Small business spending and bus safety

Thursday - 9/5/2013, 9:27pm EDT

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This week on BGOV's Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • It's September, the kids have gone back to school, Congress is back in town and agencies who worked with the Small Business Administration to set their spending goals are realizing they've fallen short. Quantitative Analysts Evan Croen and Duncan Amos along with Senior Budget Analyst Cameron Leuthy examine "The Race to the Finish: an Outlook for Small Business Spending".

  • According to a DePaul University study, bus transportation was the fastest growing form of U.S. intercity travel. Unfortunately the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman said that regulating the bus industry was like "regulating an amorphous industry with moving targets, like a game of whack-a-mole". Bloomberg News reporter Jeff Plungis examines one company that operates in both New York City and Washington D.C. through one of the many loopholes in bus regulations. Drivers failing drug tests, insurance issues and the ever present unsafe equipment are just a few of the topics we'll discuss on this week's Capital Impact.

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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.

Duncan Amos is a Quantitative Analyst with Bloomberg Government. Previously, he was a quantitative research assistant at the RAND Corporation, where he focused on defense, mobility, finance and international development research. He has a master's degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, and bachelor's degrees in political science and economics from Duke University.

Evan Croen is a quantitative analyst with Bloomberg Government. Evan worked at Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the energy, chemical and health-care industries, and at Duke Energy, where he researched strategies to reduce carbon emissions from Chinese energy production. He earned an MBA and master's degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan along with an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

Cameron Leuthy is a budget and congressional analyst for Bloomberg Government. Cameron has worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Defense Department, and in the private sector at Booz Allen Hamilton. His expertise includes the budget process and the nexus of national security policy, operational requirements and funding. He has a bachelor's degree from Western Washington University and an MPA from the University of Washington.

Jeff Plungis has been a journalist with Bloomberg News in Washington since 2006 and currently covers transportation safety, highway construction and the Transportation Security Administration. Recent work includes in-depth examinations of unsafe bus companies and the debate over whether to allow knives on planes. Previously, Plungis was a Washington correspondent with The Detroit News covering the auto industry. He began his 18-year Washington journalism career at Congressional Quarterly.