Federal Drive Show Blog – September 25, 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:


Norm Augustine
Former CEO
Lockheed Martin

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The agency that safeguards the nation’s nuclear stockpile isn’t a good steward of its own money. Nearly every major project of the National Nuclear Security Administration is behind schedule and over budget. That’s led Congress to appoint a review panel to look at the agency’s management structure. Former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine is leading it.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Federal employees: You are going to paying more for health insurance in 2014 — on average 4.4 percent more. The Office of Personnel Management says the rate increases are half of those in the private sector, on average. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller has details on how your health insurance is changing in 2014.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Key congressional committees have approved an Army request to spend $175 million on restructuring computer-network security in the United States and the Middle East. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, it’s an early step on the path to DoD’s Joint Information Environment.

Mike Spinella
Combined Federal Campaign Coordinator
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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This year, the Combined Federal Campaign is focusing on the people behind the charitable donations. “I make it possible” is the new slogan of the world’s largest workplace fundraiser. The CFC is actually comprised of nearly 200 smaller campaigns throughout the world. Mike Spinella is the CFC coordinator at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Nancy Wallace
Director of Marine Debris Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Hurricane Sandy left behind a huge swath of damage. It hurled building materials, large pieces of debris, even cars and trucks in the waters and marshes along the northeast coastline. Almost a year after the devastation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking for the public’s help to get that junk out of the sea. It’s called the Marine Debris Program, and it has enabled new technology in the form of an app, and by old fashioned technology in the form of elbow grease. Nancy Wallace is the director for NOAA’s Marine Debris program.

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