Federal Drive Show Blog – January 10, 2014

This is the Federal Drive 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 Interviews:

Julia Ziegler
Web Manager
Federal News Radio

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The number of federal employees retiring in 2013 was up slightly over the previous year. Federal News Radio dug through the end of the year statistics.

Kevin Brancato
Senior Defense Analyst
Bloomberg Government

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Congressional appropriators are nearly done with a spending bill for 2014. That means the Pentagon will become a much clearer market. Kevin Brancato is senior defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. He joins us with the outlook for 2014 defense contracting.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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The head of the National Guard says the services have no trouble recruiting and retaining members. But that could change quickly after military operations in Afghanistan end.

Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

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Agencies are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars each year because Congress isn’t doing its job. So says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). He says change must start at home if the government is going to control its spending. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller has the details on the latest attempt by lawmakers to take on government waste.

John Palatiello
President & Owner
Business Coalition for Fair Competition

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The government buys, and contractors sell. It’s a simple model, except when it isn’t. Sometimes the government competes with industry. The Business Coalition for Fair Competition says the government does some things itself that it ought to buy from companies.

April Stafford
Stakeholder Relations Manager
U.S. Mint

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The U.S. Mint is looking for fresh designs to print. Today is the deadline for artists to apply for a program aimed at diversifying the backs of coins and other currency. April Stafford manages the design selection and approval process for new coins and medals.

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