Federal Drive Interviews -- March 20, 2013

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 9:28am EDT

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:

Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller called in to talk about two stories he wrote. The first concerns the Agriculture Department and other agencies' efforts to obtain reprogramming authority to offset sequestration cuts. Miller also spoke about his story on the General Services Administration receiving little funding for repairs and maintenance of federal buildings.

Kathleen Tighe
inspector general
Department of Education

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The Education Department is vulnerable to student loan fraud and over payments for school grants. DoE Inspector General Kathleen Tighe testified before the House Committee on Appropriations today. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) asked if she has any quick solutions that would pass with bipartisan support.

Stan Soloway
president
Professional Services Council

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Once the sequestration budget cuts hit, the FAA wasted no time in notifying contractors that they could expect to feel the pinch. But not all agencies have taken that step. Its a decidedly mixed picture. Stan Soloway is president of the Professional Services Council, which represent federal service contractors. He joins us now with what the council and its members are hearing.

Pete Kasperowicz
reporter
The Hill newspaper

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We could be headed for a government shutdown a week from today if Congress fails to pass a bill that continues funding. Lawmakers are working on it, but they've got their hands full with other budget bills too. And if you thought a week wasn't a lot of time lawmakers have even less. They're set to go on Spring Break Friday.

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