Federal Drive Show Blog – May 9, 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:


Alma Cole
vice president for cyber security

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Alma Cole is a veteran of the federal government’s cyber wars. He was the chief systems security officer at Customs and Border Protection and Department of Homeland Security. There he worked to improve information sharing among federal agencies as they battled threats such as the Conficker Worm.

Evan Croen
Bloomberg Government

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Budget cuts are a mixed bag for federal contractors. Half of the top vendors earned more money from the government last year despite the financial squeeze. That’s one finding from Bloomberg Government’s new report on the 200 most powerful government contractors. Bloomberg Government analyst Evan Croen provides insight on the report.

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Michael Chertoff
chairman and co-founder
The Chertoff Group

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If the United States has learned anything since 9/11, it’s that you can never let your guard down. And, the threat situation is constantly changing. Michael Chertoff, former DHS secretary, is now chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group, a global security advisory firm.

Bill Conner
president and CEO

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The problem of online identity management stands at the heart of many cybersecurity challenges the government faces. Yet the government still lingers over getting HSPD-12 and Transportation Worker Identity Card programs fully implemented. Plus, there’s still no assured yet simple system for citizens to authenticate themselves to the government.

Justin Herman
social media program manager
General Services Administration

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We got a clear example of the power and dangers of social media a few weeks ago when hackers hijacked the Associated Press’ Twitter account. They posted false news alerts about explosions in the White House. The tweets briefly caused the stock market to plunge. Now imagine if the victim wasn’t a news organization, but a government agency. GSA social media lead Justin Herman joins us to explain what to do if your agency’s Twitter account is attacked.

From Our Reporters

The Pentagon is putting the finishing touches on a package of proposals that would allow it to move at least some money between its programs during tough budget times. But even if Congress approves the request, it won’t make a dent in the impact of sequestration. Federal News Radio’s DoD Reporter Jared Serbu files this report.

In three weeks, agencies will have to check the Do Not Pay portal before they cut a check to a contractor or send money to citizens. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller says the website is missing critical data that could help prevent improper payments.


Bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation to combat cyber theft (Sen. Carl Levin)

TSA officers, air marshals file legal warning over knives (Federal Times)

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

Former US official describes Libya attack (Federal News Radio)

Commander sees attitude problem with missile crew (Federal News Radio)

Obama administration weighs options for expanding wiretap laws (Reuters)

Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Need to Be Reassessed (GAO)

Panel votes to ban bonuses at Veterans Affairs (Federal News Radio)