Federal Drive Show Blog – November 4, 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
Defense Analyst
Bloomberg Government

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Each fiscal year presents new challenges for the Defense Department. And it’s only going to get tougher. Defense experts say DoD has to to adjust its strategy in light of continued declines, both from sequestration and from earlier budget agreements. For the latest study on the future of DoD procurement, Tom and Emily spoke to Bloomberg’s defense analyst, Kevin Brancato.

Sean Moulton
Director of Open Government Policy
Center for Effective Government

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The Obama Administration says it’s making strides to make information easily accessible to people. It announced a fresh set of commitments last week at the summit of the global Open Government Partnership. The director of Open Government Policy at the Center for Effective Government, Sean Moulton, has more.

Judith Shapiro


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The federal government is in the midst of overhauling the process and criteria for how it recognizes Indian tribes. Is this something that needs to be done? Attorney Judith Shapiro is a Washington sole-practitioner who represents Indian tribes. She says the process very much needs changing.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is expected to debate a new version of the DATA Act this week. Jason Miller has details on this and other stories in his Inside the Reporter’s Notebook.

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