Federal Drive Show Blog – March 12, 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:


Tom Berger
Executive Director of the Veterans Health Council
Vietnam Veterans of America

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Vietnam-era veterans sue the Defense Department over its treatment of their post-traumatic stress. They want the military to re-evaluate their cases in light of current understanding of PTSD. Tom Berger is executive director of the Veterans Health Council at the Vietnam Veterans of America. It’s organizing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Susan Tsui Grundmann
Merit Systems Protection Board

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You might have put last year’s furloughs out of your mind, and who can blame you? But for one agency, your bad memory is its present struggle. The Merit Systems Protection Board is working through more than 32,000 furlough appeals. Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann says most of the cases are now assigned to administrative judges and are in the hearing process. The board is also asking Congress for an additional $6 million in 2015, on top of the $42 million allotted by the White House.

Jitinder Kohli
Director in the Public Sector Practice

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A week ago we learned the numbers. Now we are learning the thinking behind the President’s 2015 budget request. The Government Printing Office has released the Analytical Perspectives, which describe some of the government strategies the administration has in mind. Jitinder Kohli, a director in Deloitte’s public sector practice, gives his analysis.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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The way agencies develop regulations is about to change. Senators and the White House agree, the time is ripe to transform a process too long and complex. 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 Freedom of Information Act is just one law. But each of the 99 agencies subject to it has its own rules for responding to open records requests. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, that’s about to change.

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