Federal Drive Show Blog – June 17, 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:


Roger Waldron
Coalition for Government Procurement

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A recent House Small Business Committee hearing revealed small businesses’ concerns over strategic sourcing. The witnesses had some ideas too for how the General Services Administration and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy could make it work better. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement and a former GSA acquisition official, was one of those who testified.

Rob Levinson
Bloomberg Government

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Some lawmakers want to restrict the intelligent community’s use of contractors to spare the nation further national security leaks. Easier said than done. New analysis from Bloomberg Government shows contractors are so entwined in classified government work, it would be difficult if not impossible to extract them.

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Micah Edmonds
assistant vice president, Industrial Base Policy
Aerospace Industries Association

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Enough is enough for the Aerospace Industry Association. They not only want spending cuts at the Defense Department to stop, they are calling on Congress and the White House to reverse them. DoD released some budget information recently, which AIA believes reveals some dangerous trends for 2014 and beyond.

Robert Stoll
partner on the patent team
Drinker Biddle & Reath

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President Barack Obama has named the enemy: patent trolls. The president has asked Congress to pass legislation restricting these companies that amass patents with no intention of ever using them. In the meantime, he has directed the Patent and Trademark Office to ferret out the trolls and more carefully examine applicants for new patents.

Steve Ryan
head of the government strategies practice group
McDermott, Will & Emory

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The Edward Snowden affair represents one of every company’s worst nightmares. A trusted employee goes rogue, not on the company but on its biggest customer. Damage is done. The news dominates the headlines for weeks. And everyone wonders, is the company itself liable? In this case Booz Allen Hamilton fired Snowden immediately, but what happens next?

Jason Miller
executive editor
Federal News Radio

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The leaders of the House Veterans Affairs Committee believe the VA misled them and violated the law requiring the notification of data breaches. And now, lawmakers want VA to explain, in specific details, what happened and why agency technology leaders didn’t tell them about multiple nation-state cyber attacks.


Postal Service agrees to class-action discrimination settlement (Federal Times)

Longtime gov’t lawyer to lead Gitmo closure effort (Federal News Radio)

GSA to review all internal procurement practices (Federal News Radio)

Report: Assaults increase on rangers, park police (Federal News Radio)

House approves IT reform amendment to Defense bill (Federal News Radio)

Bill Would Reverse Green Initiatives for New Federal Buildings (GovExec)

House passes sweeping $638 billion defense bill (Federal News Radio)

DoD Investigates Reliability of Natural Gas-Fired Generators During Electric Grid Failures (SERDP)

U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms (Bloomberg)

DHS Can Take Actions To Address Its Additional Cybersecurity Responsibilities (DHS)

The Paris Air Show begins today…minus (Federal News Radio)