Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 31, 2013

Thursday - 1/31/2013, 9:06am EST

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Today's guests:

Mort Rosenberg
fellow
Constitution Project

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A three-judge appeals court has dealt a setback to the Obama administration in the way it made recess appointments. The ruling could invalidate the appointment of Richard Cordray at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The court said presidents can only make recess appointments during the recess between yearly sessions of Congress and only if the vacancy happens during that recess. President Obama appointed Cordray during the July Fourth holiday. Mort Rosenberg is a fellow at the Constitution Project and a former specialist the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service.

Cameron Leuthy
senior budget analyst
Bloomberg Government

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Perhaps you've heard. Nearly all federal discretionary budgets are possible targets for reductions. Bloomberg Government has identified nine civilian agency programs that look particularly ripe for a little carving.

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Joe Jordan
administrator
Office of Federal Procurement Policy

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Joe Jordan is the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. He joined Roger Waldron on Off the Shelf. He talked about the administration's priorities and about data collection, its the costs and the issues surrounding it.

Al Banghart
senior advisor
Deloitte Consulting LLP

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Federal agencies and Congress have become concerned with the supply chain. That's the string of suppliers who deliver parts to contractors, who deliver finished goods to the government. DOD in particular is under pressure to ensure that the supply chain is secure, and that it doesn't get equipment with counterfeit parts, or circuits with secret security holes. Joining us with advice on supply chain security is Al Banghart. He's former director of enterprise transformation at the Defense Logistics Agency and now a senior advisor at Deloitte Consulting.

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