Federal Drive Interviews — Jan. 30, 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:

Melinda Wharton
acting director
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC

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Whooping cough, measles and flu, oh my! Sounds bad and can even be fatal. But then why don’t more people get shots to prevent them? No, that medicine-soaked sugar cube you had in grade school doesn’t mean you are protected now. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to find out.

Pat Niehaus
Federal Managers Association

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The Defense Department says civilian employees should expect hiring freezes, the loss of temporary workers and possibly furloughs if Congress doesn’t pass a bill to prevent automatic budget cuts. Pat Niehaus, president of the Federal Managers Association, is like most of the Association’s members. She’s a civilian manager at the Defense Department. She says they’re all bracing for pain.

Sheryl Shenberger
National Archives National Declassification Center

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The National Archives is celebrating a milestone in its effort to release old formerly classified records. Its National Declassification Center has unclogged its backlog, which was once 361 million pages long. The Center’s director Sheryl Shenberger says employees worked overtime, cracking open dusty boxes and deciphering old notes in project folders.

Alex Bolton
senior staff writer
The Hill newspaper

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In a bold move this week, a bipartisan group of senators announced shared principles for immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S. But what would a new law following these principles look like for the federal government? For answers, we turn now to Alex Bolton, senior staff writer at The Hill newspaper.


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