Federal Drive Show Blog – December 17, 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:


Alex Bolton
Senior Staff Writer
The Hill Newspaper

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Today is the day for a key vote — one of several in the Senate — on a two-year federal budget deal. There are plenty of other items on the upper chamber’s to-do list for this week. Alex Bolton is a senior staff writer at The Hill Newspaper.

Sandi Edwards
Senior Vice President
AMA Enterprise

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People don’t change much, but approaches to training and retaining so-called human capital are always evolving. Sandi Edwards is a senior vice president at AMA Enterprise. This part of the American Management Association provides human resources programs and support to federal agencies and the private sector. She discussed how federal human capital management and training compare to practices in the private sector.

Pravina Raghavan
Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Investment and Innovation
Small Business Administration

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One of the Obama Administration’s first online innovations is growing up. RFP-EZ is a tool meant to help small businesses navigate the federal procurement process and help federal agencies meet their small business contracting goals. Pravina Raghavan is the deputy associate administrator in the Office of Investment and Innovation at SBA. She takes a look at what’s next for RFP-EZ.

Dr. Janet Woodcock
Director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration

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What keeps Food and Drug Administration regulators up at night? Fears that the nation could run out of critical medicine. The FDA recently proposed regulations, along with a strategic plan for preventing drug shortages. Dr. Janet Woodcock is director for drug evaluation and research at FDA. She tells more about what the FDA is doing.

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