Archive for June 2014

Improving Public Health

June 27, 2014 - 05:26 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.

Marcia Crosse, finalist for the Citizen Services Medal, increased awareness of the need for better regulation of drugs and medical devices. This led to the FDA creating reforms that better protect public health.

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Blurring Lines in Iraq

June 27, 2014 - 02:24 PM
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The United States, Iran, and Iraq rarely have the same agenda, but with ISIS forces bearing down on Baghdad the three have the same goals in mind.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP radio, discussed that and Boko Haram's attacks in Nigeria with Capital Insider.

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Unbolting the NGA

June 26, 2014 - 02:08 PM
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The National Geospatial agency has a history of being tough for new businesses to break into. Now, they are beginning to expand giving contractors a better chance of getting involved.

Jill Aitoro, senior staff writer at the Washington Business Journal, discussed that and Booz Allen Hamilton's decision to sue Deloitte with Capital Insider.

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Shutting Down the Internet

June 25, 2014 - 12:56 PM
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In order to censor its citizens during times of unrest, nations are finding ways to block social media websites. However, many people are finding ways around this obstacle.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for the Washington Post, discussed that and more with Capital Insider.

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More Findings at the VA

June 25, 2014 - 12:52 PM
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As time goes on, federal investigators are finding even more concerning information about the VA. With long waiting lists and deficient patient care already brought to light, what will be found next?

Francis Rose, host of In-Depth with Francis Rose, discussed that and the Department of Homeland Security’s recent four year review with Capital Insider.

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Saving billions in rocket systems

June 23, 2014 - 01:26 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.

Jonathan Baker, finalist for the Call to Service Medal, discussed his work with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Systems Directorate.

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That was the week that was

June 23, 2014 - 01:06 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 the situation in Iraq, the Benghazi suspect arrest, and Hillary Clinton's bond with Obama.

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The State of the Housing Market

June 20, 2014 - 01:55 PM
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While home-builder confidence reached a high in June compared to the past five months, new home construction dropped in May. 

What does it mean for the housing market?

Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, director of the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, gives Capital Insider the scoop.

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More Troubles for the FEC

June 20, 2014 - 01:51 PM
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The FEC is edging dangerously close to a problematic anniversary. Almost a year ago their General Counsel resigned to reenter the private sector, leaving the position vacant. The head of the legal department is integral to the FEC, and the position’s absence may hurt the Commission’s ability to stay on mission.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed that and the IRS’s proposal of new rules to better regulate dark money coming from social welfare nonprofits with Capital Insider.

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Creating a Culture of Accountability

June 19, 2014 - 02:42 PM
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Long wait-lists at the VA in Phoenix may have caused multiple veteran deaths, but the facility paid out over $10 million dollars in bonuses to its employees over the past three years.

Tom Fox, our Federal Coach and columnist for the Washington Post, discussed that and ways to empower federal workers with Capital Insider.

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The Myth of Anonymous Big Data

June 19, 2014 - 02:39 PM
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New reports say big data collected from sources like Google can be made anonymous by a de-identification processes.

Dan Verton, editorial director for FedScoop, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The Student Loan Debate

June 18, 2014 - 04:35 PM
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Over 40 million Americans still have debt from student loans, and almost 7 million of them are defaulting on these loans because of their inability to pay them back.

Obama has announced a plan that is supposed to help these students, but will it hurt the taxpayers?

Michi Iljazi, communications and policy manager for the nonpartisan Taxpayer’s Protection Alliance, discussed that and more with Capital Insider.

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An Update on Benghazi

June 18, 2014 - 04:30 PM
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The U.S. captured a suspected terrorist who allegedly helped plan the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed that and the rebel ISIS militants in Iraq with Capital Insider.

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Innovation in government

June 17, 2014 - 02:37 PM
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The rocky rollout of healthcare.gov highlighted numerous problems within federal IT. The main problem is fostering innovation without circumventing the acquisition process.

Troy Schneider, editor-in-chief of FCW, discussed the problem with innovation in government with Capital Insider.

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Militants take key cities in Iraq

June 17, 2014 - 02:35 PM
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Mass executions, suicide bombings, and thousands of refugees. ISIS militants have caused death and destruction on their march toward Baghdad.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed the crisis in Iraq with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

June 17, 2014 - 02:32 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Erica Payne break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the situation in Iraq, Rep. Eric Cantor's stunning upset, and Gov. Rick Perry's praise for Hillary.

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Assessing Federal Housing

June 13, 2014 - 03:54 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.

Sara Meyers, finalist for the Call to Service Medal, discussed the innovative data analysis program she created for HUD.

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Crisis in Iraq

June 13, 2014 - 03:49 PM
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Iraq has a history of battling terrorists, but with ISIS rebels taking control of the country’s second biggest city will the country be able to hold on this time?

Retired military officer Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed that and U.S. intervention with Capital Insider.

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May’s Job Report

June 13, 2014 - 02:17 PM
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Employment rose drastically over the month of May with over 217,000 jobs added to the market, but economists are remaining cautiously optimistic.

Ylan Mui, financial columnist for The Washington Post, discussed that and Google’s forecasting abilities with Capital Insider.

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Addressing Maritime Security

June 13, 2014 - 02:15 PM
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There are hundreds of ports in the United States that move through trillions of dollars in cargo. A new report from the GAO found they may be vulnerable to a cybersecurity attack.

Stephen Caldwell, director of homeland security and justice issues for the GAO discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

 

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