Archive for category Stories to Share February 2015

The net neutrality debate

February 27, 2015 - 06:40 PM
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The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on rule changes that will impact how internet traffic is treated. This issue has sparked debate between telecommunication companies and businesses who don't like the idea of an open internet.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed net neutrality with Capital Insider.

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Defense Secretary visits Afghanistan

February 27, 2015 - 06:36 PM
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New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Afghanistan over the weekend for security talks. Recent reports suggest President Obama is re-thinking the draw-down of U.S. Forces in the region.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed Carter's trip with Capital Insider.

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Searching the deep web

February 24, 2015 - 02:27 PM
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A large percentage of information on the internet isn't found by using a conventional search engine. Now, the Pentagon is developing a new way to scour the World Wide Web.

Kevin McCaney, editor-in-chief of Defense Systems, discussed Memex with Capital Insider

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The DHS budget debate

February 24, 2015 - 02:26 PM
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With a federal funding deadline this week, Capitol Hill is under a lot of pressure to pass a budget for the agency. If not, more than 200,000 people will report to work with no pay.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the budget debate with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

February 24, 2015 - 02:25 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 war of words when it comes to ISIS, Rudy Giuliani's comments on Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden's close encounter.

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E-mail security

February 24, 2015 - 02:23 PM
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Last week, officials discovered a hacking ring that stole $1 billion from more than 100 banks. These cyber criminals carried out the attack with fraudulent emails, also referred to as "phishing scams."

Dan Verton, editorial director at Fed-Scoop discussed cyber security with Capital Insider.

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The High Risk List

February 24, 2015 - 02:22 PM
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The 2015 High Risk List updated last week highlighting two new areas of interest. Veteran affairs health-care and management of I-T acquisitions were added, calling attention to both programs vulnerability.

Chris Mihm, managing director of Strategic Issues with the Government Accountability Office discussed changes to the High Risk List with Capital Insider.

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Federal professional development

February 19, 2015 - 02:15 PM
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Managers are often caught up in the day to day grind, working towards their agency's mission. Meanwhile, these managers neglect their own professional development.

Tom Fox, our Federal Coach with the Partnership with Public Service, discussed professional development with Capital Insider.

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An update on the housing market

February 19, 2015 - 02:14 PM
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Homebuilder confidence took a hit this month, dropping two points to 57. Now, the Federal Reserve is showing uncertainty when it comes to raising interest rates.

Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, director for the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, discussed current status of the housing market with Capital Insider.

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A look at the Farm Bill

February 19, 2015 - 02:02 PM
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Last year, the $1 trillion Farm Bill was passed covering numerous agricultural and food programs. This measure is now on track to cost taxpayers way more than expected.

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

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Greece and the Euro Zone

February 19, 2015 - 02:01 PM
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Greece is coming under pressure to accept a bailout extension bill. While investors are optimistic about a deal between Greece and its creditors, the country's government is resisting.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor group, spoke about the impact on the European economy if Greece leaves the Euro-Zone with Capital Insider.

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The billion dollar bank hack

February 19, 2015 - 02:00 PM
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Security experts say a cyber criminal ring has stolen approximately $1 billion from banks around the world. Now, it's being called one of the biggest banking breaches in history.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, a retired air force intelligence officer, discussed the details of the cyber bank hack with Capital Insider.

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The DHS standoff

February 19, 2015 - 01:59 PM
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House Speaker John Boehner is warning that Department of Homeland Security could shutdown at the end of the month. Despite the House has passed a bill that would overturn Obama's plan to limit deportations, but it's being held up in the Senate by Democrats.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose on Federal News Radio, 1500 AM, discussed the potential DHS shutdown with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

February 16, 2015 - 02:36 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 Obama's war authorization, funding for DHS, and the RNC's new Hillary Clinton attack ad.

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Protecting Africa

February 16, 2015 - 02:34 PM
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Security experts are becoming increasingly concerned with the spread of terrorist organizations in Africa. Now, experts say fighting terrorism on the continent is key to global security.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP radio, discussed the threat to civilians in Africa and other issues with Capital Insider.

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The FEC and nonprofits

February 16, 2015 - 02:33 PM
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The Federal Election Commission held an open hearing to address campaign contributions. The hearing caused politically active organizations to argue for their own pet political projects.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, covered the forum and discussed the issues of the proposed FEC rule with Capital Insider.

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Arming Ukraine

February 13, 2015 - 02:30 PM
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The debate continues on whether the U.S. should provide lethal aid to the war-torn Ukraine. Now, experts that have visited the region say non-lethal technology would greatly improve the Ukrainian army's chances of winning.

Patrick Tucker, technology editor for Defense One, discussed the debate on arming Ukraine with Capital Insider.

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Obama's war authorization

February 13, 2015 - 02:29 PM
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President Obama has unveiled his proposal for the use of force against ISIS. The three year plan calls for restrictions on American ground troops, which is causing controversy on Capitol Hill.

Kevin Cirilli, reporter for The Hill, discussed the war authorization on Capital Insider.

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A look at solar subsidies

February 11, 2015 - 02:43 PM
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A 2010 report by the GAO found that there were 345 federal incentives supporting solar energy. As many as 20 agencies fund thousands of projects to develop the technology, costing millions.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed solar subsidies with Capital Insider.

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ISIS on the hunt for hostages

February 11, 2015 - 02:39 PM
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British journalist John Cantlie is thought to be one of the last western hostages held by ISIS. Now, a new report suggests the terrorist group is planning to kidnap more westerners.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow a the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the threat to westerners in the middle east and other issues with Capital Insider.

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