The Ryan budget, sequestration, and mobile apps

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

  • With Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, the issues of Medicare spending and future budget cuts have been thrust into the national spotlight. Bloomberg Government Research Director Robert Litan and Health Care Analyst Christopher Flavelle examine the Ryan plan and what a Romney-Ryan White House might mean for the health care industry and federal spending as a whole.
  • As the threat of sequestration nears, Bloomberg Government Defense Analyst Kevin Brancato explains how contractors should be preparing, and Bloomberg Government Transportation Analyst Matthew Zisman examines how spending cuts could affect NASA and many of its top contractors, including Space X and Boeing.
  • And, with dozens of parties, speeches and events surrounding the Democratic and Republican conventions, Bloomberg has convention-goers prepared with two new mobile apps. Event Farm CEO Ryan Costello discusses the new My2012 Tampa and My2012 Charlotte apps that the company developed in partnership with Bloomberg.


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.
Robert Litan is director of research at Bloomberg Government. He was previously vice president for research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation and a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where his research included topics in regulation, financial institutions, telecommunications, entrepreneurship and general economic policy. Between 1993 and 1996 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in charge of civil antitrust litigation at the Department of Justice and then as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Christopher Flavelle is a health-care policy analyst for Bloomberg Government. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from McGill University. Before Bloomberg, he examined the 2009 U.S. stimulus package for ProPublica, the investigative news group in New York.
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.
Matthew Zisman is a transportation policy analyst with Bloomberg Government. Prior to joining BGOV, he worked as a senior transportation policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, as a consultant implementing congestion management programs for a major highway project, and as a senior consultant at Deloitte. Mr. Zisman has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in urban planning, specializing in transportation policy and finance, from UCLA.