Federal Drive Show Blog – May 10, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories...

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:

Reta Jo Lewis
Executive Women in Government

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Women who reach the upper ranks of civil service management have their own shared interest group. It goes by the name, Executive Women in Government. Now EWG has a special education program in leadership, thanks to a partnership with American University.

Jeff Neal
senior vice president
ICF International

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The Office of Personnel Management has told agencies get ready to change the way you think about HR. No longer are personnel decisions supposed to be something that human resources departments figure out. OPM is working with the White House on ways to work human-capital decisions into agencies’ mission strategies. They say expect new regulations soon. For insight we turn to Jeff Neal, senior vice president at ICF International and former chief human capital officer of the Homeland Security Department.

Ed Zurndorfer
registered employee benefit consultant

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It’s a dream shared by many – retiring overseas. But boy, can it get complicated financially. Registered Employee Benefit Consultant Ed Zurndorfer has just returned from a trip abroad, where he met a few expats who have managed to do it. He joins us now with some tips for federal workers who want to turn that dream into reality.

Hans Kristensen
director, Nuclear Information Project
Federation of American Scientists

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Deep in a bunker at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Air Force duty officers wait for orders that may never come. They guard, and launch on orders from the president, a portion of the nation’s nuclear tipped Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles. Seventeen of the officers were pulled off duty after receiving barely passing grades on an inspection. Was it a case of bad attitude or was the nuclear mission in danger?

From Our Reporters

The Defense Department is responding to what it calls a “failure” by its new contractor for health care services in the Western U.S. Patients and providers have been waiting weeks to get pre-authorization for care by medical specialists, so DoD says for the time being, TRICARE beneficiaries can see those specialists with just their primary care physician’s say-so. Rep. Doug Lamborn’s (R-Colo.) district includes several military bases, including the Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base. He says he started hearing from constituents almost as soon as the new TRICARE contractor took over. DoD Reporter Jared Serbu files this report.

The White House is ushering in a new normal when it comes managing the federal government’s trove of data. The administration’s new policy and executive order issued yesterday are the forcing functions that have been missing over the last decade. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller provides details of and reaction to the new executive order and policy on open data.


Boston chief: Wasn’t told FBI got Tsarnaev warning (Federal News Radio)


FAA to staff 72 airport control towers at night (Federal News Radio)

Obama’s EPA nominee stalled as Republicans boycott vote (Reuters)

KC-46 Base Decision Coming This Month (DefenseNews)

3 relieved of command in Marine training accident (Federal News Radio)

Global network of hackers steal $45m from ATMs (Federal News Radio)

Advance Notification Service for the May 2013 Security Bulletin Release (Microsoft)

Microsoft rushes IE8 zero-day fix into next week’s Patch Tuesday (Computerworld)

Bring Federal Conferences Back to Las Vegas, Lawmakers Say (Government Executive)

Kerry says he’ll answer questions on Benghazi (Federal News Radio)

Will sequestration, retirement wave derail OPM’s backlog goal (Federal News Radio)

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