Archive for May 2015

The Laser Weapon System Technology

May 21, 2015 - 01:58 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.

Peter Morrison, program officer with the Office of Naval research in the Department of the Navy, developed LaWs, the first ever laser weapon approved for combat operations.

Find out more about his story, here.

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The next presidential transition

May 20, 2015 - 02:29 PM
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In a little over 18 months, a new president will take over the White House, and with it, responsibility for more than four million federal workers. Now, a new initiative by The Partnership for Public Service will tackle the issues of the next transition.

Tom Fox, Federal Coach with The Partnership for Public Service, discussed the presidential transition with Capital Insider.

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Making progress at the VA

May 18, 2015 - 01:49 PM
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More than one year after scandal at the VA, its facilities are still struggling to make things better. Now, two bills on Capitol Hill could provide more regulations to the agency's infrastructure.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the progress at the VA with Capital Insider.

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A lack of competition in Pentagon acquisition

May 13, 2015 - 09:25 PM
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This month, the Government Accountability office reported on a risky practice at the Department of Defense called "one-offer awards." GAO found more than 40 percent of contracts and task orders have no competition.

Bill Woods, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the GAO, discussed his findings with Capital Insider.

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The reverse retirement wave

May 11, 2015 - 06:07 PM
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30% of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire in 2017, but many aren't leaving. This is part of a growing trend across government.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose" discussed the trend and its consequences with Capital Insider.

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The NSA Fight

May 11, 2015 - 06:06 PM
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Last week, a federal appeals court called the NSA's mass phone data collection program illegal. Now, lawmakers are under new pressure to take action.

Julian Hattem, reporter for The Hill, discussed the surveillance program and larger Patriot Act with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

May 11, 2015 - 01:48 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 Jade Helm conspiracy, Clinton's cash allegations, and Carly Fiorina's domain name mishap.

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That was the week that was

May 4, 2015 - 02:22 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist David Mercer break down the week in politics.

In this installment they debate, the protests in Baltimore, Sen. Bernie Sanders' bid for president, and more scandal plaguing Gov. Chris Christie.

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DOE loans

May 4, 2015 - 02:18 PM
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The Department of Energy's loan program portfolio totals more than $25 billion. The funds are slated to help projects on nuclear, solar, and wind power alternatives.

Frank Rusco, director of natural resources and environmental issues with the GAO, discussed the program and risk of loan default with Capital Insider.

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