Federal Drive Show Blog – May 21, 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:


Walter Harris
chief operating officer
Food and Drug Administration

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The Food and Drug Administration has been striving mightily with new mandates, new public health issues, and with its own need for a more modern information infrastructure. Somehow it has to accommodate the needs of the scientific and research side of the house, the operational side, and the administrative.

John Mahoney
chairman, Labor and Employment Practice Group
Tully Rinckey

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Some unionized Homeland Security Department employees are vigorously opposing the immigration reform bill now progressing through the Senate. The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council was the first to openly opposed the bill. It represents 7,000 deportation agents. Joining the battle is the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council with 12,000 members. If the bill passes and becomes law, those members will have to carry it out. Can they?

Alan Chvotkin
executive vice president and counsel
Professional Services Council

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The Professional Services Council has been saying it for awhile now and now the federal government finally agrees. A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says the Afghan government has been improperly taxing American contractors to the tune of nearly $1 billion. And it has restricted the movements of companies that refused to pay the unfair levies.

Malcolm Hardin
industry chairman
2013 ACT-IAC Voyagers program

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Leaders may be born, but a little education never hurt. That’s where the Voyagers Program comes in. It’s cooperative program between the IT industry and mid-level government employees. The American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council, or ACT-IAC, has just graduated this year’s Voyagers and is accepting applications for next year.

From Our Reporters

The Office of Management and Budget is finalizing a new directive to change federal financial management processes. The goal is to make it easier for agencies to balance their books, and for vendors to provide software to help them do that. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller provides details from the Management of Change conference in Cambridge, Md.


Lew taps government retiree pension fund (Federal News Radio)

Former IRS commissioner heads to Hill amid scandal (Federal News Radio)

Huge tornado hits Oklahoma City suburb, kills 51 (Federal News Radio)

House passes bill on lying about military medals (Federal News Radio)

Obama fills jobs under streamlined process (The Washington Post)

IG: ex-US Attorney retaliated in Fast and Furious (Federal News Radio)

Navy readies full production buy of shipboard network systems (Nextgov)

Amazon Web services (GSA)

GSA Issues RFI for Public Comment on Cybersecurity (GSA)

Written testimony of NPPD Office of Cybersecurity & Communications … (DHS)

Prescription Drugs: Comparison of DoD and VA Direct Purchase Prices (GAO)