Federal Drive Show Blog – February 11, 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:


AGA Leadership Conference

The Federal Drive’s Tom Temin was live at the Association of Government Accountants annual Leadership Training event today. Listen to Tom’s interviews with Margo Sheridan, DoD’s director of Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness, and Dennis Taitano, the Navy’s deputy assistant secretary for Financial Operations, on the military’s path to audit readiness, by visiting our conference page.

John Palguta
Vice President for Policy
Partnership for Public Service

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The military has launched an ethics review following allegations of cheating, contracting kickbacks and more. For some perspective on ethics in the federal government, Tom and Emily spoke to John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service. He told them about the training all federal employees receive.

Jennifer Lynch
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Want a drone but low on cash? Borrow one. Customs and Border Protection has shared its drones nearly 700 times in the past three years. That’s according to agency flight logs obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation through an open records request. A lot of questions remain about drone safety and usefulness. Recently, CBP grounded a fleet after a mechanical failure forced it to crash one in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego. Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, spoke to Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson about what she found in the documents.

Bob Cusack
Managing Editor
The Hill

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It’s debt ceiling time again. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government won’t be able to pay its bills after Feb. 27. On Capitol Hill, members are negotiating fast and furiously. Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill newspaper, spoke with Emily and Tom about the negotiations.

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