Federal Drive Show Blog – September 20, 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:


Katherine Hammack
Assistant Secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment
U.S. Army

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The Army’s Net Zero initiative is coming to a base near you. The service is expanding its aggressive energy, water and waste management policies to all permanent installations. Katherine Hammack is assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

John MacKinnon
Group Supervisor for Homeland Security Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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In today’s Sammies segment, we meet John MacKinnon. He supervises the homeland security investigations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Boston. His team has rescued more than 160 victims of child pornography and arrested more than 50 child predators since 2010.

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Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Five agencies have jumped onto the workplace transformation bandwagon. The General Services Administration was the first. It replaced cube farms and private offices with open spaces, hotelling and an online reservation system for conference rooms. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller gives an inside look.

Bo Mitchell
Former Police Commissioner and Consultant
911 Consulting

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Workplace violence seems to be an unfortunate but recurring part of modern life. At the least, it can be two angry coworkers slugging it out. At the worst, it can be a mass shooting murder like the incident Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. This guest is a former police commissioner who specializes in workplace violence. While he says you can’t stop crazy, you can protect yourself, your employees and your visitors. Bo Mitchell has some do’s and don’ts.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Yesterday, it was back to work for most of the employees at the Washington Navy Yard. Most of the base reopened with the exception of the headquarters of Naval Sea Systems Command, the site of Monday’s mass shooting. Vice Adm. Bill French is the commander of Navy Installations Command, which overseas Navy bases throughout the world. He tells Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about the yard’s current status, and what the service is doing to help its employees cope.

Julia Washburn
Associate Director of Interpretation, Education and Volunteers
National Park Service

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The National Park Service has teamed up with the New York City Education Department to open a one of a kind high school. The Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School will offer students a hands-on experience in carpentry, masonry, plastering and other preservation-related trades. Julia Washburn is the associate director for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers at the National Park Service.

Julia Ziegler
Web Operations Manager
Federal News Radio

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The end of the fiscal year is just over a week away. The House will vote today on a bill that neither the Senate nor President Obama support. With no compromise in sight, are we headed towards a government shutdown? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has been monitoring the chatter on our website.

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