In Depth interviews – Feb. 12

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today’s guests:


Charles Tiefer
Professor of government contracting law
University of Baltimore Law School

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Furloughs are already on the table for your agency if sequestration happens. But there might be a way to dodge most, if not all of them — trimming service contracts. Charles Tiefer, professor of government contracting law at the University of Baltimore Law School and a former member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan joins In Depth to discuss alternative sequestration savings.

Could cutting service contracts avert sequestration furloughs?

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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The Postal Service is knee-deep in red ink. Saturday delivery of first-class mail is going away, and more cost-cutting measures are probably on the way. But, for the most part, the agency’s financial woes are not of its own doings. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive, joins In Depth with more.

What’s Really To Blame for the Postal Service’s Woes (related link)

Colleen Kelley
National Treasury Employees Union

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A shrinking workforce is leaving the Internal Revenue Service in a tight spot. A tight budget means fewer employees, and tax season is already right around the corner. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joins In Depth to discuss how the IRS workforce is coping with tighter budgets and reduced staff levels.

IRS budget woes, shrinking staff threaten to derail agency (related story)

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