Federal Drive Show Blog – October 18, 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:


Cindy Blythe
Management Program Analyst
Coast Guard

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For some federal employees, this shutdown was déjà vu all over again. Cindy Blythe is a management program analyst with the Coast Guard. She had survived the 1995-1996 shutdown. When we spoke to her on Oct. 1, she said the current one was forcing her family to make some tough financial decisions. But, she told us, “this too shall pass.” Emily called Cindy to see how she’s faring now.

Josh Gray
Vice President of Research

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The shutdown forced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent to furlough nearly 70 percent of its workforce during flu season. CDC Director Tom Frieden noted, microbes and other threats did not shut down. So one company took it upon itself to monitor them. Josh Gray is the vice president of research at AthenaHealth.

Dennis McGinn
Head of Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force

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It’s been a month and two days since Aaron Alexis gunned down a dozen colleagues at the Washington Navy Yard. Now the Navy has appointed a task force to oversee the recovery — both of its operations and employees. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has directed Retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn to lead the Task Force.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Help is on the way for agencies to move to a more dynamic approach to protect their computer networks and systems. And the best part? It’s free. The Homeland Security Department and the SANS Institute are partnering to give assistance to federal chief information security officers and their staffs in climbing the hill to meet the administration’s requirements to continuously monitor their computer systems. John Pescatore is the director of emerging security trends for SANS. He tells Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller about this new free training course that they hope will lead to better cybersecurity across the government.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Tallying the total costs of the government shutdown is not a simple task, but in the Defense Department, officials say at least $600 million went to waste. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Julia Ziegler
Web Operations Manager
Federal News Radio

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The government shutdown is officially over, but its impact is likely to be felt for weeks, months and even years ahead. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has more.

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