Federal Drive Show Blog – June 4, 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:


Sterling Deramus
military and employment attorney
Tully Rinckey

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Military leaders, sexual-assault victims and legal experts are debating changes to the military code of justice before a Senate panel today. In efforts to stamp out sexual assaults, lawmakers are considering a bevy of measures intended to limit commanders’ power over the military justice system. Military brass warns, the reforms could go too far.

Lynne Bernabei
Bernabei and Watchel, PPLC

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Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation to strengthen protections for military whistleblowers. Which raises the question: what’s wrong with the current law? It’s especially apt considering victims of sexual assault in the military are testifying this morning on Capitol Hill. Many victims say the command culture and a fear of retaliation have kept them from coming forward and seeking help. So we’ve turned to one of our regular Legal Loop contributors for some insight. Civil rights and employment attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented a number of federal whistleblowers.

Dr. Dave Evans
National Science Teachers Association

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The Obama administration is proposing a comprehensive reorganization of Science and Math education programs. That would include a nearly 7 percent increase in STEM spending in fiscal 2014. But what do the teachers in the trenches think of the proposed changes?

From Our Reporters

Defense analysts from across the political spectrum are uniting behind a call to reduce overhead in the Defense budget. They say, without fundamental management changes internal cost drivers will crowd out core military missions. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu has details.


Obama Plans to Take Action Against Patent-Holding Firms (The Wall Street Journal)

White House promises veto of GOP spending plan (Federal News Radio)

New IRS head says taxpayers no longer trust agency (Federal News Radio)

RSS Feeds Todd Grams to return to IRS as chief of staff (Federal News Radio)

NOAA kills agency-wide furlough proposal (The Washington Post)

Court says ex-wife gets man’s insurance money. (Federal Drive Radio)

Prosecutor: Manning let secrets into enemy hands (Federal News Radio)

Emergency Leave Transfer for Federal Employees Affected by the Severe Storms and Tornadoes in Oklahoma (CHCOC.gov)

AF excepts civilians affected by tornadoes from furlough (Air Force)

Report finds security tools add software vulnerabilities of their own (TechTarget)

Wyndham Lawsuit Tests FTC Cybersecurity Authority (The Wall Street Journal)