Archive for May 2015

The Cookstove Initiative

May 28, 2015 - 02:48 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.

Jacob E. Moss, senior advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency, helped develop The Cookstove Intiative that has the potential to save millions of lives across the world.

Find out more about his story, here.

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An outer space land grab

May 28, 2015 - 02:46 PM
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The House has passed a bill that would recognize the rights of U.S. corporations to anything they mine from space. The legislation could be signs of another space age.

Patrick Tucker, technology editor for Defense One, discussed the legislation and asteroid mining with Capital Insider.

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Santorum in 2016

May 27, 2015 - 07:28 PM
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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has announced he's running for president. Now, that the GOP playing field has grown to seven many wonder if he'll have as much luck as he did in 2012.

Kevin Cirilli, reporter for The Hill, discussed Santorum's bid with Capital Insider.

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Uncle Sam's cellphone bill

May 27, 2015 - 01:39 PM
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The Office of Management and Budget estimates the federal government spends $1.2 billion dollars annually on mobile devices and associated services. Now, a report by the GAO has uncovered the wide ranging plans these agencies pay for.

Carol Cha, director of information technology acquisition management issues with the GAO, discussed the cost of the federal government's mobile services with Capital Insider.

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The Highway Trust Fund

May 26, 2015 - 01:32 PM
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Congress has just passed a measure that would continue funding highway projects through July as they debate the Highway Trust Fund. Many say the new measure is a poor attempt to get responsible legislation passed.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the the Highway Trust Fund and the NDAA with Capital Insider.

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ISIS military strategy

May 26, 2015 - 01:31 PM
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The militant group has taken key cities throughout Iraq, by launching large scale sophisticated attacks. Now, many are saying the Pentagon has underestimated their military knowledge.

Retire Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor group, discussed ISIS and the South China Sea with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

May 26, 2015 - 01:30 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, Hillary Clinton's emails, the U.S. strategy against ISIS, and Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster starter pack.

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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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Rep. Rangel's ghost campaign

May 21, 2015 - 01:57 PM
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The 23-term congressman has been sending donation emails to his supporters, but he's not running. Now, a new report is highlighting what the money is being used for.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed Rangel's risky fundraising and Rand Paul's filibuster with capital Insider.

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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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Deploying the F-35

May 20, 2015 - 02:28 PM
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The U.S. Marine Corps will declare the Joint Strike Fighter battle-ready in July. Despite the classification, some believe it won't be used in the battle against ISIS anytime soon.

Marcus Weisgerber, global business reporter for Defense One, discussed the F-35 and the Air Force's drone program with Capital Insider.

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The Amtrak issue

May 19, 2015 - 01:45 PM
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Just hours after the deadly crash in Philadelphia claimed eight lives, some lawmakers on Capitol Hill called for additional funding for the government-run railroad. Now, the issue of funding has become a partisan battle.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the Amtrak issue and USPS finances with Capital Insider.

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The fall of Ramadi

May 19, 2015 - 01:44 PM
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More than 500 people have been killed in a bloody, months long battle between ISIS and Iraqi forces. Now, the militant group has taken control of the key city of Ramadi.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the fall of Ramadi plus ISIS finances 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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Clinton's cash

May 18, 2015 - 01:48 PM
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Hillary's latest financial disclosure report reveals she and Bill Clinton made more than $25 million in speaking fees since 2014. Her financial records have been the source of scrutiny since she ran for president in 2008.

Ben Kamisar, reporter for The Hill, discussed the importance of finances plus Dr. Ben Carson's letter to the RNC with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

May 15, 2015 - 02:15 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 politics of the Amtrak crash, Jeb Bush's backtrack on Iraq, and Romney's step into the ring.

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Developing FINDER

May 14, 2015 - 02:02 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.

John Price, a program manager with the Science and Technology Directorate of DHS, developed FINDER, a radar technology that helps locate victims buried in rubble after a natural disaster.

Find out more about his story, here.

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The ISIS internet problem

May 14, 2015 - 02:01 PM
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Officials believe ISIS is using the deep web to recruit and potentially plan attacks.

Just how big is the threat?

Retired Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the implications with Capital Insider.

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Democrats block debate on Trans-Pacific Partnership, then reverse course

May 13, 2015 - 09:30 PM
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On Tuesday, a group of rebellious Democrats -- led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) -- blocked debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Wednesday, the effort moved forward.

What happened in between?

We asked NPR Lead Digital Political Reporter Jessica Taylor.

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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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