Some 47,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees are starting to see furloughs this week, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. But they shouldn’t be on furlough, according to Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He says the agency and the administration have more options than they think.
Getting information about government right is easier when you understand what you’re covering. A lack of understanding of government was evident during the Boston bombing coverage last week, with one notable exception — NBC Correspondent Pete Williams. Before joining NBC, Williams served as the spokesman for the Defense Department. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive, says Williams’ previous government experience helped in his reporting.
Some groups are worried about your colleagues that may find times are tight if furloughs hit. Loans were on the docket at the Thrift Savings Plans monthly board meeting yesterday. Kim Weaver, the director of external affairs for the TSP, explains why the board decided not to go ahead with expanded TSP loan options.
The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. Defense Department officials deciding how to integrate strategy approaches they’re already using — with new strategies for new challenges. One of the holdovers is Air Sea Battle. Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and an expert on Air Sea Battle, says it’s an important part of what the administration says its priorities are.
The sequestration showdown between federal unions and the Labor Department hits a standstill. A memorandum of understanding is in place for the duration of the sequester. Alex Bastani, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 12, joins In Depth to discuss the negotiations.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.