Federal Drive Show Blog – January 13, 2014

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:


Francesca Grifo
Scientific Integrity Official
Environmental Protection Agency

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Facts don’t lie, but sometimes it seems they’re open to interpretation. Francesca Grifo once lobbied for better scientific integrity policies at federal agencies as an advocate with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Now, it’s her job to implement one of them. She joined Tom and Emily to discuss her new role at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Joel Gurin
Director of the Open Data 500 Project
New York University

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The White House has pushed agencies to make their data available for anyone to use. Now, after a few years of data-paloozas and app contests comes an outside look at the open government initiative.

New York University’s GovLab studied 500 companies that use federal, as well as state and local, government data. Joel Gurin is the director of the Open Data 500 Project.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Two military academies reported fewer sexual assaults during the most recent school year. But the Pentagon says it doesn’t have the data to know whether sexual assaults are decreasing. Federal News Radio’s DoD Reporter Jared Serbu explains.

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