Federal Drive Show Blog – February 20, 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.

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Tim DiNapoli
Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues
Government Accountability Office

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Does the intelligence community know who has access to sensitive information? Maybe not. The Government Accountability Office says the Director of National Intelligence isn’t taking an accurate count of so-called “core contractors,” the body shops that supply personnel. Tim DiNapoli is the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO.

Congress considers BRAC-like initiative for VA properties

Tim Gallagher
Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Division, Washington Field Office

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The FBI’s Washington field office is asking for the public’s help to identify corruption in Northern Virginia. It cites a recent case of motor vehicle officials accepting bribes from illegal aliens and a local fire chief who admitted stealing funds from a federal grant. The notice says public corruption is the FBI’s number one criminal investigative priority. Tim Gallagher is a special agent in charge for the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Criminal Division.

Joe Petrillo
Petrillo & Powell

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Small business contracting rules are like Chicago weather. If you don’t like them, just wait a minute. The SBA has just completed another round of revisions to the canon. Attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo & Powell tells you what you need to know.

Sam Visner
Vice President and General Manager
CSC Global Cybersecurity

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The Edward Snowden affair touched off a national debate about surveillance. But for people worried about cybersecurity, it renewed questions on what to do about possibly the most dangerous threat — namely, the trusted insider. Sam Visner, vice president and general manager of CSC Global Security, offers his perspective.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Employee morale at the Homeland Security Department is starting to improve. While the annual Employee Viewpoint Survey may not show it, the consistent attention to changing the agency’s culture is beginning to pay off. Rafael Borras is the former undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He recently left DHS to return to the private sector. In part 2 of his exclusive interview, he tells Executive Editor Jason Miller how DHS has improved employee morale over the last few years.

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Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Defense Department has a new strategy for using the electromagnetic spectrum. It will call for new ways of thinking about how to divvy up radio waves between commercial users and the federal government. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, DoD doesn’t think it can afford to continue selling off large chunks of spectrum to the wireless industry.

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