Contracting dollars in border security

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Capital Impact - July 18, 2013

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This week on Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact radio show hosted by Allen Scott:

*Contractors stung by sequestration would see some relief under the Senate immigration bill, which would boost border security spending by 82 percent, according to a Bloomberg Government estimate. The bill would shower billions of dollars on high- and low-tech measures including surveillance equipment, employment verification technology, fence construction and support services for border patrol agents. Senior Transportation Analyst Matthew Hummer joins the program to break down $46.3 billion pursuant to S.744.

*Have you heard of the Berry Amendment? It's a little known WWII era rule that says the Defense Department, when outfitting troops, must favor American-made food and textiles. With a majority of manufacturing now done overseas, U.S. Army recruits have been left without sneakers and underwear. Bloomberg News reporter Kathleen Miller joins Allen to discuss her article, Sneakers to Women's Underwear for Troops Skirt Buy-American Law.

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Guest Biographies:

Matthew Hummer is a transportation analyst at Bloomberg Government. He was an economic analyst at The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign aid agency that invests in public infrastructure in developing countries. At MCC, Hummer conducted cost-benefit analysis for transportation and energy projects. He holds finance and economics degrees from Fordham University and a master's of public policy from Georgetown University.

Kathleen Miller is a Contract Spending Reporter with Bloomberg News. She covered state and local politics at the Associated Press and Washington Examiner before joining Bloomberg in 2011. Her expertise includes federal government spending with a focus on health care and immigration, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. She has a masters in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and BA from Georgetown University.

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.

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