Federal Drive Show Blog – December 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:


Afzal Bari
Financial Analyst
Bloomberg Government

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For more than a decade and a half, the Blackberry has been the ubiquitous belt or purse accessory for the armies of bureaucrats and contractors swarming around Washington and anywhere the federal government has a big presence. A secure Blackberry was one of President-elect Barack Obama’s first requests.

But the company has fallen on hard times, and its future is uncertain. Bloomberg Government financial analyst Afzal Bari explains what this means for the federal mobility market.

Everett Jordan
Director of Education
The Apprentice School

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Huntington Ingalls, a major shipbuilder, is breaking ground on a new campus for future employees in Newport News, Va. The century-old Apprentice School trains students to build and repair parts for the Navy’s aircraft carriers, submarines and other vessels. Everett Jordan is the director of education for the Apprentice School.

John Keith Schwarz
Combined Federal Campaign Program Manager
USPS Headquarters

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This holiday season, Federal News Radio has been talking with agencies about their Combined Federal Campaign efforts. The Postal Service is one of the lucky few agencies that was not affected by the government shutdown in October. Its campaign has gone on as scheduled. John Keith Schwarz is the CFC Program Manager at the Postal Service Headquarters.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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In light of the systemic technology and procurement management problems of HealthCare.gov, a vocal group of former and current federal officials is calling for a return to the Raines Rules.

Paul Brubaker is director of planning and performance management for the Defense Department’s deputy chief management officer. Mark Forman is CEO of Government Transaction Services and a former White House IT official. Both also played key roles in writing the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, which currently governs federal IT management. Brubaker and Forman tell Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about why a return to Raines Rules is needed now more than ever.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Congress is considering reforms to the contracting process for federal building construction. Industry advocates say current agency practices are chasing away qualified contractors, wasting money and stifling competition. Details from Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.

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