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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Defense acquisition may be squeezed, but a larger percentage of Pentagon dollars are going to foreign contractors. That is according to a new compilation of the numbers by Bloomberg Government. Senior Defense Analyst Rob Levinson joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to go through the numbers from the top 10 foreign contractors.

Tags: Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:14am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department now says more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first medical appointments. An additional 64,000 appear to have never gotten appointments at all. One solution Congress is considering entails giving the VA more money to close the gap. Robert Levinson is a senior defense analyst with Bloomberg Government. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at VA spending.

Tags: Bloomberg Government , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 08:47am EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The military is putting more resources into covert programs. The Pentagon asks Congress for nearly $54 billion for classified, special access and intelligence programs. That would be an increase of 2.2 percent at a time when most other spending would be flat. Rob Levinson, senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, explained the "secret spending" to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Bloomberg Government , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 05/05/2014, 11:16am EDT
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Costliest defense program in history faces further problems, delays

A new Government Accountability report finds that the DoD will have to spend $12 billion annually over the next 22 years on the F-35 program. Rob Levinson, Bloomberg Government senior defense analyst, explains the impact.

Tags: DoD , GAO audit , F-35 , Federal Drive , Bloomberg Government

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 11:47am EDT

Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The most expensive defense program ever, the F-35 fighter plane, is running into more problems. The Government Accountability Office says software delays could force the Marine Corps to push back its roll out scheduled for next year. What's more, the auditors say the Defense Department will have to spend more than $12 billion annually on the program for the next 22 years. For more on the future of the F-35 program, Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke to Rob Levinson, a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government. Read our related story.

Tags: Bloomberg Government , F-35 , GAO , DoD , Marine Corps , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:49pm EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - November 15, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Patrick OConnor , Julia Ziegler , Jason Miller , Jeffrey Olson , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/15/2013, 02:00pm EST

Federal Drive Show Blog - August 30, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Jared Serbu , Andrew Sherrill , Ed Zurndorfer , Rich Serino

Friday - 08/30/2013, 11:26am EDT

NSA leak case gives vendors reason to reevaluate personnel

Intelligence community contractors, similar to Booz Allen, likely are reevaluating employees who have access to classified information in order to identify any questionable personnel, according to Steve Ryan, leader of government strategies practice group at McDermott, Will and Emery law firm.

Tags: industry , workforce , management , Steve Ryan , McDermott, Will and Emery , Bloomberg , security clearances , NSA , NSA leaks , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 06/17/2013, 06:45pm EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - June 17, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Micah Edmonds , Robert Stoll , Steve Ryan , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/17/2013, 09:13am EDT

Federal Drive Show Blog - May 15, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Mark Harnitchek , Molly Hooper , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 09:38am EDT
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