Federal Drive interviews — June 19

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:

Avinash Karlawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Food and Drug Administration might be forced to take action it has been avoiding. The questions are whether routinely feeding cattle antibiotics increases the risk to humans from resistant bacteria and whether the FDA is legally obligated to look deeper into the matter. Avinash Kar, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses an FDA decision to skip doing a study of whether cattle feeding practices are safe.

Joseph Petrillofederal contract attorney, Petrillo and Powell

More than 2,000 bid protests are filed each year against the government, but are some contractors more trigger happy than others? In our series Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer we took a look at an exhaustive study of bid contracts by Steven Maser of Willamette University. Federal contract attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell offers another perspective.

Agencies have much to learn from bid protest process

Bill Woodsdirector of Acquisition Issues, Government Accountability Office

The General Services Administration relies heavily on a particular record-keeping system developed by the company Dun and Bradstreet to keep track of contractors. The agency’s increasing reliance on so-called “duns” numbers is raising alarm bells. Bill Woods is the director of Acquisition Issues at the Government Accountability Office. He’s written a new report calling for GSA to back away

READ MORE: GSA considers alternatives to contractor DUNS numbers

Jamison Cusheditor, TabletPC Review

Microsoft is entering the tablet market. How will this affect federal employees who want to bring their own device to work?

Charles Scovillechief of the Amputee Patient Care Service, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

If you showed up at the center in the DC suburbs where Charles Scoville works, you might think he was training Olympic athletes. But take a look closer, and you’ll see that he’s working with veteran amputees. Starting in 2007, Scoville developed a new approach to amputees that stressed sports medicine and athleticism. Now his patients are climbing Mount Everest, competing in triathlons and even returning to active duty.