Federal Drive interviews — May 18

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:

Susan GrundmannChairwoman, Merit Systems Protection Board


The Merit Systems Protection Board is revising the rules by which it hears and decides federal employment cases for the first time since the agency opened its doors 33 years ago. Chairman Susan Grundmann calls the revision a “watershed event.” She told us why MSPB is making the changes. Final changes to the rules are expected this fall.

More MSPB News

Larry MeltonAssistant Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration

You might not think of IBM as a plumbing and heating contractor, but “Big Blue” will help reduce utility consumption in 50 big federal buildings. The General Services Administration has awarded a one-year contract to IBM to build an energy-monitoring system. GSA expects to save the government $15 million a year once it’s installed.

GSA hires IBM to run smart building initiative

Michael MeehanBoard Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

The Chinese government has been jamming radio and television signals of the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. That isn’t news. But now, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has devised what it calls a “holistic” plan to get past the censors.

Related: China rushes to erase activist from social media


DoT seeks help in assessing vulnerability to cyber attacks

House GOP heads off plan to end weapons programs

Analysis: Schmidt tenure as cyber czar a mixed bag

Friday morning federal headlines – May 18, 2012

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