Archive for May 2014

Satellite research and policy

May 30, 2014 - 07:27 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Miguel Roman, finalist for the Call to Service medal, discussed his work with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Nanomanufacturing

May 30, 2014 - 07:26 PM
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Analysts say nanomanufacturing is emerging as a global mega-trend. The technology is at the forefront of science and could transform various industries.

Timothy Persons, chief scientist with the GAO, discussed how the U.S. is developing the technology with Capital Insider.

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U.S. Foreign policy

May 30, 2014 - 07:25 PM
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This week Obama delivered the commencement speech at West Point. In it, he outlined his vision for the military in the next decade.

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 VA wait list scandal

May 30, 2014 - 07:24 PM
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VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is speaking out about the troubling findings. Now, a new report calls the problems a systemic issue.

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

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Spying on competitors

May 30, 2014 - 07:23 PM
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Two top executives at an Arlington software company have pled guilty for conspiring to steal trade secrets. Now, the former CEO has issued an apology for the incident.

Jill Aitoro, senior staff reporter with the Washington Business Journal, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

May 29, 2014 - 04:40 PM
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Republican Strategist Cherylyn Harley LeBon and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the Benghazi investigation, secret waitlists at the VA, and 2016 presidential hopefuls

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Divulging U.S. secrets

May 28, 2014 - 01:34 PM
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The controversial site Wikileaks is threatening to release the name of another country being heavily monitored by the NSA. Now, some experts warn the disclosure could cost lives.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent with WTOP radio, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Campaign cash

May 28, 2014 - 01:32 PM
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After members of Congress leave Capitol Hill, the shutter their campaigns. Now, many former lawmakers are sitting on million of unused funds.

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

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Uncovering abuse in Alabama's prisons

May 28, 2014 - 01:29 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Susan Hanson, finalist for the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement medal, discussed her work the FBI on Capital Insider

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Revitalizing the federal workplace

May 22, 2014 - 02:46 PM
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It's been seven months since last October's government shutdown. Federal worker morale is low, and managers are facing even more challenges.

Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton, LLP, discussed the federal workplace with Capital Insider.

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An update on the housing market

May 22, 2014 - 02:44 PM
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The U.S. homebuilder confidence index has slipped to 45. This marks the lowest level in 12 months.

Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, director of the Center for Housing Policy, discussed the housing market with Capital Insider.

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A closer look at net neutrality

May 21, 2014 - 02:20 PM
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The FCC is weighing its options on a new proposal. New rules could allow internet service providers to charge more for faster internet.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider

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Prosecuting international cyber-espionage

May 21, 2014 - 02:19 PM
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The U.S. Department of Justice indicted five Chineses officials for hacking into six companies to steal trade secrets. Now, China is already signalling it will not cooperate, pointing the finger back at the U.S.

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

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Shake up at the VA

May 20, 2014 - 06:48 PM
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The Department of Veterans Affairs is once again in the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons. Now, allegations have rocked the agency that employees altered wait times, possibly causing the deaths of 40 veterans.

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

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The NDAA

May 20, 2014 - 06:46 PM
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The House is working on a plan that could allow for more than $600 billion in Pentagon spending. However, the bill is far from the same proposed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel earlier this year.

John Donnelly, editor of the CQ "On Defense" blog, discussed the NDAA with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

May 19, 2014 - 02:33 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist LaToya Foster break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss immigration reform, President Obama's transportation bill, and Karl Rove's remarks on Hillary Clinton.

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The Pentagon's 2015 budget

May 19, 2014 - 02:32 PM
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The House Armed Services Committee recently passed a version of the NDAA. The bill is a bit different from the original Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed earlier this year.

Ben Freeman, national security policy advisor for Third Way, discussed the Pentagon's budget with Capital Insider.

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The role of UAVs

May 19, 2014 - 02:31 PM
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UAVs have become the weapon of choice for fighting terrorism in remote areas. Now, the Pentagon is exploring the next phase of drone use for the military.

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

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An update on the job market

May 15, 2014 - 07:49 PM
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Government data for April shows a boost in hiring, causing the unemployment rate to plunge. Now, some analysts say it might be too soon to celebrate.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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VA education benefits

May 15, 2014 - 07:47 PM
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Despite the on-going troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of troops utilize the agency to pay for their education. Now, a study by the GAO shows the agency could be doing more to make student veterans more informed.

Melissa Emrey-Arras, with the Government Accountability Office, discussed VA education benefits with Capital Insider.

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