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Steve Bell, Senior Director of Economic Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center

The military is shrinking, but the Pentagon's personnel costs keep growing. In fact, it pays about $125,000 per active-duty service member, including both salary and benefits. Two Washington think tanks are raising alarms. They say the Pentagon needs to do something now so it doesn't have to cut other critical parts of its budget later on. Steve Bell is senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss why the personnel cost has become expensive.

Tags: Steve Bell , DoD , pay and benefits , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Blaise Misztal, Director, Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project

The militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken over parts of the country and threatens Baghdad. That has forced Washington's national security apparatus into overdrive. The United States is sending some diplomats away from Baghdad. It has moved some military in to help with security. Blaise Misztal, director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Foreign Policy Project, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the rise of ISIS and alliances in the Middle East.

Tags: Blaise Misztal , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 06/16/2014, 10:59am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- July 23

Rob Strayer of the Bipartisan Policy Center discusses the compromise cybersecurity bill. Daniel Schuman talks about the Congressional Research Service. Dick Gregg fills us in on the Treasury's annual fiscal report.

Tags: John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Rob Strayer , Daniel Schuman , Sunlight Foundation , Dick Gregg , Treasury Department , Helena Bottemiller , USDA , cybersecurity

Monday - 07/23/2012, 10:02am EDT

Better reporting needed to curb cyber attacks

Victims need to speak up and report cyber attacks. That's the message from the Bipartisan Policy Center and top security officials, who say only a fraction of attacks are reported each year.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Congress , industry , technology ,

Friday - 07/20/2012, 03:59pm EDT

Analysis: In sequester, managers should start planning for workforce reductions

Budget analyst Steve Bell says there is "no chance" Congress will be able to pass a plan to avoid sequestration the automatic, across-the-board cuts that would go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, as part of last summer's deficit deal.

Tags: Steve Bell , budget , sequestration , Congress

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 10:26am EDT
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Congress returns to packed budget agenda, tight deadlines

Congress returns to session this week with a few short months to reach a budget resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 and agree on how to avoid the automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over the next decade that will be triggered Jan. 2, 2013, under the Budget Control Act debt limit deal. But don't expect much to get accomplished before the election, say budget experts.

Tags: Steve Bell , Julie Tagen , NARFE , Beth Moten , AFGE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , pay and benefits , budget , Congress , Budget Control Act , sequestration , workforce , retirement , Robert Tobias , American University

Monday - 04/16/2012, 11:10am EDT

Analysis: GOP cuts will only be deeper compared to sequestration

Steve Bell, senior director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin that unless something dramatic happens the budget will have about $1 trillion for the next 10 years.

Tags: budget , Steve Bell , Federal Drive , sequestration , deficit , House , Congress , Paul Ryan

Monday - 03/19/2012, 11:26am EDT
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Feds should expect more of the same in 2013 budget, expert says

Steve Bell, senior director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Economic Policy Project, says while the President's proposed budget includes some interesting details for feds, none of them are likely to become law.

Tags: Steve Bell , OMB , budget , FERS , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Monday - 02/13/2012, 09:51am EST
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Obama nominates 2 to Federal Reserve Board

While on vacation, President appoints a Democrat and Republican Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Tags: Barack Obama , Ben Bernanke , Federal Reserve , Jeremy Stein , Jerome Powell , Treasury Department

Tuesday - 12/27/2011, 03:50pm EST

Omnibus deal not end of agencies' budget worries

After seven short-term spending bills and three threats of a government shutdown this calendar year, Congress is ready to pass a spending deal with a Friday midnight deadline. But today's expected passage of an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2012, which started Oct. 1, is not the end of federal managers' budget worries.

Tags: Steve Bell , budget , Federal Drive , supercommittee , Congress , Bush tax cuts

Friday - 12/16/2011, 10:37am EST
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