In Depth Show Blog – December 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:


Todd Harrison
Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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Congress’ budget agreement provides some relief for sequestration at federal agencies. But the threat isn’t completely gone. Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, has been looking over the budget deal to see how it will affect the Defense Department.

David Hawkings
Senior Editor
Roll Call

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The deal to end the budget showdown and keep the government operating for almost two years includes a lot of things that one political party or the other doesn’t like. But it doesn’t include much for federal employees to hate.

Mike Causey
Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

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The chained CPI, higher contributions to your pension and nother pay freeze — none of them made it into the final budget deal. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you and your federal colleagues didn’t just dodge a benefits bullet. You dodged a cannonball.

Guy Timberlake
Chief Visionary Officer and Chief Executive Officer
American Small Business Coalition

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A big misunderstanding could be wasting time and money at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It all stems from the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation. They are responsible for verifying the status of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

Bob Tobias
Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs
American University

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The new budget deal in front of Congress won’t affect current federal employees too much. It will have a big impact on future employees, though, which could create a permanent culture change at your agency.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The new budget deal would ease up on sequestration cuts to the Defense Department in 2014. But the Air Force tells its program managers they shouldn’t expect to see a nickel’s worth of relief to their acquisition programs.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Reverse auctions are off for the second time in the last two years at the Veterans Affairs Department. Congress is concerned agencies are getting ripped off under this approach.

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