Archive for February 2013

Border security key to immigration reform negotiations

February 28, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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Rebecca Gambler, director of homeland security and justice issues for the Government Accountability Office, discussed her report on border security with Capital Insider.

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The private sector's take on sequestration

February 28, 2013 - 04:25 PM
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Jail Aitoro, federal contracting reporter for the Washington Business Journal, reports on sequestration, Booz Allen Hamilton's retirement plan, and Mandiant Corporation.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider:

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Syrian regime offers talks, fighting resumes

February 28, 2013 - 04:20 PM
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The crumbling city of Aleppo was, once again, the site of intense conflict on Tuesday. The renewed violence came as somewhat of a surprise. One day earlier, the Assad regime offered -- for the first time -- to hold talks with rebel forces.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (U.S. Army, retired) discussed that and other top defense issues on Capital Insider.

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Graham puts taxes on the table, with a caveat

February 28, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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A small crack emerged in sequestration negotiations this week. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he would be willing to raise revenue if President Obama would be willing to reform entitlement programs.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other top tax topics on Capital Insider.

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CACI and the "new normal"

February 26, 2013 - 03:45 PM
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With sequestration looming, firms that supply goods and services to the federal government are making adjustments.

CACI International -- a contractor based in Arlington Va. -- offers an interesting case study.

Nick Wakeman, editor in chief of Washington Technology, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Federal furloughs would take effect in April

February 26, 2013 - 03:40 PM
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The impact of sequestration will be widespread but it won't be immediate.

Federal workers will be notified of furloughs next week. They will lose up to 20 percent of their paycheck for several months. Due to notification requirements, furloughs would not begin until April.

The deadline could give negotiators breathing room to work on a deal.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed federal furloughs with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

February 25, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler debate the week in politics.
This week, we covered the sequestration blame game, the influence outside groups have on immigration reform, and lawmakers behaving badly.

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Agencies release details of sequester impact

February 22, 2013 - 02:10 PM
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In an effort to break the sequestration impasse (or what some in the GOP call a calculated political move), President Obama placed two important calls on Thursday. The White House says Obama had "good conversations" with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Neither side reported progress.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth" on Federal News Radio, discussed the sequester and other top government topics with Capital Insider.

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Housing market cools slightly in January

February 21, 2013 - 01:15 PM
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The Commerce Department released new numbers this week. They show U.S. homebuilders started work at a slower pace in January than in December. But the report contained some good numbers too.

Ingrid Beckles, CEO of The Beckles Collective, discussed that and other top housing topics with Capital Insider.

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The Federal Coach on Obama's cabinet shuffle

February 21, 2013 - 01:10 PM
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It's the beginning of President Obama's second term. That means new advisors. Several nominations are pending and several positions remain open.

For the people who work at agencies like Commerce, Labor, Energy, and Transportation the process can be unsettling.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed that and other top government topics with Capital Insider.

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Mortar strikes highlight rebel advances in Syria

February 20, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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The civil war in Syria hit President Bashar Assad's doorstep on Tuesday, when two mortars exploded near one of his palaces in Damascus.

Syria's state news service did not report any casualties, and it's unclear if Assad was inside (he owns two more palaces in the city), but the strike is the first in Assad's safe zone and another sign that rebels keep advancing.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, retired) discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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TCS: Trim the farm bill and cut oil subsidies

February 20, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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This month, 13 groups sent a letter to Congress identifying budget savings worth $100 billion over the next decade. They would draw from the farm bill and pay down the national debt.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other top tax topics with Capital Insider.

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FAA to accept bids for drone test sites

February 19, 2013 - 03:50 PM
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The Federal Aviation Administration wants to create six drone test sites across the country -- a big step toward widespread use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the U.S.

The FAA also posted a draft plan to protect people's privacy from "eyes in the sky."

Ben Gielow, attorney for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (or AUVSI) in Arlington, discussed those steps with Capital Insider.

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Top charities lobby against giving limit

February 19, 2013 - 03:45 PM
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This month, members of the Charitable Giving Coalition appeared before Congress. They argued a cap, or limit, to such deductions will hurt the U.S. economy.

Jatrice Martel Gaiter, executive vice president for the Volunteers of America, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

February 18, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler debate the week in politics including President Obama's call for a $9 minimum wage, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and the GOP filibuster of Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel.

Here's their interview with Capital Insider:

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D.C. Attorney General explains S&P lawsuit

February 15, 2013 - 02:05 PM
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This month, the U.S. Justice Department filed a $5 billion lawsuit against credit-ratings agency Standard & Poor's. Several states, including the District of Columbia, followed suit.

Officials say S&P refused to warn investors of a housing market collapse in 2006 because it would be bad for business.

McGraw-Hill, the parent company of S&P, called the suit "meritless."

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan discussed the case with Capital Insider.

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AP discovers document outlining Al Qaeda strategy

February 15, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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Last month, Al Qaeda left behind a crucial document in Mali. It was tucked under a pile of papers and trash, and spells out their strategy in North Africa. The Associated Press found it in a building Al Qaeda occupied for one year.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, retired) discussed the discovery and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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President Obama pushes Congress on cybersecurity

February 14, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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The Obama administration spent months drafting a cybersecurity executive order -- a set of voluntary standards for protecting U.S. information.

President Obama signed it on Tuesday, then offered justification for it during his State of the Union address.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other top tech topics with Capital Insider.

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The U.S., China, and Sub-Saharan Africa

February 14, 2013 - 04:10 PM
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In 2001, China doubled-down on their work in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, they surpassed U.S. trade in the region. Petroleum plays a huge role.

David Gootnick, director of international affairs and trade issues for the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Can the U.S. do anything to discourage N. Korean nuclear tests?

February 13, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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Secretary of State John Kerry says world nations need to agree on a "swift, clear, strong and credible response" to North Korea's third nuclear test. A lack of resolve would risk emboldening Iran, he said.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, discussed the test and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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