Federal Drive Show Blog – February 28, 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:


Sandy Kweder
Deputy Director of the Office of New Drugs
Food and Drug Administration

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The Food and Drug Administration is changing the way it approves over-the-counter medicine. This includes pain relievers, sunscreens and even anti-fungal medicines. The agency wants to more quickly be able to introduce new forms of medicine, as researchers discover better ingredients. Sandy Kweder, deputy director of the Office of New Drugs at FDA, has more on this process

Kathryn Sullivan
Acting Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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The federal government has lots of facts and figures, but it doesn’t always know how to turn them into meaningful applications. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is the latest agency to ask for help in making its data useful for the public. Kathryn Sullivan is the acting undersecretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere and acting NOAA administrator.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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Some agencies offer buyouts to tempt their veteran employees to quit. Federal News Radio’s Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has details.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Want cloud computing services? Come June, agencies will be restricted to only those that meet governmentwide cybersecurity requirements under the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program, or FedRAMP. Next week, agencies must tell the Office of Management and Budget through PortfolioStat how much progress they’ve made towards that goal. Maria Roat is the General Services Administration’s FedRAMP director. She speaks with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller.

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Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon this week gave a preview of its fiscal 2015 budget request. President Barack Obama formally submits to Congress his entire budget request next week. Already people are sounding off. Federal News Radio’s Julia Ziegler recaps.

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