Federal Drive Show Blog – November 22, 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:


Ralph Basham
Former Director
Secret Service

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People watching President Barack Obama today could be forgiven if they get a slight shiver when thinking about what happened 50 years ago on this day. So much changed with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, including the Secret Service. Former Secret Service Director Ralph Basham offered his perspective.

Kevin Washburn
Assistant Interior Secretary for Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior

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In an effort to restore tribal homelands, the Obama Administration is planning to put .5 million acres of land into trust by the end of the President’s term in office. The task falls to the Interior Department. Officials there recently helped welcome all 566 federally recognized tribes to a White House summit. Kevin Washburn is the assistant interior secretary for Indian Affairs.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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State and federal consumer protection officials told Congress this week that servicemembers need greater protections from predatory lenders and other shady businesses. That includes more consumer education and law enforcement. Details from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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A new report from the Congressional Budget Office suggests a lot of money could be saved through more cuts to federal pay and benefits — $300 billion to be exact. Federal employees are sounding off on FederalNewsRadio.com. Web Manager Julia Ziegler tells Tom and Emily what feds are saying.

Federal Drive Co-Host Tom Temin was live at the AFCEA DC Mobile Technologies Symposium. Listen to Tom’s interviews on our conference page.

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