Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has rolled out what he calls a “menu of options” for implementing the 10-year budget cuts called for under sequestration. He says none are good. They can’t be implemented quickly enough to achieve the budget savings the law calls for. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu joined Tom and Emily with details.
Katherine Archuleta convinced Senate lawmakers that she’s qualified to be the next director of the Office of Personnel Management. But Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says her qualifications aren’t the reason he isn’t letting her nomination go through. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller joined Tom and Emily with details on why OPM may have to wait longer to get a new director.
Deborah Hersman Chairman National Transportation Safety Board
This guest was probably glad it’s the beginning of a new month. The National Transportation Safety Board had a busy July. It investigated two commercial plane incidents — one in San Francisco and the other in New York — on top of everything else. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman explained how the board has ramped up.
Colleen Kelley President National Treasury Employees Union
The Office of Personnel Management has drawn up a plan for how long-time federal workers can ease into retirement. The National Treasury Employees Union likes the general idea of phased retirement. But its leaders think OPM didn’t go far enough. They’re calling on OPM to revise its draft rule. President of the NTEU Colleen Kelley explained.
Bobak Ferdowsi Engineer on Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Project NASA
If you were breathlessly following the countdown to Kate and William’s royal baby last week, you’ll be glad to know there’s another babywatch happening closer to home. The National Zoo’s female giant panda could be pregnant again. Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub last fall, but it died a few days later. To find out why the panda pregnancy means so much for the zoo, Tom and Emily called Brandie Smith. She is the senior curator for Mammal Husbandry Sciences, Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry Research.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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.