Federal Drive Show Blog – February 14, 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:

Questions about moving to the cloud? Chat with FDA Chief Information Officer Todd Simpson on July 25, at 1:30 p.m.


Gene Dodaro
Comptroller General
Government Accountability Office

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The Government Accountability Office is putting the finishing touches on it’s next strategic plan. It will detail how GAO plans to support Congress and help improve performance of federal agencies. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro heads the GAO.

CIO shakeup at Treasury sign of similar moves at other agencies?

Jim Galler
Council 162 President
American Federation of Government Employees

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The Defense Contract Audit Agency and the American Federation of Government Employees have signed a new contract under a national bargaining council. It’s the first ever agency-wide labor contract. Jim Galler, DCAA’s council president, has the details.

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.)

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Pot is placing the federal government in a sticky situation. More states consider legalizing marijuana. That makes it tricky for the federal government to enforce the law on its books — the one that outlaws marijuana.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held the first hearing on the issue. The chairman, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), says there is “dramatic chaos” within the national drug policy.

JR Reagan
Federal Chief Innovation Officer and Principal
Deloitte Services

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JR Reagan has helped the National Institute of Standards and Technology develop the cybersecurity framework the White House unveiled this week. Reagan is the federal chief innovation officer and principal for Deloitte Services. His group also helped NIST conduct four public workshops over the past year. The framework is based on five core functions: Identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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New agency performance goals will likely be part of the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress. That request comes out on March 4. This would be the third time agencies updated their high priority goals. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, has details on agency progress toward current goals and what to expect from the new ones.

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Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Army’s latest effort to rapidly deploy new innovations to the battlefield is a new spin on crowdsourcing. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the service is testing out a new concept that asks soldiers to identify combat challenges and lets the public help solve them.

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Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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In a winter where the D.C. region has seen its fair share of snow and ice, has telework been a saving grace for government agencies? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has more.

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