Federal Drive Interviews — Jan. 2, 2013

This is the Federal Drive 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:


Brian Friel
federal business intelligence analyst
Bloomberg Government

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A bill to delay sequestration and extend tax cuts heads the president’s desk today, after a down-to-the-wire vote in the House last night. Brian Friel joins us now with details on the deal and what this means for federal workers and government contractors.

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Alicia Cackley
director of financial markets and community investment
Government Accountability Office

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission still doesn’t have all it needs to carry out its mission. That’s according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. It says the agency responsible for testing product safety needs more information sharing powers and the ability to test new products faster.

Sterling Beard
staff writer
The Hill newspaper

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Sterling Beard of The Hill newspaper talks about the ups and downs of the bill the president is expected to sign today delaying sequestration and extending tax cuts.

Cary Russell
director of defense capabilities and management
Government Accountability Office

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Cary Russell, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, discusses a new report detailing the logistical challenges of withdrawing from Afghanistan.


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