Federal Drive Show Blog – December 20, 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 Berteau
Senior Vice President and Director
International Security Program

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Nothing says more about an organization’s goals and priorities than the way it spends its money. The Center for Strategic and International Studies has just concluded its third annual look at trends in DoD contracting. David Berteau, senior vice president and director of the international security program, explains what the researchers found.

Kate Lister
Global Workplace Analytics

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More agencies now consider telework a key part of their emergency plans. That’s one finding in a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The agency is charting the rise in telework per a 2010 law. Kate Lister is the president of the research and consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics. One bright spot she sees: More federal employees can, at least on paper, work outside the office.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The Veterans Affairs Department still struggles to protect the personal information of millions of veterans. A new audit shows VA is failing to take basic steps to secure its computers and data. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, has exclusive details.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The General Services Administration has landed its first big federal agency customer for its nascent OASIS project. The Air Force has signed up. It will make OASIS its primary path to professional services. Randall Culpepper is the Air Force’s program executive officer for combat and mission support. He tells Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu, the decision is part of the Air Force’s push to tackle service contracting as a single enterprise.

Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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100 wasteful government projects cost taxpayers $30 billion in 2013. At least, that’s the way Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sees it. It’s all spelled out in his latest report. Federal employees are starting to react. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has more on what you’re saying about Coburn’s assessment.

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