Federal Drive Show Blog – January 28, 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:


Gary Cantrell
Deputy Inspector General for Investigations
Health and Human Services

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It’s getting tougher to commit health care fraud against the government. An analysis by Syracuse University shows prosecutions rose to 377, a new high, in fiscal 2013. The Justice Department credits a SWAT-team-like approach to nabbing fraudsters. Gary Cantrell is deputy inspector general for investigations at Health and Human Services. His office launches many of the investigations.

Bob Cusack
Managing Editor
The Hill Newspaper

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It’s that time again. The President gives his State of the Union message to Congress, as prescribed by the Constitution. Back in 1790, George Washington took just six minutes to deliver his speech. President Obama will probably take an hour tonight. So what’s in it for you? Bob Cusack is managing editor of the Hill Newspaper, and he breaks it down.

Mike Edrington
Defense Imagery Management Operations Center

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The Defense Department is spending $5 million to digitize and archive priceless historic images. But officials are facing two problems. 1) A massive backlog and 2) the possibility of the material deteriorating before it reaches the National Archives. Mike Edrington has more details on the effort. He is director of the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center.

John Kagia
Director of Strategy and Insight

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It looks as if the world of federal contracting is starting to settle back down following a year of sequestration and government shutdowns. But budgets are flat. The market is more competitive than ever. The federal market research firm ORI has canvassed contractors and learned a few things. John Kagia is director of Strategy and Insight at ORI.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Political leaders long have told the military to make its bases more energy independent. Well, the Defense Department listens. A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds DoD is mostly using private capital to boost energy security. Phyllis Cuttino leads Pew’s clean energy program. She speaks with Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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