Federal Drive Show Blog – November 7, 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:


Debra Roth
Shaw, Bransford and Roth

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For more than two years, conservative political groups have complained of unfair treatment by the IRS. Unequal treatment by the tax exempt organization has cost a couple of IRS managers their jobs. But a mystery surrounds the identity of one IRS employee who leaked a tax return of the National Organization for Marriage, to its opponent, the Human Rights Campaign. The identity of the employee has become known to the House Ways and Means Committee. But because of IRS privacy rules, he or she remains anonymous. In our weekly Legal Loop segment, we asked attorney Debra Roth if the IRS has different rules than other agencies.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday approved its version of the DATA Act. The approval sets in motion a short path toward new requirements for agencies to standardize and make data more accessible. But some agency leaders who would be charged with implementing the bill are unsure the DATA Act can be implemented successfully. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller provides details on the bill and the growing concerns.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Several longtime veterans of the Defense Department’s budget process on Capitol Hill say the source of DoD’s current budget turmoil isn’t just political infighting. Instead, it’s a general disengagement among members of Congress from the traditional process of passing budgets and legislation.

Tina Cheatham
CFC Manager
Department of Health and Human Services

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This year, the Combined Federal Campaign is focusing on the people behind the charitable donations. “I make it possible” is the new slogan of the world’s largest workplace fundraiser. The CFC is actually comprised of nearly 200 smaller campaigns throughout the world.

Andrew O’Brien
Special Representative for Global Partnerships
State Department

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Early on in the first term, the Obama administration established the Veterans Employment Initiative.. It’s designed to help veterans find employment within the federal government. The State Department has built on this initiative with a program it calls the Veterans Innovation Partnership. The VIP aims to enhance both veterans’ careers and the State Department mission.

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