Federal Drive Show Blog – May 8, 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.

Click <a href="http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?sid=3314520&nid=97" target="_blank">here</a> to view gallery of images by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock, the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year.

Today’s guests:


Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
Military Photographer of the Year

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When Matthew Brady traveled around Civil War battlefields, he changed the expectations of military leaders and the public about what they could expect to see of military life and operations. Today, the Defense Department has thousands of photographers documenting everything from firefights in Afghanistan to press conferences at the Pentagon. Tom and Emily spoke with one of the best today. Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock of the Air Force was named the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year. It’s his seventh time winning the award.

Rob Hood
awards coordinator
Communicators of Excellence

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The 2012 Military Photographer of the Year Award is part of a larger awards program that honors excellence among military photographers, videographers, journalists and graphic artists. The awards are given out by the Defense Information School. Tom and Emily spoke with Rob Hood, a judge for this year’s awards program.

Dr. Anthony Cordesman
defense analyst
Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Three whistleblowers go before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to discuss the attacks on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. They’ll discuss whether the U.S. government could have done more to prevent the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed the same night. They’ll also likely question an independent review that blamed the State Department for security failures but did not point a finger at any one person. Anthony Cordesman, a defense analyst for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, previewed the hearing with Tom and Emily.

Jennifer Martinez
staff writer
The Hill newspaper

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For the first time, the Pentagon has directly accused the Chinese government of cyber attacks on the U.S. In a new report, Defense officials say China is looking for intelligence it can use to build its own military technologies. Jennifer Martinez, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper, spoke with Tom and Emily about the details of the report.

Related Stories: Pentagon: Chinese government hacking into US computers (The Hill)

From Our Reporters

Agencies soon will be told to change the way they certify and accredit their computer systems. The Office of Management and Budget is drafting a memo to move agencies out of the once every three-year process under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller provides details on this new ongoing authorization process.


IBM to Modernize Department of Veteran Affairs Human Resources Technology (IBM)

Treasury secretary working on penmanship (Federal News Radio)

After Boston, DHS to Install Beleaguered Student Visa ID system (Nextgov)

Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft (Federal News Radio)

Air Force sidelines 17 ICBM officers (Federal News Radio)

Most military sexual assault cases go unreported (Federal News Radio)

Richard Spires resigns from DHS CIO post (Federal News Radio)

Federal News Radio suffers malicious cyber attack (Federal News Radio)

Hot Summer in Store for State Employees (Government Executive)