Federal Drive Show Blog – October 14, 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:


Mike Endale
Principal and Software Architect

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Furloughed federal employees will probably get paid, eventually. But the longer the government says in limbo, the harder it gets to make ends meet. In the meantime, if you need to bring in some cash, there might be work for you. Mike Endale of BLEN Corporation has created a website full of freelance gigs available for furloughed feds. Read more.

Lauren Larson
Coordinating Producer
Federal News Radio

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From free food and drink specials to discount tickets on entertainment, many businesses are reaching out to feds to ease the pain of the shutdown. One local business is offering feds the chance to get back to work. Kathlene Buchanan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Offices. She tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson why they decided to open their doors to feds as long as the government is closed.

Tom Lee
Lab Director
Sunlight Foundation

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Federal employees aren’t the only entities on furlough during the shutdown. Quite a few federal web sites have also gone dark. You won’t find updates from Census and Data.gov. Freedom of Information Act requests are on hold. Tom Lee is the lab director at the Sunlight Foundation. He’s been following the data during the partial shutdown. He talked about the scope of unavailable data.

Jack London
CACI International

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It’s hard to know who’s in charge on Capitol Hill. Is it the Democrats or Republicans? Whoever it is, it’s hard to see real, hard-charging leadership. One veteran of government and government contracting has some lessons in leadership he’d share with the lawmakers. CACI Chairman Jack London has written a new book: “Character: The Ultimate Success Factor.”

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety. A breakdown from Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.

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