Federal Drive Show Blog – May 6, 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:


John Palguta
vice president for policy
Partnership for Public Service

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If you are sick of hearing talk of sequestration, furloughs and fed-bashing then brighten up. It’s Public Service Recognition Week. The Partnership for Public Service helps organize activities. It is also announcing the finalists for the Service to America Medals, which are given to outstanding federal civilian employees.

Don Kettl
dean of the School of Public Policy
University of Maryland.

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President Barack Obama tapped his Chicago friend Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary last week. With that nomination, he completed his wish list for cabinet members in his second presidential term. Don Kettl, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, offers his insight.

Related Story: Cabinet Tracker: Who’s staying? Who’s going?

From Our Reporters

Congress has made its feelings pretty clear on the subject of another round of military base closures and realignments. Lawmakers included an explicit prohibition on another BRAC in this year’s defense authorization bill. But Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports DoD leaders remain insistent that since the military’s shrinking, bases need to shrink too.

Agency culture embraces performance like never before. So says Shelley Metzenbaum. Her last day as the associate director for personnel and performance at the Office of Management and Budget was Friday. It had been Metzenbaum’s job to be the Obama administration’s activist for performance management. Metzenbaum looks back on her four- year tenure with Federal News Radio executive editor Jason Miller.


Levin, Inhofe seek Hagel’s guidance on defense budget cuts (Sen. Carl Levin)

Joint Security Awareness Report (JSAR-12-241-01A) (ICS-CERT)

Honoring Our Public Servants. Connecting Citizens with Their Government. (Partnership for Public Service)

Hill aides: White House recalculates spending cuts (Federal News Radio)

Breached dam data poses no threat to public, Army says (Computerworld)

Nearly 200 Federal Buildings Grow Less Green (GovExec)

Navy delaying furlough notices (Federal Times)

Zients out as OMB deputy director for management (Federal News Radio)

Retirements dip in April (Federal News Radio)