Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb.14, 2013

Thursday - 2/14/2013, 10:50am 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:

Gene Dodaro
Comptroller General
Government Accountability Office

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The Government Accountability Office is releasing a list no agency wants to find itself on. The High Risk List names federal programs prime for waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement or reform. The Postal Service, the military supply chain, Medicare and Medicaid, and 27 other areas were on the last one published in 2011.

Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, the head of GAO, says fixing these problems is the smartest thing agencies can do as they prepare for potential budget cuts under sequestration.

Federal News Radio spoke to Dodaro at the Association of Government Accountants' National Leadership Conference this week. He also told us how GAO itself is preparing for sequestration.

Related Story: GAO releases 2013 High Risk List

Bob Vogel
Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks
National Park Service

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Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has released an order to protect the National Mall. This comes after years of restoration projects on the Reflecting Pool, Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial.

Bob Vogel is Superintendent of the National Mall for the National Park Service. He spoke with Federal News Radio about the plans for the Mall.

William Hartung
Director, Common Defense Campaign Arms & Security Project
Center for International Policy

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If the Pentagon's budget is significantly cut nearly 1 million jobs could be lost, according to projections made by defense contractors over the past two years.

But, William Hartung disagrees. Hartung directs the Common Defense Campaign Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy, a liberal advocacy group focused on international cooperation, demilitarization and human rights. He says a more realistic number for jobs lost would be half or even a third of the 1 million estimate.

Related Story: Are contractors exaggerating sequestration's impact?

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