Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 26, 2012

Wednesday - 12/26/2012, 1:16pm 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:

Ret. Vice Admiral Norb Ryan
CEO
Military Officers Association of America

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Troops returning from war have to overcome some pretty big hurdles before fully adjusting to life at home. Most concerning is how military personnel are being taken care of mentally, physically and financially.

Tom Devine
legal director
Government Accountability Project

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The president has signed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, a bill that took years to get through Congress. The new law gives federal workers more protection when reporting corruption and wrongdoing. The Government Accountability Project has been pushing for this law for well over a decade.

Sterling Beard
staff writer
The Hill Newspaper

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President Barack Obama is on his way back to Washington today to continue fiscal cliff talks with Congress. All eyes are turning to the Senate now, after House Speaker John Boehner withdrew his "Plan B" before a vote.

Don Kettl
dean of the School of Public Policy
University of Maryland

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When you think of what happened this year with regards to the federal government, you can't help but think of sequestration. It hasn't even happened, yet it has cast a shadow over nearly every conversation federal managers have. But Don Kettl, dean of the school of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, has a tip for us: There are other developments that could shape the federal workforce in 2013.

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