Federal Drive Show Blog – May 2, 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:


Ron Ross
fellow in information security and risk management

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You really can’t judge a book by its cover. This book has a rather dry title: Special Publication 800-53. In reality, it’s the bible of cybersecurity, and it’s produced by the computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 800-53 just received its most extensive revision since 2005. To find out what’s new, we turn to Ron Ross, a NIST fellow in information security and risk management.

From Our Reporters

Department of Defense leaders spent months warning Congress that military readiness would begin to erode if sequestration went into effect. The Navy and Marine Corps are telling lawmakers that that’s now happening, and things will only get worse from here. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu provides details.

The Green Building Advisory Committee is recommending the government adopt the LEED standard. That could help building managers measure progress on energy- efficiency goals. Kevin Kampschroer is the director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller why the committee decided on LEED.


Navy charges 2 in deaths of 2 divers at Md.pond (WTOP)

Bill would ax FEHBP in favor of Affordable Care Act plan (Federal News Radio)

Agriculture Department Might Escape Furloughs (Government Executive)

Obama signs legislation ending FAA furloughs (Federal News Radio)

Pentagon may soon clear use of Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry devices (Reuters)

Sequestration Impact on NARA Mission and the Public (NARA)

Benghazi Investigation – Seeking Information (FBI)

U.S. Labor Dept. Website Hacked, Serves Malware (Information Week)

Arrested student entered US without visa (Federal News Radio)

Obama to tap Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs (Federal News Radio)

Two former special agents from Commerce Department plead guilty to submitting false claims (Justice)