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Dig deep into the lyrics of classic rock songs and the storytellers that created them in "Behind The Song," a podcast by The Drive's Janda Lane. Hear what was happening behind the scenes while some of the most iconic songs in rock history were being written.
 
Tangier Island, Virginia - Population 460 (and shrinking). It's a quirky, isolated place located smack dab in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Residents drive golf carts and speak their own dialect, while visitors must travel by boat or plane to get there. But the island is vanishing. The reason why depends who you ask. But the fact is it could become uninhabitable in as little as 25 years, wiping an entire community and way of life off the planet. Should the island be saved... and at what ...
 
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When you think of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, what comes to mind? Weekly patch updates. Log4J. Solar Winds. Ransomware. But the agency has a much wider mission than cybersecurity, critical as that might be. Another element of CISA recently noted its 15th anniversary. We get that story now from CISA's associate director for…
 
My next guest enlisted in the Marine Corps back in the 1980s and became one its first female combat officers. Later she held a series of increasingly responsible jobs connected to military manpower and readiness. Now she's the first-ever executive director of U.S. Naval Forces for Europe and Africa, and one this year's distinguished senior executiv…
 
The Defense Department is backing proposed legislation meant to make it easier for contracting officers to get their hands on companies’ internal pricing documents. Both the Pentagon and its inspector general say the changes are needed to head off price gouging – especially when it comes to small quantities of spare parts. The urging comes as a new…
 
After eleven terms in Congress, Rhode Island Representative Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) is leaving office. He's still got one year left. Langevin has been a champion for cybersecurity, and promises to keep pushing in 2022. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione spoke with Langevin the day after he announced his retirement.…
 
Energy savings performance contracts have been around for a while, and in the new green frenzy we may see more of them. So when one of these deals goes south, it's worth looking at how and why. The Defense Department backed out of such a performance contract for an Air Force base. Now it's headed to court. The Federal Drive got more on the case fro…
 
The Nevada office of the Bureau of Land Management has so many paper records, they'd probably cover the land the agency manages. Recently it awarded multiple contractors a blanket purchase agreement to scan and digitize the paper. For details of how this will all work, the BLM's Nevada range program lead, Kathryn Dyer.…
 
Last year’s cybersecurity executive order was mostly focused on federal civilian agencies. But don't think the Biden administration will let defense and intelligence agencies off the hook. He signed a new national security directive yesterday with some updated cyber requirements for classified systems. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Double…
 
In-person hearings are coming back to the Social Security Administration. SSA and the Association of Administrative Law Judges reached an agreement on that point. But video and phone hearings will still be an option this year. Judges over the past two years have held hundreds of thousands of tele-hearings since the start of the pandemic. For more, …
 
Humanitarian groups often swoop in around the world to help people hit by natural disasters. Now the U.S. Agency for International Development has launched a program to see if people can be saved before disasters. It's funding a consortium of seven universities around the world to explore the possibilities. Joining the Federal Drive with the detail…
 
For nearly a dozen years, the Energy Department has been sustaining carbon capture demonstration projects at process and power plants. But the program has been rocky. DOE canceled some projects before they were built. Others started but were shut down. The Government Accountability Office has found that Energy hasn't done enough to ensure cost cont…
 
A former Bush White House official is hoping to turn around a key Homeland Security division for the Biden administration. Kenneth Wainstein has been nominated to lead DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis. If confirmed, he’ll have to take on the division’s long-standing leadership and morale issues. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin Doubl…
 
The Postal Service hopes to deliver a billion COVID-19 tests to U.S. homes in the coming weeks. Starting today, people can request them at a new federal web site. Tests are supposed to ship within 12 days of ordering. Behind the scenes, USPS is striking a deal with one of its unions to help carry out this work. Federal News Network’s Jory Heckman h…
 
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expanding a partnership with several Health and Human Services agencies. Now they've launched an entity called the Housing Services Resource Center. It's all aimed at ensuring people with disabilities can get the type of housing they need. For details, HUD's Senior Adviser for Housing and Services …
 
Top planners in the Pentagon and in the armed services have talked for years about the need to obtain innovation from small business. But according to my next guest, would-be companies new to the Defense market say that have trouble getting an audience, much less a contract. And that has implications beyond the small companies themselves. Federal s…
 
After a short break for the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Congress is back. Members will resume budget talks that started late last week, which is encouraging given that the continuing resolution deadline is just a month away. WTOP Capitol Hill Correspondent Mitchell Miller has the latest.By Tom Temin
 
Program evaluation dates almost as far back as government programs. But the art and science of program evaluation is always changing. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, passed back in 2018, aims to bring data and data science more deeply into evaluation. There's even a foundation to support this work. Recently it surveyed agencies…
 
As national security threats seem to multiply constantly, nuclear non-proliferation remains an abiding priority. Now there's a new guy at the helm of the National Security Sciences Directorate, part of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Associate lab director Dr. Moe Khaleel joined the Federal Drive to discuss his new role.…
 
A small but profound change in Defense Department procurement is underway, namely a move away from the DUNS numbers used for decades as way to reference contractor corporate entities. And the vaccine mandate picks up steam against unvaccinated service members. These stories are part of this week's DOD Reporters Notebook by Federal News Network's Sc…
 
President Barack Obama wouldn’t give his up. President George W. Bush wasn’t allowed to have one, even though he wanted to. For about 15 years, the BlackBerry phone was seemingly velcroed to every federal executive hand from the Oval Office on down. But when Research in Motion, which owns BlackBerry, ended its support for the aging but still loved …
 
When U.S. Customs and Border Protection considers its supply chain, the range of products and services is almost endless. One day they might be buying food and clothes for migrants. The next day, CBP may be buying unmanned aerial vehicles to protect the border. And the next day, CBP may be buying IT systems to process forms. Mark Borkowski, the ass…
 
Log4j, the most visible cybersecurity threat since Solar Winds, has organizations scrambling to find and fix instances of certain software. My next guest says that the two incidents are totally different technically, buy they produce the same lessons learned. Gordon Bitko is former FBI chief information officer, now the senior vice president of pol…
 
No matter what happens on the viral front, the workplace is not going to look like 2019. In early 2020, agencies hastily set up remote working capabilities for people suddenly forced to telework. My next guest says, now agencies need to think about how this is going to work long term. Deniece Peterson is the director of federal market analysis at D…
 
We continue with our occasional series of interviews with the latest cohort of Presidential Rank Award winners. My next guest, when Congress passed the first pandemic relief legislation, led the team to manage a $178 billion fund. It was aimed at helping front-line health care providers, and paying for treatment of the uninsured. The deputy adminis…
 
The Office of Personnel Management is launching a Chief Diversity Officer Council, the latest in a series of gambits under President Joe Biden’s executive order on diversity, equity, inclusion in the federal workforce. As for other goals in the EO, chief diversity officers say a hiring spree won’t improve diversity in the long-term. For more on thi…
 
Members of Congress haven’t been shy about passing cybersecurity legislation in recent years. More is on the way this year. They’re promising to pass a cyber incident reporting law. One lawmaker is going to take a hard look at how to boost the influence of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. For more, Federal News Network’s Justin…
 
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