New Defense secretary Leon Panetta was sworn in about two weeks ago. And already the honeymoon is over. Facing certain future cuts in Defense spending, Panetta floated the idea of a freeze on the number of DOD civilian employees. That got him in trouble with a group of senators, including Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). She fired off a letter to Panetta, asking him to reconsider. Mikulski tells Federal News Radio she thinks Panetta is freezing the wrong thing.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.