Federal Drive Show Blog – January 6, 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:


Beth Frerking
Editor in Chief
National Law Journal

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts says Congressional stinginess is the biggest threat the judicial branch faces. In his annual report, Roberts warns that funding cuts are hurting the courts’ ability to serve Americans. Beth Frerking is editor in chief at National Law Journal. She has an analysis of the situation.

Robert Lemos
Technology Journalist and Contributor
Dark Reading

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If this year is anything like 2013, get ready for more aggressive cybersecurity breaches. As the recent hits on Target, Snapchat and Skype show, hackers are getting more sophisticated and bold. Robert Lemos tracks the cyber threat landscape for Dark Reading. He shares lessons from last year’s cyber attacks.

Michael Murray
Principal Adviser for Disability Policies and Programs
Office of Personnel Management

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People with disabilities make up a record percentage of new federal hires. That’s the good news, according to the Office of Personnel Management. But the absolute numbers are not so cheery. Together, agencies hired 16,000 people with disabilities. That’s not enough to keep pace with a presidential order to hire 100,000 people with disabilities over five years. Michael Murray is a principal adviser to OPM’s government-wide disability policies and programs.

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