Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts

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Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts

By: Rebecca Blatt // July 30, 2012
Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, addresses federal contractors at a meeting called "OMG: What if sequestration happens?" in Arlington, Va. earlier this month.
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Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, addresses federal contractors at a meeting called “OMG: What if sequestration happens?” in Arlington, Va. earlier this month.

As deadline looms, planning for the worst and hoping for the best

There’s a lot of talk around Washington these days involving a nasty “s”-word: sequestration. It’s the name given to the deep, across-the-board federal spending cuts set to go into effect in January if Congress does not intervene.

These cuts were meant to be an incentive for a Congressional “super committee” to find an alternative way to reduce the deficit, but its failure to reach any agreement triggered $1.2 trillion in reductions during the next decade. As the deadline approaches for lawmakers to avert the cuts, many local leaders are concerned.

“When you tie your economy to one horse, it really has to be a good horse. And ours has come up lame now,” says Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. Continue reading “Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts”

Part 1: ‘It’s Complicated’: The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

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Part 1: ‘It’s Complicated’: The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

If the workforce shrinks, what happens to the D.C. area?

By: Rebecca Blatt // July 26, 2012
 Decisions about the size of the federal government are not so easy in the D.C. region, which has a huge number of residents with ties to Uncle Sam.

Decisions about the size of the federal government are not so easy in the D.C. region, which has a huge number of residents with ties to Uncle Sam.

The thing about living in the D.C. area is that pretty much everyone has some tie to the federal government. Business owners have customers who work for the federal government.  Doctors have patients who do. WAMU, for instance, receives federal funding and support from federal contractors.

The U.S. is right in the throes of the debate on the appropriate size of the government right now: presidential campaigns are in full swing amidst concern about the growing federal deficit. But those conversations take on different meanings in the D.C. area.  Perhaps because of that co-dependency between area residents and the fed, people who live in the D.C. region are asking some pointed questions about the size and role of the federal government.  Continue reading “Part 1: ‘It’s Complicated’: The Federal Government And The D.C. Region”

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