Countdown: 2-week CR, potential shutdown consequences

Friday - 3/4/2011, 4:43pm EST

Federal News Countdown

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Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown:
-Alan Balutis, Director, North American Public Sector Cisco Systems' Business Solutions Group
-Robert Burton, Partner, Venable LLP

Alan Balutis' stories
#3 Federal workers rally against Wisconsin governor
From Government Executive:

Federal workers joined hundreds rallying in front of the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Washington Office on Wednesday as part of a union show of support for Wisconsin's protesting public sector employees.

#2 Will budget cuts be easier on heels of new GAO report?
From Federal News Radio:

Scores of duplicative programs across every agency may soon be on the chopping block. The Government Accountability Office released a report on Tuesday that details for the first time the widespread duplication across the government.

#1 TechAmerica warns of shutdown consequences
From NextGov:

A shutdown of the federal government would have adverse consequences for hundreds of companies that contract with the U.S. government and more than 7.6 million federal contract employees, Phil Bond, president and CEO of TechAmerica, warned Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers in a Tuesday letter.

Robert Burton's stories
#3 DoD pushes for 2011 spending increase
From Federal News Radio:

Defense Department officials Tuesday made their case to Senate lawmakers to push through a spending bill for fiscal 2011.

Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn detailed to members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense the snowball effect a year-long continuing resolution would have on the military.

#2 Employee unions to form coalition about feds
From Federal News Radio: Federal employee labor unions are joining to form a coalition called America's Workforce, to be launched in the next few weeks.

Colleen Kelley, president of The National Treasury Employees Union, said her organization will help lead the effort.

#1 Obama Signs Two-Week Budget Extension
From New York Times:

President Obama called on Wednesday for high-level negotiations to bridge major budgetary differences between Congressional Republicans and Democrats after the Senate passed a measure to buy at least two more weeks for talks.