Federal Drive Show Blog – July 12, 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:


Paul Christman & Jonathan Sander
vice president & director of Identity Management Product Strategy
Dell Software

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The Open Data Initiative has the goal of getting federal information assets out to the public for uses such as building mobile applications. But success depends on security policies right so confidential or personally identifiable information doesn’t get out the door, too. Paul Christman is the vice president and Jonathan Sander is the director of Identity Management Product Strategy at Dell Software. They’ve studied the Open Data Initiative. One thing they point out is the need to understand the difference between unstructured and structured data and what federal data publishers have to tackle first.

Jason Miller
executive editor
Federal News Radio

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The General Services Administration in the next three weeks will release the solicitations for the OASIS and OASIS small business multiple award contracts. As GSA nears this milestone, the discussion of whether the government needs another large multiple award contract again comes to the forefront.

Jennifer Pahlka
deputy U.S. chief technology officer
for government innovation

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If you see someone with a slightly lost look roaming the halls of your federal office building, you might want to ask if they’re from, say, Silicon Valley. A new crop of Presidential Innovation Fellows is adjusting to life in Washington. The software developers, engineers and other technically-skilled young people have come to help agencies improve how they deliver their missions.

David Dye
director, Federal Human Capital
Deloitte Consulting

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If you are Asian, you are probably happier at work than your colleagues, particularly those with disabilities. Those are some of the findings from an analysis of the Office of Personnel Management’s annual survey of federal employees. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte looked at effective leadership, support for diversity and overall satisfaction among different demographic groups.

Andy Sherrill
director of education, workforce and income issues
Government Accountability Office

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Is the federal government too generous when it comes to workers’ comp? Some in Congress and the Labor Department want to scale back benefits for feds who get hurt on the job. Critics of the current law point to examples of elderly federal workers who were hurt on the job years ago but still get workers’ comp rather than the more stingy retirement benefits. Lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office to find out more.


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