Many federal employees are on pins and needles today, hoping that somehow Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill will pass a spending bill that averts a government shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees says as much as 50 percent of its members may be furloughed tomorrow. The rest would be expected to work without pay. Union president J. David Cox has more.
Alex Maranghides Manager of the Large Fire Labroatory National Institute of Standards and Technology
With the number of wildfires steadily increasing year by year, The National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing a tool to measure them. Think of the Richter scale for earthquakes. NIST researchers say a wildfire scale could inspire new building codes and fire-safety practices. Alex Maranghides manages the Large Fire Laboratory at NIST.
Shawn Moran Vice President National Border Patrol Council
The border patrol is putting cameras on patrol-car dashboards and overhauling basic training. The moves come amid internal criticism that agents don’t understand current policies. The patrol is also contending with groups that accuse agents along the Mexican border of being too quick to use violent methods to counter immigrants who throw rocks at them. The labor union representing those agents says the changes could put them in harms’ way. Shawn Moran is vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.
Kevin Plexico Vice President of Information Solutions Deltek
No matter what happens on Capitol Hill, today is the last day of fiscal 2013. Members of Congress are already sniffing around to see if a federal buying binge took place during the traditional spend-it-or-lose-it season. Analysts are also crunching the numbers. Kevin Plexico is vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He says what the last quarter ended up looking like and offers some tips on what buying patterns could look like under a shutdown.
If Congress fails to pass a continuing resolution by midnight, the Pentagon says about half of its civilian workforce would be placed on unpaid furlough. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on the Defense Department’s current shutdown contingency plan.
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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.