Federal Drive Show Blog – June 24, 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:


Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

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By some estimates, fraudsters trick the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services out of $50 billion to $60 billion a year. A bipartisan group of senators says Congress needs to give the agency new tools to go after fraudsters. The bill is championed by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). He chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Carper says the measure would let CMS get tougher on crime.

Jason Miller
executive editor
Federal News Radio

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A provision tucked into the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the Defense Authorization bill would reshape how the Defense Department oversees technology. The committee wants to merge the DoD’s CIO with its deputy chief management officer. In his latest edition of Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller tells us what’s behind the possible merger and other juicy tidbits he’s picked up over the last two weeks.

Ira Shapiro
international trade lawer
Greenberg Traurig

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The Senate has confirmed Michael Froman to be the new head of the office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He’ll replace Ron Kirk, who left the administration in February. Froman is facing a daunting load. There’s the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be negotiated and also the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership involving the European Union.

Jared Serbu
DoD reporter
Federal News Radio

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When it comes to selling technology to the military during tight budget times, officials say the industry needs to keep at least a couple things in mind. The new stuff needs to replace the old stuff, and if the product comes with a pitch for cost savings, it needs to save the government money “now.”

Ron Sanders
vice president
Booz Allen Hamilton

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The cybersecurity profession needs manpower. According to a recent survey of software security professionals worldwide, cyber analysts, engineers, auditors and architects are most in demand. In response to this need, the (ISC)2 Foundation and Booz Allen Hamilton are launching a new program designed to train veterans in these roles. It’s called the USA Cyber Warrior Scholarship program.


OPM expanding health, dental options under FEDVIP next year (Federal News Radio)

Flight to Cuba for which Snowden booked departs (Federal News Radio)

FAR Council removes dollar limits for women-owned set-asides (Federal News Radio)

GSA completes $19.5M West Heating Plant sale (The Washington Business Journal)

Quality Software Services, Inc., Had Not Implemented Universal Serial Bus Device and Port Controls (HHS)

Important Message from Facebook’s White Hat Program (Facebook)

DoD Furlough Appeals Filed, Called Premature (Military.com)

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (White House)

States Attract Cybersecurity Companies (Valley News)