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Coburn to Congress: Look in the mirror for the cause of waste

Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn't doing its job and that's the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.

Tags: management , OMB , White House , Congress , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Tom Coburn , GAO , program duplication , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Brandon Arnold , National Taxpayers Union , Chris Edwards , Tom Schatz , Citizens Against Government Waste , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 05:49pm EST

In Depth interviews - June 19

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge, especially those who work closely with the Defense Department. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge. But some of the rhetoric could be overblown, says Benjamin Friedman, a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Earl Devaney , Reznick Government , RATB , Tom Shoop , GovExec , Catherine Lotrionte , Stuxnet , Ben Friedman , sequestration , Mike Sullivan , GAO , F-35 II

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 01:39am EDT

Analysis: DoD needs to slice budget with or without sequestration

Benjamin Friedman, a CATO Institute research fellow, said sequestration prevents intelligent spending cuts, but that doesn't necessarily mean DoD lacks room to make smarter ones.

Tags: sequestration , budget , DoD , best practices , Budget Control Act , Benjamin Friedman , Keith BieryGolick , Congress , In Depth

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews - May 8, 2012

Dr. Sonja Batten, deputy chief for specialty mental health, Veterans Affairs Department, discusses the VA's plans to hire 2,000 mental health professionals and support staff. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) talks about two bills aimed at reducing the number of duplicative government programs.

Tags: Federal Drive , James Lankford , Congress , House , Veterans Affairs Department , Joe Petrillo , Petrillo and Powell , FAR , Julian Sanchez , Sonja Batten

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 09:53am EDT

Analysis: Cybersecurity bill not needed, expert says

Jim Harper, senior policy analyst at the conservative Cato Institute, says that some of the cybersecurity bills Congress is considering are overreaching and may be unnecessary in the long run.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Jim Harper , Congress , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 09:10am EDT
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The first casualties of WikiLeaks

The U.S. military in Afghanistan has been compromised by the leak of thousands of documents. Those who have been put in the most danger are Afghan civilians who are helping to U.S. campaign.

Tags: Afghanistan , WikiLeaks , Michael Hayden , al-Qaida , David Rittgers , CIA , Taliban , J.J. Green

Thursday - 08/05/2010, 12:38am EDT

Cato on the Budget

Tags: mngt , Chris Edwards , tax , Big Government

Friday - 02/27/2009, 07:05pm EST
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Berry: claims about feds' pay 'unfair and untrue'

OPM says that it's unfair to compare federal workers' compensation with private sector workers at-large. Federal workers are specialized and have a higher degree of education, and only 11 percent of employees work in blue collar jobs. In addition, OPM director John Berry told Federal News Radio that the number of healthcare and technology professionals in the federal workforce grew by 50 percent over the last 30 years. The Cato Institute reports that federal employees rank in the top five sectors based on average annual pay.

Tags: John Berry , OPM , pay and benefits , federal pay debate , pay debate

Tuesday - 08/17/2010, 06:49am EDT
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Proposal to allow the FDIC access to taxpayer money

Under proposed legislation the FDIC may be granted the ability to dip into taxpayers funds.

Tags: financial regulation , FDIC , Jeff Miron ,

Friday - 09/25/2009, 11:48am EDT
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