Federal Drive Show Blog – December 9, 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:


Kathy Benson

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October was a bummer. Not just for federal employees, but pretty much for everyone. The market research firm ORI says the government shutdown affected 79 percent of organizations it surveyed for a new report. Co-Founder Kathy Benson has details.

Dr. Kathleen Ethier
Acting Associate Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Management experts agree, you get what you measure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set out to tackle six public health challenges it dubbed Winnable Battles. It set concrete metrics and measured progress against them. Now the CDC has issued a report card on the Winnable Battles. It shows mixed results. Kathleen Ethier is CDC’s acting associate director.

Kathy Hanson
Chief of Learning and Development
National Park Service

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Tight budgets always seem to squeeze training and development. At the National Park Service, management faces two challenges related to its people: The workforce is aging, and the latest governmentwide employee viewpoint survey showed the agency has some work to do in keeping employees energized. Kathy Hanson is chief of learning and development at NPS. She explains how her team is tackling the problems.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Intelligence Agency is launching a project that it says will get around the notoriously slow procurement process for information technology and open the field to more innovators. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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