Archive for March 2015

Cruz Control in 2016

March 24, 2015 - 02:39 PM
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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has officially announced his candidacy for President in 2016. He is the first presidential hopeful to throw himself in the ring, but that momentum might not sustain him in the upcoming year.

Jessica Taylor, campaign editor for The Hill, discussed Cruz's campaign with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 24, 2015 - 02:22 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate U.S. Representative Aaron Schock's resignation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory and Obama's idea on voting.

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Understanding Shared Services

March 20, 2015 - 06:46 PM
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The government has traditionally operated in silos, often employing people to perform the same job across multiple agencies. Now, the concept of shared services is starting to take shape within agencies.

Bill Beyer, partner with Deloitte, discussed the opportunity of shared services with Capital Insider.

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The Pentagon's budget

March 20, 2015 - 06:45 PM
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House Republicans have just released their 10 year budget. The new fiscal plan promises to cut $5.5 trillion dollars from the deficit, but also increases defense spending.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the new plan plus an update on tax reform with Capital Insider.

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Congress and federal workers

March 20, 2015 - 06:41 PM
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There are four new bills that could impact federal worker pay and benefits.

What are the chances that they'll pass through Congress?

Francis Rose, host of "In-depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed the bills with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 16, 2015 - 02:17 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Independent Strategist Jason Howell break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate Hillary's email explanation, the GOP's letter to Iran, and alleged corruption in Congress.

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Allegations of corruption in Congress

March 16, 2015 - 02:15 PM
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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez has been facing criticism over inappropriate ties to a political donor. Now, the Justice Department is getting involved.

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

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Environmental regulations

March 16, 2015 - 02:08 PM
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The Environmental Protection Agency ignored criticism and moved forward with a new set of rules to lower emissions. West Virginia was the first state to sign a bill giving state legislators approval over the EPA compliance plan.

Dave Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the newly proposed rules with Capital Insider.

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FBI whistleblowers

March 11, 2015 - 01:54 PM
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The agency is facing criticism over the protection of employees who report wrongdoing. Now, Capitol Hill is getting involved.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the bureau's issue with whistleblower protection with Capital Insider.

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Hillary's emails

March 11, 2015 - 01:53 PM
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The Hillary Clinton email scandal is growing bigger by the day. Now, lawmakers from both sides of aisle are calling for her to come clean.

Jessica Taylor, campaign editor for The Hill, discussed the political fallout from Hillary's use of personal email while heading the State Department with Capital Insider.

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The FAA's cybersecurity flaws

March 11, 2015 - 01:49 PM
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A recent Government Accountability Office investigation discovered multiple weaknesses in the Federal Aviation Administration's National Airspace System. These vulnerabilities put the safety of Americans flying across the country or overseas in danger.

Gregory Wilshusen, director of information security issues at the GAO, discussed FAA cyber security with Capital Insider.

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