Archive for August 2013

Creating the Kepler Space Mission

August 30, 2013 - 05:15 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

William Borucki, finalist for the Career Achievement Medal, discussed his work on the Kepler Space Mission.

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Reading the tea leaves on SAIC

August 30, 2013 - 05:10 PM
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Science Applications International Corporation will morph into two publicly-traded companies late this year -- SAIC and Leidos Holdings Inc. based in Reston.

Jill Aitoro, senior staff reporter at the Washington Business Journal, discussed that and other top business stories with Capital Insider.

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The Backlash over Bitcoin, Part II

August 29, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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Bitcoin is a new form of currency that operates with no central authority or banks. It's a topics we covered on Capital Insider earlier this month. This week, regulators started to take notice.

Andrea Castillo, researcher with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, offered an update.

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The Combined Federal Campaign

August 29, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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According to the Office of Personnel Management, "CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity." It boasts 200 campaigns across the country and around the world.

Now, it's about to get underway again.

Tom Crispell, a 2012 CFC National Hero Award Winner, discussed the campaign with Capital Insider.

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Congressional Compensation

August 28, 2013 - 05:35 PM
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On Wednesday, the non-profit and non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance published a report that suggests U.S. lawmakers are overpaid and should make sacrifices comparable to the average taxpayer.

TPA President David Williams breaks down the numbers for Capital Insider.

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Obama considers possible strike on Syria

August 28, 2013 - 05:30 PM
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National Security leaders met at the White House on Tuesday, as the Obama Administration moved closer to a likely strike against the Syria regime.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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The Fast 50

August 27, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, breaks down the Fast 50 of federal contracting with Capital Insider.

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Update on the Federal Election Commission

August 27, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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Two presidential nominees to the FEC have been waiting in the wings since July. Now, they could be poised for approval.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 26, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate the Justice Department's lawsuit against Texas, President Obama's comments on the National Security Agency, and how to limit the cost of higher education.

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Pioneering better hurricane models

August 23, 2013 - 04:10 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Mark DeMaria, finalist for the Career Achievement Medal, discussed his work on forecasting hurricanes at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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U.N. calls for chemical weapons investigation

August 23, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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The Syrian government pressed its offensive in Eastern Damascus on Thursday. They bombed suburbs held by rebel forces -- the same suburbs where opposition forces said the regime carried out a chemical weapons attack.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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The talent pipeline for federal government

August 22, 2013 - 03:50 PM
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The Senior Executive Service are agencies' career leaders. The work they do is central to the operation of each federal agency. In the coming years, a large chunk of SESers are set to retire.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Cargo and the U.S. Army's response to shifting operations

August 22, 2013 - 03:45 PM
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Army commanders in Afghanistan -- and at installations around the world -- need to transport critical cargo. They also need the flexibility to respond to a changing battlefield.

Zina Merritt, director of defense capabilities and management issues with the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issues with Capital Insider.

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Housing Market: August update

August 22, 2013 - 03:40 PM
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The sales of previously occupied homes surged in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million. That's the healthiest level in nearly four years. Once again, the spike in sales shows housing is a driving force in America's economic recovery.

Ingrid Beckles, CEO of the Beckles Collective, discussed the latest housing market headlines with Capital Insider.

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A call for tax reform transparency

August 21, 2013 - 07:40 PM
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For the first time in nearly three decades, Congress is trying a blank slate approach to tax reform. But a big part of the process has been shielded from the public.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Key developments in Egypt

August 21, 2013 - 07:35 PM
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The Obama Administration is reviewing the U.S.'s $1.3 billion annual aid package to the Egyptian military.

Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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Cyber attacks on the federal government

August 20, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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For the second time this year, the Energy Department says hackers broke into its computer network and exposed employee information.

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

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The Silicon Valley of Drones

August 20, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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The Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires the FAA to select six test sites to study the safety of unmanned aerial systems. The goal: Certify commercial drones for use in the National airspace.

Andrea Peterson, tech policy blogger for The Washington Post, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 20, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler and Vince Coglianese, managing editor of The Daily Caller, review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate broken privacy rules, President Obama's tough spot on Egypt, and Missouri's rodeo clown controversy.

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Responding to the 2012 meningitis outbreak

August 16, 2013 - 05:25 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Dr. J. Todd Weber, finalist for the Citizen Services Medal, discussed his work on meningitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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