Federal Drive Interviews — April 2, 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:


Joseph Petrillo
procurement attorney
Petrillo and Powell

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In the latest National Defense Authorization Act, Congress tweaked many of the rules for small business. For instance, the mentor-protege program is open to more companies. The formulas for subcontracting have changed.

Don Kettl
dean of the School of Public Policy
University of Maryland

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A year ago today, the General Services Administration’s inspector general published a report that would send shockwaves throughout the government. It described a Las Vegas training conference complete with lavish parties, clowns and a mind reader. Don Kettl, dean of the school of public policy at the University of Maryland, talks about that report’s impact on the federal government.

Special Report: Shakeup at the GSA

John Palguta
vice president of policy and research
Partnership for Public Service

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Maybe you’ll be furloughed this summer or not. Agencies are still tweaking their plans to cope with the sequester. Employees are making their own plans and adjustments too. John Palguta is the vice president of policy and research at Partnership for Public Service and join us to talk about how each side is preparing to deal with the changes.

Dr. Steve Fuller
director, Center for Regional Analysis
School of Public Policy, George Mason University

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The doom and gloom projections of sequestration may not be as dire as first believed. A leading critic, George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller, says the use of employee furloughs instead of layoffs at federal agencies will soften the impact more than he first thought.


Tuesday morning federal headlines – April 2, 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, the Congressional Budget Office is detailing just how much unemployment benefits have cost taxpayers over the past few years and former Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Schapiro has landed a big D.C. consulting gig.

From our reporters

The Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to act like journalists when it comes to their investments. OMB’s update to the PortfolioStat program requires agencies to answer three basic questions. Steve VanRoekel, thefederal chief information officer, tells executive editor Jason Miller how OMB has reduced the number of reports agencies have to send to them and focused the information that’s in those reports.

DoD Report

Cybersecurity Update

Another top cybersecurity official is saying goodbye to the Department of Homeland Security. Alma Cole will leave his post as chief systems security officer at Customs and Border Protection next month. At Customs, Cole has led efforts to develop cyber strategy and security architecture. Before that, he led the DHS’ security operations center, which handles incident response and continuous monitoring. Cole is joining the Alexandria-based firm Robbins-Gioia. He is just the most recent in a handful of cyber leaders at DHS to leave for the private sector. (Federal News Radio)

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