Planning for sequestration; Corporate money & candidates

This Week on Bloomberg Government’s Capital Impact show with host Allen Scott:

  • With the threat of sequestration looming, many contractors are bracing for $54.7 billion in potential cuts. BGOV Defense Analysts Kevin Brancato and Rob Levinson outline key strategies contractors should use as the January 2, 2013 deadline nears and identify which types of contractors will be most affected. Levinson, Brancato and Scott also speak with Mick Wiser, President of Columbia Technology Partners, about how his firm is preparing for potential cuts.
  • While major corporations have much at stake in November’s presidential election, few are spending their cash on campaign donations. Legislative Analyst Melissa Avstreih and Data Analyst Peter Brusoe examine the minor role of corporate donations and discuss the role of SuperPACs in the 2012 race.


Melissa Avstreih is a transportation analyst at Bloomberg Government. She had been a partner at the Ferguson Group, a consulting firm where she chaired the Transportation Practice Group. Avstreih worked as a staffer for a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She holds a political science degree from West Chester University and a master’s of international commerce and policy from George Mason University.
Kevin Brancato is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a management scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he analyzed weapon system costs and defense manpower policies. He received a B.A. in math from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
Peter Brusoe is a BGOV data campaign finance analyst. He is a former research associate with the Campaign Finance Institute and a Ph.D. candidate at American University.
Robert Levinson is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force with more than 20 years of service. Levinson worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications consultant. He has a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a masters from the University of California, San Diego.
Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.

Mick Wiser is the President of Columbia Technology Partners, a small Management and IT Consulting firm that provides support to the DoD. Wiser has over 25 years of experience with the DoD, ranging from active duty naval officer to 20 years support as a DoD consultant. He holds engineering degrees from Citadel and from the Naval Postgraduate School. Columbia Technology Partners, located in Columbia, MD, is a veteran-owned small business that specializes in highly secure mobility and cloud computing solutions.