Archive for December 2014

How changes at the U.S. Postal Service affect you

December 17, 2014 - 04:50 PM
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With the holidays nearing, consumers want assurance that their packages are delivered and received on time. The U.S. Postal Service partnered with Amazon, in an effort to boost revenues and recover billions in losses for the waning agency. However, the Postal Service's agreement to provide grocery and Sunday delivery may be affecting how you get your regular mail.

David Williams, president of The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed his organization's new holiday message to the Postal Service and how these changes affect the public with Capital Insider.

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Taliban attacks Pakistani school

December 17, 2014 - 04:48 PM
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A Pakistani army high school was attacked Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, killing nearly 150 people, mostly children. Officials said that the Islamic militants wanted revenge against the Pakistani government for the treatment of their tribesmen.

Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, discussed the implications of this attack and the Australian hostage siege on terrorism in the U.S. and abroad with Capital Insider.

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More fallout from the CIA’s torture tactics

December 17, 2014 - 04:46 PM
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The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's scathing report has prompted questions about who carried out and approved the torturous acts and what top officials should be held accountable.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed how torture may affect the CIA reputation, its employees, and the American people with Capital Insider.

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Government funding and the technology sector

December 17, 2014 - 04:43 PM
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The spending bill passed over the weekend cut the Internal Revenue Service's budget by over $300 million and may slow down the health records modernization initiative between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Troy Schneider, editor-in-chief of FCW, discussed the 2015 spending bill’s impact on information technology with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 15, 2014 - 03:57 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the new spending bill, the report on the CIA's torture tactics, and the cyber attack against Sony.

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Billing for broadband

December 12, 2014 - 05:17 PM
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Accessing the internet has become an essential part of everyday life. Now, service providers are seeking to change the way Americans pay for the service.

Mark Goldstein, director of physical infrastructure issues with the GAO, discussed usage based pricing with Capital Insider.

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CIA report fallout

December 12, 2014 - 02:49 PM
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The director of the CIA, John Brennan, spoke out defending the agency and their practices post 9/11. However, some lawmakers are calling for the CIA to clean house in order to help mitigate the controversy.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the accountability of the CIA with Capital Insider.

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Analyzing the 'Cromnibus'

December 12, 2014 - 02:47 PM
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Key lawmakers have agreed on a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that would fund most of the government through September 2015. Now, many say the measure is full of earmarks that have nothing to do with federal funding.

Ryan Alexander, president of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the 2015 spending bill with Capital Insider.

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Partisan politics and the CIA

December 12, 2014 - 02:44 PM
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The release of a controversial CIA report, detailing torture tactics used in the aftermath of September 11th, has started a bitter battle between Democrats and Republicans. Now, the GOP says this is a last ditch effort by Democrats to blemish the Bush presidency.

Kevin Cirilli, reporter for The Hill, discussed the torture report with Capital Insider.

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Best places to work in federal government

December 10, 2014 - 01:52 PM
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The 2014 rankings of the best federal agencies to work for have been released, giving agencies a look at where they fall when it comes to employee satisfaction and commitment.The report also gives insights into the overall state of the federal government

Sean Morris, federal human capital leader with Deloitte, discussed federal agency rankings with Capital Insider.

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CIA torture tactics

December 10, 2014 - 01:50 PM
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The CIA is under fire after the release of a report that revealed the torture tactics used by the agency. At the peak of their practices, not only was information withheld from then President Bush, but evidence also has shown that these tactics ended up being largely ineffective.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed implications of the report with Capital Insider.

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The battle over the internet

December 10, 2014 - 01:47 PM
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Plenty of people are weighing in on the biggest tech issue of the year, net neutrality. The FCC says it will make a decision in 2015, but one group is asking for the FTC to get involved.

Brian Fung, technology reporter with the Washington Post, discussed the net neutrality debate with Capital Insider.

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Funding the federal government

December 10, 2014 - 01:45 PM
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The government is scheduled to run out of money on December 11th. With less than a week left, Congress is scrambling to come up with a resolution to funding in order to avoid a government shut down.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed federal funding with Capital Insider.

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Possible capture of ISIS leader's wife

December 8, 2014 - 01:36 PM
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Questions surround the capture of a woman believed to be the wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While her relationships is unclear with the leader, analysts say she is a high value target with ties to the terrorist group.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed the capture with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 8, 2014 - 01:29 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the Fallout from Ferguson and New York, Immigration, and the newest Stand With Hillary theme song.

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Looking ahead to 2016

December 8, 2014 - 01:27 PM
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Before ballots were cast this past November, the race to the White House was well underway. Now, analysts project this next presidential election could break fundraising and spending records.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the 2016 race with Capital Insider.

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Funding the federal government

December 3, 2014 - 06:12 PM
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In less than 10 days the government will run out of money, unless Congress is able to pass a spending bill. Lawmakers have signaled they want to pass an omnibus spending plan, but some caution it could be full of earmarks.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the decisions facing the lame duck Congress with Capital Insider.

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Replacing Chuck Hagel

December 3, 2014 - 06:05 PM
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New reports suggest Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is the White House's top pick to replace Chuck Hagel, but many analysts say the administration has had a hard time filling the position.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the challenges with Capital Insider.

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Federal health benefits

December 3, 2014 - 05:59 PM
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The federal health benefit enrollment period will end in less than a week, but with 28 options, many employees could feel overwhelmed. Now, one report says picking the right plan could save employees up to $2,000.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed federal worker health care plans with Capital Insider.

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ISIS targets U.S. military

December 3, 2014 - 05:57 PM
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The FBI has issued a warning to all U.S. military serving within the states that ISIS could be targeting them. Soldiers are now being told to be cautious of what they post to their social media accounts.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the threat and the cyber attack that crippled Sony Pictures with Capital Insider.

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