Federal budget cuts have been good for drug traffickers: The Coast Guard slashed its operating costs by a quarter last year because of sequestration. As a result, Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp recently told an industry gathering in San Diego that U.S. intelligence tracked just a third of the drug smuggling boats and planes that traveled between Latin America and the United States. And he said the Coast Guard’s resources are “woefully inadequate.” Adm. Papp spoke with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on The Federal Drive about the problem of capturing drug smugglers.
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.