Federal News Countdown: OMB duplication, disgruntled feds and DHS cyber role

Friday - 1/20/2012, 4:46pm EST

Federal News Countdown

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Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown:

- Dan Blair, president and CEO of the National Academy of Public Administration
- Robert Shea, principal, Grant Thornton

Dan Blair's stories
#3 No self-respecting Redskins fan dares root for Ravens
From The Washington Post:

Today, let's set aside minor matters like District political corruption or Virginia and Maryland legislative debates so we can focus on something genuinely important: Is it okay for a Redskins fan to root for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday?

#2 Report: Citizen satisfaction with federal services slightly up in 2011
From Federal News Radio:

Citizens were slightly more satisfied with federal government services than they were in 2010. Satisfaction went up 2.3 percent in 2011, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index released today by Foresee. The bump comes after a decrease of 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2010.

#1 How real is the threat of disgruntled feds jumping to industry?
From Federal Computer Week:

2012 is expected to be a continuation of 2011, with more federal budget pressure and cuts to pay and benefits and possibly even an extension of the pay freeze. Not surprisingly, some feds are saying they've had enough and are threatening to trade their government service for a career in the private sector.


Robert Shea's stories
#3 Leading Democrat expects deal to prevent sequestration
From Federal News Radio:

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, expects Democrats and Republicans will be able to negotiate a deal that would prevent the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that would kick in due to the sequestration process, the Seattle Times reports.

#2 OMB tasks 11 agencies with documenting duplication
From GovExec:

Fresh off President Obama's announcement of a bid to streamline the business and trade agencies, the Office of Management and Budget on Friday directed 11 agencies to participate in a pilot program to inventory trade, export and competititiveness functions with the goal of weeding out duplication.

#1 Pentagon cedes control of Defense cyber pilot to DHS
From Nextgov:

The Homeland Security Department is taking over a heralded Pentagon project that shared classified intelligence with select military contractors and their communications providers, DHS officials said.