Archive for February 2014

That was the week that was

February 28, 2014 - 08:05 PM
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This week, GOP Strategist Jack Burkman announced that he would pursue a bill to ban gay players from the National Football League. The effort prompted widespread condemnation. Burkman's lobbying firm lost clients. And his old employer, his brother, and NFL prospect Michael Sam denounced the effort.

Burkman, a weekly political contributor to Capital Insider, said he will announce co-sponsors next week.

"Not only are we not backing down, we're doubling down, tripling down, and we will pass this legislation," Burkman said.

Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler accused Burkman of hatred and homophobic language.

"This is the most egregious thing that I've ever heard of in American history," Fowler said.

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The IRS and non-profits

February 28, 2014 - 05:00 PM
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The Internal Revenue Service wants to restrict how certain tax exempt groups spend their money on politics. A major lawsuit could be on the horizon.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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An update on UAS testing

February 28, 2014 - 04:45 PM
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Lat year, the Federal Aviation Administration announced six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research. The agency is working toward fully integrating the technology into commercial airspace.

Ben Gielow, attorney with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, discussed their progress with Capital Insider.

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Making government work

February 27, 2014 - 03:44 PM
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Today, the Partnership for Public Service released a report on shared support services. In it, they've outlined how to make agencies more efficient.

Beth McGrath, director in Deloitte's Federal Practice, discussed how agencies can implement successful shared services plans with Capital Insider.

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Clinton on the campaign trail

February 27, 2014 - 03:42 PM
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The 2014 mid-term elections are approaching, and one democrat is calling in a heavy hitter. Former President Bill Clinton was in Louisville to show support for Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Alexandra Jaffe, staff writer for The Hill, discussed Clinton's role in this year's campaign cycle with Capital Insider.

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The IRS and new targeting rules

February 26, 2014 - 03:41 PM
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Last year, the IRS was in hot water for targeting certain political groups. Now, they've doubled down on the policy to include nonprofit organizations.

David Williams, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The Pentagon and military cuts

February 26, 2014 - 03:38 PM
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is announcing changes to the defense budget. Now, there's growing controversy whether it will jeopardize national security.

Lt. Col. Antony Shaffer (ret.), senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Contracting Fraud

February 25, 2014 - 02:37 PM
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Two contractors are headed to jail as part of a scheme to milk millions from the government. On Friday, they were sentenced and ordered to pay back more than $1 million dollars.

Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, discussed how these men were able to milk the system for 5 years with Capital Insider.

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The president's 2015 budget

February 25, 2014 - 02:34 PM
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Next week, President Obama will release a fiscal budget proposal. His actions will be greeted with great anticipation by federal workers.

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

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That was the week that was

February 24, 2014 - 02:10 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the CBO's report on raising the minimum wage, rocker Ted Nugent's inflammatory comments, and Rep. Michele Bachmann's take on a female president.

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Repealing COLA cuts

February 21, 2014 - 04:20 PM
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Last week, the Senate voted to pass a bill restoring military retiree benefits. After intense criticism from military groups, Congress has repealed part of December's budget deal.

John Donnelly, editor of Executive Briefing Defense, discussed what repealing COLA cuts means for the defense sector with Capital Insider.

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The Department of Homeland Security

February 21, 2014 - 04:14 PM
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Earlier this week, DHS announced it wanted to create a license plate recognition database. Now, after privacy concerns, they've scrapped the project.

Dan Verton, cyber and national security reporter for FedScoop, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Lessons from the Olympics

February 20, 2014 - 02:14 PM
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For the past several days, athletes have been thrust into a very public spotlight. They've been judged on every action, response, and endlessly analyzed.

Tom Fox, Federal Coach with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the similarities between athletes and the federal managers with Capital Insider.

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Personnel security clearances

February 20, 2014 - 02:11 PM
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After the attack at the Navy Yard and Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, background checks have been under the microscope. The GAO has been monitoring the quality of the security clearance process for many years, trying to make it more effective.

Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management issues for the GAO, discussed how attacks could be prevented with better security clearance protocol with Capital Insider.

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The Farm Bill

February 19, 2014 - 04:46 PM
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The newly signed law is supposed to be a reform measure. However, under closer scrutiny, the law doesn't hold up.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayer's for Common Sense, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider

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Negotiating with terrorists

February 19, 2014 - 04:43 PM
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A new report indicates U.S. officials may be willing to release taliban prisoners for the return of an American POW.
This is in stark contrast to U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.), executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The January of Doom

February 18, 2014 - 03:30 PM
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Senate Democrats predicted they would maintain their advantage over Republicans after this year's mid-term elections. However, the DSCC is resorting to scare tactics to raise money for dems,

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed this and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The Debt Bill

February 18, 2014 - 03:27 PM
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Over the weekend, a deal to lift the nation's borrowing limit was signed into law. Now, the government will have enough money to pay Social Security benefits and federal salaries..

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose", discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Federal workers fighting back

February 13, 2014 - 04:01 PM
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Last October's government shutdown gave Americans a glimpse of what life would be like without government employees. Now, there's an overwhelming lack of support for them in Congress.

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, discussed a newly launched campaign to educate citizens about government work with Capital Insider.

For more information on the campaign, click here.

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Janet Yellen's big debut

February 13, 2014 - 03:58 PM
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The Federal Reserve's new chair made her first public comments about the economy. Many investors were looking for signs of how she'll handle the agency's economic stimulus program.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed Janet Yellen's big debut with Capital Insider.

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