Federal Drive Show Blog – July 3, 2013

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today’s Interviews:


Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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By the end of next year, the Defense Information Systems Agency wants DoD components to be able to select and buy cloud computing services through an automated, web-based tool. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, DISA’s rolling out the capability as part of its new role as DoD’s official cloud broker.

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Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Federal agencies fell short of the governmentwide small business contracting goal for the seventh year in a row. But the Small Business Administration says many small firms are finding more success in government contracting than ever before. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Tom about the latest small business report card.

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Jitinder Kohli
Deloitte Consulting

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Among the many mandates federal agencies work under, one of the most far-reaching is the Government Performance and Results Act. In 2010, Congress gave it an overhaul with the GPRA Modernization Act. The update means more frequent reporting. And it’s supposed to result in a better feedback mechanism so agencies take their performance data and use it to keep improving. Tom spoke about whether it’s accomplishing that goal with Jitinder Kohli, who helped mold the GPRA Modernization Act. He is now a director at Deloitte Consulting and formerly a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He also spent 15 years with the British government in its Department of Business.

Chris Mihm
Managing Director

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The Government Accountability Office recently released a new report on GPRA modernization. Auditors found, agencies have a lot more work to do to comply with the act and improve their performance. Chris Mihm, managing director of strategic issues at GAO, joined Tom to discuss the report in detail.

Fred Donodeo
Acting Chief, Communications and Public Liaison Branch
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is working to help the public stay safe this summer. Fred Donodeo, acting chief of the Communications and Public Liaison Branch at NIAAA, spoke with Tom about the details of the interagency effort.

Katie Lawhon
Management Assistant
Gettysburg National Military Park

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There is a reason why history buffs will be playing dress-up this weekend. The Gettysburg National Park will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The weekend will include interactive programs, hikes and much more. All of this creates a huge workload for the National Park Service. To explain what goes on behind the scenes, Tom spoke to Katie Lawhon, management assistant at Gettysburg National Military Park.

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