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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: Bipartisan Policy Center , DoD , pay and benefits , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:00am EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - October 10, 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 , Devon Hewitt , Allison Macfarlane , Heechin Chae , Jason Miller , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 12:16pm 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: Bipartisan Policy Center , 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: Bipartisan Policy Center , 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 , Bipartisan Policy Center , 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: Bipartisan Policy Center , OMB , budget , FERS , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Monday - 02/13/2012, 09:51am EST
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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: Bipartisan Policy Center , budget , Federal Drive , supercommittee , Congress , Bush tax cuts

Friday - 12/16/2011, 10:37am EST
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Feds should plan for worst case scenario, expert says

Between ongoing 2012 budget negotiations and the automatic cuts triggered by the supercommittee, Steve Bell, senior director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Economic Policy Project, says this is as good as it's going to get for federal employees for the foreseeable future.

Tags: Bipartisan Policy Center , supercommittee , Congress , budget , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 11:00am EST
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Next two weeks crucial for agency budgets

Steve Bell, the senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to provide an update into how the supercommittee is coming along and what it all means for the federal budget and federal employees.

Tags: Bipartisan Policy Center , budget , Congress , supercommittee , House , Senate , continuing resolution

Monday - 11/14/2011, 07:19am EST
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After averting shutdown, a bigger budget fight brews

The Senate passed a continuing resolution to extend spending six weeks beyond the current fiscal year, ending on Friday. The House plans to vote Monday on the bill which funds government until Nov. 18. But on Nov. 23 is another important budget date the joint select committee on deficit reduction must submit its recommendations to Congress on ways to reduce $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade.

Tags: Federal Drive , Amy Morris , Tom Temin , Bipartisan Policy Center , Congress , continuing resolution , shutdown

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 08:26am EDT
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