Federal Drive Show Blog – June 20, 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:

Michael Farber
executive vice president
Booz Allen Hamilton

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Federal agencies can do little without up to date information systems. And they’re under a slew of mandates and requirements for those systems. Cloud computing. Data center consolidation. Big Data. Mobility. How does a CIO make sense of it all? Michael Farber is the executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton and leads a group that helped to drive these initiatives.

Kathleen Williams
executive director
National Historic Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives

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President Barack Obama has told all agencies to turn their paper records into searchable electronic files. While the task might sound easier said than done, the National Archives has launched a website that could silence naysayers. The Archives’ National Historic Publications and Records Commission partnered with the University of Virginia to build the site Founders Online, which includes thousands of hand-written letters, diary entries and other scrawled documents from the nation’s founding fathers. Kathleen Williams explains the site’s bevy of documents.

Bob Luby
managing director
True North Logistics

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Hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods and services arrive every year by a supply chain to the federal government. Bob Luby is managing director of True North Logistics. In a new report for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, he makes the case for transforming the government’s supply chain

Jared Serbu
DoD reporter
Federal News Radio

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Morale is low in the financial management workforce of the Defense Department. A year ago, 86 percent of senior executives in the DOD budget world said they liked their jobs “a lot”. Today, the figure is 53 percent. The findings are part of an annual survey by the American Society of Military Comptrollers and Grant Thornton. A majority of DOD financial managers are reporting unprecedented challenges, according to Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.


Sequestration claims another conference: DHS’ GFirst cyber event (Federal News Radio)

Budget cuts hit security checks for U.S. defense contractors (Reuters)

Microsoft crowd-sources cybersecurity quality control, backs it up with cash (Microsoft)

Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet (Federal News Radio)