Archive for April 2015

The ISIS shift

April 17, 2015 - 02:05 PM
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Iraqi officials are warning that a key city could fall to ISIS. Now, the momentum is shifting against the U.S. lead coalition fighting the group.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed ISIS and Iran with Capital Insider.

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Innovation in government

April 17, 2015 - 02:04 PM
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The Partnership for Public Service has recently released it's innovation report. NASA continues to get the highest rank.

Tom Fox, our Federal Coach with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed how managers can improve innovation with Capital Insider.

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Duplication in government

April 17, 2015 - 02:01 PM
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The GAO has released a new report highlighting fragmentation, duplication, and overlap across federal agencies. Now, they're suggesting new ways to improve efficiency and save money.

Nicole Clowers, director of financial markets and community investment issues with the GAO, discussed the report with Capital Insider.

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Military prediction machines

April 17, 2015 - 02:00 PM
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Humans create more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day. Now, the Pentagon is looking for ways to process the data to predict events.

Patrick Tucker, technology editor for Defense One, discussed the military's prediction machine plus new age sensors with Capital Insider.

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The export import bank

April 17, 2015 - 01:55 PM
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The Export-Import Bank's charter is about to expire. While Republicans want to let it run out, Democrats are pushing for an extension.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the establishment's fate with Capital Insider.

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Hillary Clinton and business

April 17, 2015 - 01:53 PM
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The Democratic candidate is focusing on small businesses and is open to revamping the Affordable Care Act. Does Hillary Clinton's stance on these issues follow party lines when it comes to her economic policies?

J.D. Harrison, reporter for the Washington Post, discussed Clinton's business policies on Capital Insider.

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Problems at the IRS

April 15, 2015 - 05:31 PM
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The IRS commissioner is blaming Congress for budget problems at the agency. Have they be able to keep up with the massive amounts of tax returns this week despite under-funding?

Francis Rose, host of "In-depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio 1500 AM, discussed the IRS issue with Capital Insider.

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It's official

April 15, 2015 - 05:29 PM
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While the whole nation knew the Democratic party favorite would be running for President, no one expected Hillary Clinton's short, low-profile announcement. What is the public saying about her campaign approach?

Jessica Taylor, campaign editor for The Hill, discussed the presidential election with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

April 15, 2015 - 02:19 PM
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Conservative Columnist Terry Jeffery and Democratic Strategist Erikka Knuti break down the week in politics.

In this installment they discuss, Hillary Clinton's big announcement, the growing list of GOP presidential hopefuls and the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Cashing in on 2016

April 15, 2015 - 02:18 PM
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Since senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul announced their presidential nominations, Super PAC's have been working hard to reel in money for the costly campaigns. Cruz alone was able to raise $31 million in just a week.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed presidential campaigns with Capital Insider.

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The growing cyber threat

April 15, 2015 - 02:16 PM
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Last week, the White House announced the same hackers that had broken into the State Department also breached their non-classified system. Just how bad could this problem become?

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed cyber attacks with Capital Insider.

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White House, hacked

April 15, 2015 - 02:12 PM
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Recent reports suggest Russian hackers gained access to White House networks after breaking into the State Department. Just how vulnerable is the nation's infrastructure?

Elise Viebeck, cybersecurity reporter for The Hill, discussed hacking threats with Capital Insider.

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Tax reform

April 8, 2015 - 02:19 PM
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Millions of Americans will finish up their tax returns and send them into the IRS over the next week, but lawmakers on Capitol Hill say the whole tax code needs to be redone. While many agree that an overhaul is necessary, no one is in agreement on how to do it.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed tax reform with Capital Insider.

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Homegrown Terror

April 8, 2015 - 02:18 PM
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently spoke out about the number of Americans going abroad to join ISIS. While he says the would be jihadists are being monitored, there are still fears of domestic attacks.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the homegrown terror threat with Capital Insider.

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The underfunded IRS

April 8, 2015 - 02:16 PM
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Tax day is quickly approaching, but IRS officials are speaking out about the state of the agency. Now, they're blaming Congress for funding issues and causing a sharp decline in personnel.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed the state of the agency with Capital Insider.

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Rand Paul's big announcement

April 8, 2015 - 02:14 PM
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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he's officially running, making him the second Republican to officially announce. Now, analysts are wondering if his big vision for the U.S. will sit well with the Republican base.

Kevin Cirilli, reporter for The Hill, discussed the Paul campaign plus Hillary Clinton's plans with Capital Insider.

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Denied area intelligence

April 8, 2015 - 01:43 PM
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One company is working to offer information on the biggest cyber threats in the world. What could that treasure trove of information mean for protecting critical infrastructure?

Dan Verton, editorial director at FedScoop, discussed Kaspersky's denied area database with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

April 7, 2015 - 02:20 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, Iran's nuclear deal, religious freedom laws and Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 headquarters.

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A deal with Iran

April 7, 2015 - 02:12 PM
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After 18 months of deliberation, a nuclear deal agreement has finally been reached between leading world powers and Iran. What does this potentially historic deal consist of?

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed the outcomes of the deal with Capital Insider.

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The managed inclusion process

April 7, 2015 - 02:08 PM
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In 2011, TSA opened expedited airport screening to the public. A recent investigation by the Government Accountability Office is now calling the security effectiveness of the pre-check program into question.

Jenny Grover, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues with the GAO, discussed airport security with Capital Insider.

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