In Depth Show Blog – October 11, 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:


Kathlene Buchanan
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Metro Offices

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You may be anxious to get back to work, even if you’re not supposed to be at work. Now you have a place to do it. Kathlene Buchanan is the founder and chief executive officer of

        Lawmakers call for 3 percent pay raise for feds

Tom Shoop
Government Executive

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The State Department says it’s close to another round of furloughs because of the government shutdown. But the Defense civilian workforce is almost 95 percent back to work after its furlough days. And as other agencies bring people back, the Department of Veterans Affairs has about 9,000 employees that are just starting their furloughs. The shutdown is more fluid than people thought it would be. Tom Shoop is editor in chief of Government Executive Magazine. He says it’s not a total surprise.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways that’s happening. But the authors of the report also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu provides a breakdown.

Also on the Show:

Robert Shea, left, and Karen Evans joined Francis Rose on the Federal News Countdown.

On Federal News Countdown, Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton, and Karen Evans, national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, count down the top stories with Francis Rose.

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