Federal News Countdown: Budget cuts could shrink Army, DoD learns a new language

Editor’s Note: The first segment of Federal News Countdown was preempted by a Washington Nationals preseason game. The audio begins with Francis Rose’s guests discussing their second top stories of the week.

Two experts in the world of the federal government choose and rank the three news stories from the current week that they think are most important to people who work for the federal government. This discussion gives Federal employees and contractors a chance to hear what their peers are thinking about, talking about and dealing with.

Guests on the Federal News Countdown:

  • Bob Woods, president, Topside Consulting and former commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at the General Services Administration
  • Molly O’Neill, vice president and Global Energy and Environmental Industry lead at CGI and former Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency

Bob Woods’ stories:


#3 Boeing’s secret ‘Black’ spy phone will detect tampering, self- destruct if cracked open (GeekWire)

#2 Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft (Los Angeles Times)

#1 Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay bill, SB 1062 (CNN)

Molly O’Neill’s stories:

#3 Bidders ‘stunned’ by sudden cancellation of federal contract (The Washington Post)

#2 The Pentagon Has to Learn a New Language: English (Government Executive)

#1 Spy chief: ‘We’re not ready’ (The Hill)