In Depth Show Blog – September 27, 2013

This is the In Depth show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today’s guests:


Tim McManus
Vice President for Education and Outreach
Partnership for Public Service

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Monday’s shutdown deadline has employees across the government on edge since they don’t know if they have to show up for work on Tuesday. Managing through the anxiety and keeping employees focused is possible with some strategy. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, says one word describes the feeling at most agencies.

Bill Dougan
National Federation of Federal Employees

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Fifty nine percent of federal employees will still report to work Tuesday morning, even if there’s no deal on a budget for fiscal 2014. That’s an estimate from USA Today, but it’s only an estimate. Federal labor unions are on the front lines of discussions with agencies about who will work and who won’t.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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A government shutdown is at stake as the House now has to figure out where they’re going next. More people on Capitol Hill are talking about a short-term fix for the shutdown problem. A continuing resolution of a few days or a week would keep the government open and give Congress another shot to work out a compromise. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey said it’s happened before.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The Pentagon says about half of its civilian workforce will go on unpaid furlough if Congress doesn’t pass a continuing resolution by next Tuesday. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on the government shutdown contingency plan DoD releases today.

Also on the Show:

On Federal News Countdown, Molly O’Neill, vice president and Global Energy and Environmental Industry lead at CGI, and John Kamensky, senior fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government, count down the top stories of the week with Francis Rose.

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