Federal Drive Show Blog – May 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:


Tom Soderstrom
chief technology officer, Office of the Chief information Officer
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Not all big data is created equal. Tackling your information overload can either be a big risk or a big opportunity. A new Meritalk report sorts through the data solution toolbox to help you find just the right fit.

Kimberly Hancher
chief information officer
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Small agencies don’t have a lot of fat in their budgets. They are coping with sequestration by focusing on the small things. At the GITEC 2013 Summit, Tom Temin spoke with Kimberly Hancher, the chief information officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Hancher says her agency is finding savings here and there in its IT budget.

Ben Geman
staff writer
The Hill newspaper

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Two regulatory agencies need to quit squabbling and get along. The warning comes from Capitol Hill. Three senators say disputes between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are undermining efforts to monitor energy-commodity trading. Ben Geman has written about this for the Hill Newspaper.

Stan Soloway
Professional Services Council

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The General Services Administration is trying to launch a new contracting vehicle. It’s called One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, or OASIS. It is supposed to be a simple way for agencies to buy complex professional services. The Professional Services Council represents potential bidders. It sees problems with GSA’s draft solicitation.

From Our Reporters

The Internal Revenue Service accepts more than 80 percent of all tax returns electronically. So the systems that process the data are under enormous pressure to perform.

The IRS recently hired Unisys under two separate contracts to make sure its systems handle the annual influx of data and can return money to taxpayers.

PV Puvvada is the group vice president for civilian agencies for Unisys federal systems. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how the updated Enterprise Computing Center Support contract will help the IRS take money in and send out refunds more efficiently.


GSA’s ENERGY STAR Buildings Save Taxpayer Dollars (GSA)

Military Contractors Seek Clarity on Pentagon Cuts (The Wall Street Journal)

US regulators looking at dealing with social media (Federal News Radio)

Postal Service Delivers New Health Benefits Plan (USPS)

Furloughed to Fairways (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority)

Information sharing before bombings under review (Federal News Radio)

Obama naming NC’s Watt for housing post (Federal News Radio)

Obama picks Wheeler to head FCC (Federal News Radio)

Development of Ricin Vaccine to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approval (Army)

Cybersecurity Legislation Must Not Violate Americans’ Right to Privacy (White House)

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