Federal Drive Show Blog – February 12, 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:


Evan Lesser
Managing Director
Clearance Jobs

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A Congressional report casts more doubt on the government’s ability to do background checks. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examined the case of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, a contractor, with a history of mental problems and a security clearance. The panel suggests there may be a legislative fix.

Evan Lesser digs into the findings. He’s managing director of Clearance Jobs, an online network for security-cleared professionals.

Chris Strohm
Bloomberg News

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The Obama administration is about to release a final cybersecurity strategy for private operators of critical infrastructure. The executive action comes as Congress struggles to pass cyber legislation and as hackers attack major retailers like Target, exposing financial information of millions of customers. Chris Strohm has been covering this development for Bloomberg News.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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You’ve heard of the seven deadly sins and the five stages of grief. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is going through four phases of geospatial information integration. It’s in phase three, preparing to enter phase phone. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, has details.

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Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon is struggling to meet its latest Congressional mandates to get its financial statements in audit-ready condition by 2017. But leaders say 2015 will be a major stepping stone. For the first time, all of the Defense Department will go through a partial financial audit. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

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