Federal Drive Show Blog – June 11, 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:


Joe Petrillo
procurement attorney
Petrillo and Powell

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The General Services Administration inspector general has blasted Federal Acquisition Service managers in a new report. It accuses them of circumventing their staff and altering contracts upon the contractors’ requests. The penalty could be huge. The IG recommends GSA cancel or re-do two contracts worth a total of half-a-billion dollars.

Evan Croen
Bloomberg Government

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Defense contractors might not be feeling the love from the Pentagon in this era of shrinking budgets. If you’re a weapons maker and the top buyer no longer wants your goods, where do you turn? Maybe Pakistan. Or Turkey. Bloomberg Government analyst Evan Croen has mapped out the hottest growing markets for U.S. defense firms. He joins us now with his findings.

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John Palguta
vice president for policy
Partnership for Public Service

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How can the IRS bounce back from its recent scandals, while battling increased workloads with fewer employees, frozen pay and furloughs? John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. says it’s a tough row to hoe.

Adam Zagorin
journalist in residence
Project on Government Oversight

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A draft Defense Department inspector general report reveals details surrounding the disclosure of the identities of the Seal Team members involved in the Osama bin Laden raid, a story later immortalized by Hollywood in the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Also on today’s show:

Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin interviewed Dr. Trina Greer, chief learning officer at the Health and Human Services Department, at the Government Performance Summit in Crystal City, Va. Today’s show also included an interview with Bethany Blakey, performance manager at The Performance Institute. Blakey is the featured speaker at today’s summit luncheon. Listen to all of our Government Performance Summit interviews and view a photo gallery of the event here.


SEC Drops Retaliation Suit with $580K Payment to Whistleblower (GovExec)

Obama’s ATF nominee gets Senate hearing (Federal News Radio)

Performance.gov faces identity crisis (Federal News Radio)

Inspection Report: Alleged Nepotism and Wasteful Spending in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Energy)

Energy officials land summer jobs for their kids (Federal News Radio)

2012 Arthur S. Flemming Award Winners (George Washington University)

State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations (CBS News)

Re: Petition to STOP THE FURLOUGHS Dear President (White House)

K.I.A: The Washington Free Beacon Compromised to Serve Up Malware (invincea)

iOS 7 Coming this fall (Apple)

House Dem pushes for repeal of military force law (Federal News Radio)