Federal Drive Show Blog – February 5, 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:

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Chris Harmon
Matthew Horner Chair
Marine Corps University Foundation

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says the United States faces more global threats now than at any time in his half-century career. How effective are U.S. counterterrorism efforts, and what are some of the big obstacles?

For answers, Tom and Emily turned to Chris Harmon. He holds the Matthew Horner Chair at Marine Corps University Foundation and is author of a new book, “The Citizens Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism.”

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Rob Scott
Managing Partner
Scott & Scott, LLP

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The Army was recently forced to shell out $50 million to settle a copyright infringement case with a software company, Apptricity. The company accused the Army of installing thousands of copies of Apptricity it had no licenses for.

It’s a surprisingly common problem, and it can cost you big. Licensing and intellectual property expert Rob Scott has advice for how to avoid your own software licensing fiasco. He’s managing partner of the Dallas law firm Scott & Scott. LLP.

David Wholley
Director of the Biomarkers Consortium
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

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The National Institutes of Health is organizing a consortium of 10 big drug companies. Researchers will collaborate on finding breakthrough treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s, lupus and diabetes. This new arrangement is the biggest instance of a trend in the way NIH approaches big problems.

Helping the agency in these efforts is a non-profit called the NIH Foundation. David Wholley is the director of the Biomarkers Consortium at the Foundation.

Lauren Larson
Coordinating Producer
Federal News Radio

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Competition for federal contract awards is getting tougher. Small business leaders in Northern Virginia get some tips on winning defense contracts. Among the advice: don’t ignore the obvious. Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson reports from the AFCEA-NOVA WIN breakfast.

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Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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People are different. That goes for inspectors general, too. Inconsistency in how they review agency cybersecurity is causing confusion. Some agencies are getting better at securing their networks, but that’s not reflected in their auditors’ annual reports to Congress. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, explores the disconnect.

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Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Army officials are disclosing details of a multi-year criminal investigation that tarnishes one of the military’s most successful recruiting programs. Investigators have uncovered tens of billions of dollars in fraudulent payments, and the program itself appears to violate federal law in several ways. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has details.

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