Federal Drive Interviews — April 1, 2013

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:


David Castelveter

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Wounded warriors are getting white-glove treatment at airports now. The Transportation Security Administration is letting severely injured service members go through checkpoints without removing their shoes, jackets or hats. The agency offers curb-to-gate help too. TSA says the revision is to honor service members’ sacrifice. Recent media reports and blogs have criticized airport screeners for giving some wounded warriors a hard time at checkpoints. But TSA spokesman David Castelveter says this policy has been a long time coming.

Nela Richardson
finance analyst
Bloomberg Government

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Mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have cost taxpayers more than $130 billion. Now signs of a major overhaul are appearing. The Wall Street Journal reported a few weeks ago, The Federal Housing Finance Agency will form a third company to become the operational wing for both Fannie and Freddie. Later, it could provide the foundation for what Congress decides will replace them. Fannie and Freddie together repackage 90 percent of home mortgages in the United States. FHFA acting director Edward DeMarco announced the new entity at a Washington meeting of economists, but declined to come on the air.

Dr. Jeff Bazarian
associate professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery
University of Rochester Medical Center

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been the nation’s longest. You might be a little surprised to find they’ve produced 2.2 million veterans. Now a new study presented to Congress by the Institute of Medicine details just how much it will cost to care for many of these veterans for decades to come. Not just in dollars but also in effort. One of the study’s authors is Jeff Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine and neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Tom Savel
director of the Informatics Research and Development Activity
Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office, CDC

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Public health is one of those fields that lives on data. In fact, public health practitioners probably have more data than they can deal with. One answer to that is the Public Health Informatics Research Cloud. It’s built and operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Joining us to tell us what it is and what it will do is Tom Savel, CDC’s director of the Informatics Research and Development.


Monday morning federal headlines – April 1, 2013
The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air. In today’s news, Dell is blaming Microsoft for some of its financial problems and CDW Government, one of the government’s biggest technology contractors, will pay $5.6 million to settle false claims allegations.

From Our Reporters

  • Unless Congress makes some unexpected moves to change sequestration, most of DoD’s civilian workforce will be furloughed for one day a week beginning in mid-to-late June. But regardless of what happens with the budget next year, the Pentagon is promising there will be no furloughs in 2014. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.

DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update

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