WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Federal Cuts Could Affect Tech Support Industry

Play associated audio

Small federal contractors in Virginia are bracing for the impact of sequestration, and those that provide tech support to federal agencies worry that they could be the first budget item on the chopping block.

Staci Redmon is the president and CEO of Strategy and Management Services, or SAMS, headquartered in Springfield, Va. The company provides IT and other management support to various federal agencies, and Redmon says if the sequester happens, job cuts at her company are a real possibility, one that breaks her heart.

"At SAMS we're a family, and when we hire someone into the company, we recognize that we are probably the primary source of income for the family," she says.

Dale Spencer, chief operating officer for OBX Tek, a contractor in Tysons Corner that works with several different agencies, is also worried. But he says what's frustrating is not knowing how concerned he should be.

"We don't know whether we're going to be affected a few people, or 50 people," he says. "We just don't know. That's the biggest problem."

Spencer's company provides helpdesk support. He says it's frustrating to think those services could be cut, because less tech support could mean less productive federal employees, and that he says, could cost more money in the long run.

NPR

Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
NPR

Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
NPR

House Report On Benghazi Attack: Ample Warning, Weak Response

Republicans on the House special committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks release the results of their two-year-long investigation on Tuesday.
NPR

Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.