Federal Drive Show Blog – October 9, 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:


Kevin Brancato
Senior Defense Analyst
Bloomberg Government

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When and if fiscal 2014 arrives, it will bring lots of new opportunities for federal contractors. Bloomberg government has put together a list of 20 of the biggest opportunities. Kevin Brancato is a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Take fewer resources, and add in more mandates and a shrinking workforce. Federal chief financial officers say it’s a recipe for disaster. A new survey by the Association of Government Accountants and Grant Thornton finds federal CFOs cannot do more than the basics of financial management. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller has details and analysis of AGA’s 18th annual CFO survey.

Mark Gaston Pearce
National Labor Relations Board

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Talk about a skeleton crew. The government shutdown has reduced the National Labor Relations Board to the board members themselves, the acting general counsel, the executive secretary, the solicitor, the CIO and the director of security. Just 11 people out of more then 1,600 employees. The general counsel side and the board side each have their respective duties. But Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce says the few people working on the general counsel side are looking out for the board.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee are nearing agreement on a cybersecurity bill. It’s meant to encourage companies to share cyber threat information with each other and the government. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports.

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