Federal Drive Show Blog – January 27, 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:


Tim Barnhart
Federal Management Partners

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Every profession has its written and unwritten rules. When it comes to human resources or human capital management, you’re dealing with people. That means you can’t always go by what’s in a textbook.

Now a new, decidedly non-textbook deals with the real world of the federal workplace. It’s called Human Capital Management: What Really Works in Government. Author Tim Barnhart joined Tom and Emily.

Marcia Smith

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NASA fares better than most agencies in the fiscal 2014 budget. It has $120 million more to spend than last year. But with more money comes more responsibility. The agency is taking a closer look at Planet Earth, in part because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can’t afford the job. Marcia Smith is the editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com.

Brian Weeden
Former Missileer and Officer
Air Force

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the nuclear force following cheating and drug scandals, complaints of low morale and security slips. Senior leaders will look for management and training problems. A second, independent group of former officials will look more broadly at the enterprise. Brian Weeden, former missileer and Air Force officer, gives an inside look at the nuclear force.

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Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Army’s top officer says he can’t afford the Army he has, so it’s time to cut back on people and platforms. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on Gen. Ray Odierno’s plans for major acquisition programs.

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