Federal Drive Show Blog – February 21, 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:


Curt Hebert
Brunini Law Firm

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Imagine if the lights across America suddenly went dark, thanks to a hack attack on power grids. Cyber attacks on the electricity system are becoming more sophisticated and more common.

The Bipartisan Policy Center asked experts in energy operations and national security to compile recommendations to strengthen grid cybersecurity. Curt Hebert is a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman and report author.

Nelson Ludlow
Intellicheck Mobilisa

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The best way to control threats is to make sure they don’t enter the building. Millions of federal employees and contractors have ID cards, but there are lots of John Does out there.

One company says it has found a way to strengthen ID verification. Intellicheck Mobilisa specializes in making those ID cards smarter. CEO Nelson Ludlow says his company has developed a card reader that checks against threat databases.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The government prepares to implement cybersecurity continuous monitoring. Agencies have one week left to send the Office of Management and Budget their plans for moving to a dynamic approach to protect computers and networks. 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 Army has closed more than 100 data centers in the past three years as part of a major consolidation. Now it’s writing new guidance aligned with the Pentagon’s philosophy on data management. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more.

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Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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The Merit Systems Protection Board spooks federal hiring managers with a new report. It says they rely too much on certain things when evaluating job candidates. So what should managers be doing instead? Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler has more.

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