Federal Drive Show Blog – June 21, 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:

Jason Miller
executive editor
Federal News Radio

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Agencies spend between $5 billion and $7 billion a year on phone and other telecommunications services. But those basic commodities are ripe for innovation and further cost savings. The General Services Administration is developing the next generation telecommunications contract.

Charles Addington
associate director of Field Operations
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior Department

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Violence on Indian reservations used to be twice as high as in the rest of the country. Then the Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs launched a new crime-fighting program built on data analytics. It has cut the crime rate by 35 percent on participating reservations. Charles Addington, associate director of Field Operations at BIA, was behind the effort.

View a gallery of all the 2013 Service to America Medal Finalists here.

Matthew Aid
“The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency”

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Chinese cyber-spies are hacking into U.S. defense networks. An elite and secret group within the National Security Agency is doing the same thing to China and has been for at least 15 years.

Ed Zurndorfer
registered employee benefit consultant

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Only fans of death-defying roller coasters could be happy with the stock market news of the last couple of days. It you’re close to retirement, or watch your investments frequently, you may be wondering whether it’s time to review your strategy.


SBA Increases Size Standards for 70 Industries (SBA)

Government security clearance process marred by lax oversight, IG says (Federal News Radio)

Obama nominating Comey as FBI director (Federal News Radio)

VA shows progress on backlog (Federal News Radio)

Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant (The Guardian)

Warning from John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)

Why Women Veterans (Labor Department)

Arts & military: a collaboration that keeps growing, improving (The 1st Infantry Division Post)

Blue Star Museums (National Endowment for the Arts)

LinkedIn outage prompts security concerns (Computerworld)

Guantanamo Bay: A Medical Ethics-free Zone? (The New England Journal of Medicine)

Guantanamo doctors haven’t opposed force feeding (Federal News Radio)

(ISC)² Foundation Aligns with Booz Allen Hamilton to Offer U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarships ((ISC)² )

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