Federal Drive interviews — Aug. 15

Melanie Pustay of the Justice Department discusses FOIA requests. Tim Burke talks about GSA's City Pairs Program. Booz Allen Hamilton's Michael Isman reviews th...

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Today’s guests:

Melanie Pustaydirector, Office of Information Policy, Justice Department

Federal agencies still have long backlogs of Freedom of Information Act requests. But they’ve made progress in meeting FOIA guidelines issued by Attorney General Eric Holder. The latest assessment tells how agencies did last year in five areas: presumption of openness, increasing efficiency, pushing out information, using technology and reducing backlogs.

Tim Burkedirector of travel transportation services, General Services Administration

The City Pairs Program at the General Services Administration has been negotiating lower rates and better flexibility for agency travel for decades. It just released its new deal for 2013, and for the first time, it includes fewer flights.

Michael Ismanvice president, Booz Allen Hamilton

More agencies are letting employees use personal devices on federal networks. The goal is to make feds happier and reduce costs, because they can save on IT. But the move also brings risk to networks and productivity.

Read more: BYOD part of new ‘digital ecosytem’

Jeremy Herbstaff writer, The Hill

Federal News Radio hasn’t heard much from Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney about his specific ideas, but his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a long history as a budget hawk.

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Deficit-warrior Ryan sees national security as a budget issue

Romney’s VP pick targeted fed pay, benefits

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