Federal Drive Show Blog – May 22, 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:

John Landwehr
vice president for government solutions

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A major software application vendor is doing away with DVDs and the boxed sets its software come in. Instead, customers will download everything from the Internet. Adobe is also changing its licensing model, moving closer to the software-as-a-service, cloud model. Customers will license products by the month per user, instead of buying a perpetual license.

Chris Smith
director of Enterprise Architecture and Service Engagement
SAS Federal

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Government has more data than it knows what to do with. But data is like a wheat crop without a threshing machine to separate out the chaff. Analytics is the equivalent of the thresher for data. Homeland Security, through U.S. CERT, collects a lot of data. Chris Smith, director of Enterprise Architecture and Service Engagement at SAS Federal, describes how the department can coax usable information out of all the data it collects.

Bernie Becker
staff writer
The Hill newspaper

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It’s the third day of Congressional hearings examining why the IRS targeted conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. IRS officials who already testified insisted employees were not acting out of partisanship. Today’s star witness is staying mum. Division leader Lois Lerner has decided to plead the Fifth.

Roberta Shaffer
associate librarian for library services
Library of Congress

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The Dewey decimal system may be going the way of the rotary phone, but federal libraries have kept up with their customers’ thirst for information. Later today, the Federal Library and Information Network or FEDLINK will honor the winners of its federal librarianship awards.

From Our Reporters

The FedRAMP cloud cybersecurity process is building steam toward full operational capability later this year. The program achieved a major milestone with the first agency-approved cloud service. The Department of Health and Human Services determined Amazon Web Services met the security controls under FedRAMP and granted them the authority to operate on its networks. Teresa Carlson, Amazon’s vice president of the worldwide public sector division, and Dave McClure, the General Services Administration’s associate administrator in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, sat down with Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller at the Management of Change Conference in Cambridge, Md., to discuss what Amazon’s approval means for the government.


Pentagon wants $450M for Guantanamo prison (Federal News Radio)

Government Executive (Government Executive)

House GOP panel moves on deep budget cuts (Federal News Radio)

IRS official to take the 5th at House hearing (Federal News Radio)

OMB director taps VanRoekel to lead management team (Federal News Radio)

Federal Aid Programs for State of Oklahoma Disaster Recovery (FEMA)

USDA Offers Assistance to Tornado Victims (USDA)

HUD announces foreclosure protection for Oklahoma storm victims (HUD)

House Oversight Committee to Mark Up Ross’s Bill That Would Save Taxpayer Dollars (Rep. Dennis Ross)

House panel seeks to curb military sexual assaults (Federal News Radio)

DoD to pursue commercial alternative to VA’s VistA (Federal News Radio)

House to Launch Supply Chain Cybersecurity Working Group (Broadcasting & Cable)

Contractors ask GSA to freeze cyber-related regulations (Nextgov)


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