’t living up to some of the pricing requirements.

Christy Romero
special inspector general
Troubled Asset Relief Program

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There’s a reason the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, has yet to sunset, nearly five years after the banking crisis. There’s still money out there, and it’s got to be accounted for. Christy Romero, the special inspector General for TARP, has found trouble with a related program designed to prod small banks into loaning more to small business.

Sandy Reback
Bloomberg Government

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The cybersecurity executive order got a lot of attention when President Barack Obama unveiled it this February. But what you may not know is that the European Union also released a new proposal for cybersecurity requirements that same month. And there’s a big divide between the two plans that may become problematic.

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Jonathan Berman
Jones Day

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Two consumer advocacy groups recently filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to speed up the rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act. And now a judge has agreed with them. Jonathan Berman, a partner at Jones Day, shares details on what this means for FDA and for meeting statutory deadlines.

From Our Reporters


US Has Concerns with UK Plan to Outsource Acquisition Oversight (Defense News)

Spamhaus DDoS Suspect Arrested (Information Week)

Contractor data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

VA withholds disability claims executives’ bonuses (Federal News Radio)

Smithsonian limits gallery closures to 3 museums (Federal News Radio)

Sequestration could cause delays in retirement processing, OPM says (Federal News Radio)

Obama: Cuts means US could lose years of research (Federal News Radio)

Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists (Federal News Radio)

First Lady Unveils Certification Plan for Veteran Jobs (DoD)