Archive for October 2012

That was the week that was

October 29, 2012 - 11:00 AM
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Hurricane Sandy's approach could overshadow the final stretch of this year's presidential campaign. The freakish late-season mega-storm forced both campaigns to cancel events over the weekend.

The storm also forced Virginia and electrical utilities to activate a contingency plan. They want to act quickly if any polling places are without power before the November 6th election.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Nicole Williams discussed the week's top political headlines on Capital Insider.

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From Data to Decisions II

October 29, 2012 - 10:30 AM
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The IBM Center for the Business of Government released a new study this month -- a joint venture with the Partnership for Public Service.

It's titled "From Data to Decisions II, building an analytics culture." The report highlights how government agencies can use the vast amount of data they collect to improve performance.

John Kamensky with the IBM Center offered details on Capital Insider.

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The murky laws that regulate compounding pharmacies

October 26, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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This week, the government released a customer list for the specialty pharmacy tied to an outbreak of fungal meningitis.

The New England Compounding Center made steroid shots and shipped them to clinics in nearly two-dozen states. Since then, 24 people have died and 100s more got sick. Now, lawmakers are involved.

Emily Ethridge, health care reporter for CQ Roll Call, discussed the developing story on Capital Insider.

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Tweet threats, North Korea, and terrorism trends

October 26, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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The tone of this year's closely-fought presidential campaign has often been nasty. The second debate between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney was easily the most confrontational.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, reported on a series of 'tweets' directed at both candidates after that debate. He discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Major contractors' revenue down, but earnings better than expected

October 25, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Investor Place finds aerospace and defense contractors reported mixed third-quarter earnings, but that revenue beat most estimates.

Boeing earned $1.3 billion, General Dynamics earned $600 million, Northrop Grumman earned $6.27 billion, and Lockheed Martin earned $11.87 billion, according to Investor Place. All of those numbers are down compared to the third quarter of 2011.

The Washington Business Journal's Jennifer Nycz-Conner discussed those findings and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Mobile devices and your privacy

October 25, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Smart phones, tablets, and GPS devices keep us connected on the go. In doing so, they collect location data, analyze it, and provide us with location-based services.

A new report finds the practice can pose privacy risks.

Greg Wilshusen, director of information security issues at the Government Accountability Office, discussed that report with Capital Insider.

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Obama, Romney, and U.S. foreign policy

October 24, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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On Monday, President Obama and Mitt Romney met for their third and final debate. The focus: foreign policy.

Emily Cadei, foreign policy writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the candidates' positions with Capital Insider.

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Farm bill, milk subsidies, and congressional gridlock

October 24, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Small dairy farmers in the Northeast and Wisconsin say Congress made a tough year even tougher by failing to pass a new farm bill before the old one expired.

Meanwhile, the worst drought in decades has dried up grazing lands, pushed up the price of hay and feed, and forced some dairy farmers out of business.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the tax implications with Capital Insider.

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Wakeman: 50-50 chance for sequestration

October 23, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Six months ago, sequestration seemed highly unlikely. Now, only two weeks ahead of election day, those across-the-board spending cuts keep drawing closer. Congress has not passed a budget extension, and Republicans and Democrats have not outlined any possible compromise.

"It was inconceivable that the brinkmanship would get so bad... as to let it happen," Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman wrote in a recent editorial. "But now I'm starting to doubt myself."

Wakeman discussed sequestration and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Prison population outgrows capacity

October 23, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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According to the Government Accountability Office, the Bureau of Prisons growth plan is out of step with its intake. Inmate capacity grew by seven percent between 2006 and 2011, but the inmate population grew by 9.5 percent.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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The Veteran Portrait Project

October 22, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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This is the latest report in our series focused on the men and women in uniform, and military veterans.

'The American Veteran' was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's goal: to inform active duty service members, veterans, and their families about VA benefits and services available to them.

Here's VA Spokeswoman Anne Richardson on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

October 22, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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The presidential candidates stepped off the campaign trail this weekend to prepare for their third and final face-off on live TV.

President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet in Boca Raton Fla. on Monday night. CBS's Bob Schieffer will moderate the debate.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed the top political headlines on Capital Insider.

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Quazi Nafis and U.S. sting operations

October 19, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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Conflicting images have emerged of a Bangladesh native arrested in a FBI sting this week. Authorities say he tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb.

His family members were shocked. They describe Quazi Nafis, a Manhattan bus boy, as "timid" and "victim of a conspiracy."

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, retired) discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Experian's 'Precise ID' and privacy concerns

October 19, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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In the past, Social Security statements arrived once a year by U.S. mail. They calculate retirement and disability benefits, list lifetime earnings, and outline how much a worker has paid in taxes.

Now, most of those statements will move online.

Barbara Rivera, president and general manager of Experian's public sector division, discussed her company's work on the project. She also addressed privacy concerns.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider.

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Housing recovery gaining strength

October 18, 2012 - 06:00 PM
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This week, the Commerce Department said U.S. builders started construction on single-family homes and apartments at the fastest rate in more than four years. The seasonally adjusted rate now sits at 872,000 homes.

Ingrid Beckles of 'The Beckles Collective' offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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Obama and Romney as CEO of federal workers

October 18, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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The federal government serves as our nation's largest employer with more than 1.6 million permanent civilian workers.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the presidential candidates as the next CEO of those workers on Capital Insider.

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Should the NFL, NHL, and PGA benefit from tax loopholes?

October 17, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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This week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released 'Wastebook 2012' -- an oversight report that recommends cutting more than 100 government programs worth nearly $18 billion.

Tax loopholes for the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the Professional Golfers' Association top Coburn's list.

Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Presidential candidates, running mates, and foreign policy

October 17, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed Republican criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last month's deadly attack at the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Clinton told CNN, she -- not the White House -- is responsible for the security of U.S. Diplomatic missions.

The issue came up at the vice-presidential debate last week, and the second presidential debate on Tuesday night.

CQ Roll Call's John Donnelly discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Issa questions White House's Warn Act intervention

October 16, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Last month, The White House Office of Management and Budget told the top ten defense contractors that there would be no need to issue advance layoff notices.

Now, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants to know more about their intervention.

Francis Rose, host of 'In Depth with Francis Rose' on Federal News Radio, discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Cyber authorities confront new risks to U.S. networks

October 16, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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The FBI's Washington Field Office created a special unit this month. Its job: investigate intellectual property thefts.

Officials call the unit part of a more aggressive approach to cyber crime.

Terry Roberts, chairwoman of the cyber council with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, discussed that and other tech issues on Capital Insider.

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