A Smaller Government: Risks, Rewards, Reform

A Smaller Government: Risks, Rewards, Reform

In many ways, the entire Washington region is a "company town." All of us, not just federal employees and contractors, will be affected by the $100 billion dollar federal budget cuts slated to automatically start in less than five months.

Agreed to last summer by Congress and called "sequestration," more than $100 billion in automatic federal budget cuts are scheduled to go into effect beginning January 2013. As a result, federal employees, government contractors (defense and otherwise), local officials and others are being forced to consider best and worst-case scenarios of "smaller government" and dramatically reduced federal spending. Join Kojo to explore what we know and don't know about the cuts, the anticipatory planning underway across various different sectors in our community, how you will be affected (even if you are not a federal worker or contractor) and whether our region is prepared for this reality -- emotionally and financially -- going forward.

Guests

Robert Levinson

Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Max Stier

President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

Colleen Kelley

President, National Treasury Employees Union

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