Federal Drive Show Blog – December 11, 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:


David Michaels
Assistant Secretary of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to post more workplace safety data online. A proposed rule would require large companies to file injury and illness reports electronically. Tom and Emily spoke with David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. He said many employers are currently keeping data and not reporting it to OSHA. This will be the first time that OSHA will collect this information.

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health

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What would you do if your program was handed $1 million from the President? That’s the question facing Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). On the recent 25th annual AIDS Day, President Barack Obama said the NIH would invest that much money over the next three fiscal years to boost research towards a cure. Tom and Emily spoke with Dr. Fauci about NIH’s plans to use the money.

Jim Read
Director of the Office of Policy & Evaluation
Merit Systems Protection Board

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It’s not easy to fire federal employees. That’s where clean records agreements come in. Agencies use them to lay employment-related claims to rest, avoid arbitration, settle and move on. However, the agreements bring complex details that could potentially set feds back to square one. The Merit Systems Protection Board has released a report to help agencies do it right the first time. Tom and Emily spoke with the director of the Office of Policy & Evaluation, Jim Read.

Michael Kennedy
Executive for Assured Interoperability
Information Sharing Environment

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An information-sharing website only works if people share information on it. The intelligence community is making it easier for more people to use its site: Intel-Link U. The site allows people to log on using smart identity cards known as HSPD-12 cards, which are advancing secure information sharing. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller spoke with Michael Kennedy, executive for assured interoperability at Information Sharing Environment.

Related Article: Intelink-U’s acceptance of HSPD-12 cards boosts identity management

Jared Serbu
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon has come up with lots of ways to save money, but many of those ideas aren’t passing on Capitol Hill. Federal News Radio’s DoD Reporter Jared Serbu takes a close look at what’s in and what’s left out of the 2014 Defense Authorization Bill.

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