Archive for category Watch the Show August 2014

Cracking down on Medicare Fraud

August 27, 2014 - 04:52 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.

Omar Perez Aybar, assistant special agent in charge with HHS, has saved the city of Miami millions while putting away criminals engaged in Medicare fraud. Now, he's used his model to help other cities.

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Ferguson: America Reacts

August 27, 2014 - 04:48 PM
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On August 9, 18 year old Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Since then, conflicting reports have lead to a media firestorm brought the discussion of race in America to the forefront.

Richard Fowler, political commentator and host of the nationally syndicated "Richard Fowler Show", discussed the national and political implications of the Brown's death, and what the nation can do to move on with Capital Insider.

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Retaliation in the workplace

August 26, 2014 - 01:44 PM
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The symbol of Uncle Sam is one of equality and empathy. Now, a new report says that working for him pants a completely different picture.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary Columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the trend of retaliation in the workplace with Capital Insider.

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The move to cloud computing

August 26, 2014 - 01:42 PM
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Last year, the Pentagon signed a $600 million contract with Amazon Web Services' GovCloud. This July, the system became available to all 17 agencies within the intelligence community, marking the first time these groups will operate on the same platform.

Kevin McCaney, editor-in-chief of Defense Systems, discussed the move to cloud computing and a new drone security alert with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 25, 2014 - 02:35 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Liz Chadderdon break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the U.S. policy on paying ransom, Gov. Rick Perry's indictment, and the State Department's ban on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Providing safe drinking water

August 22, 2014 - 07:27 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.

Jill Boezwinkle, senior program manager at the Agency for International Development, oversees a multi-million dollar initiative to provide safe drinking water to millions in Kenya and Uganda.

Find out more about her story, here.

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A new era at the NSA

August 22, 2014 - 07:20 PM
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The beleaguered agency has been under heavy scrutiny for more than a year. Now, the top brass says the NSA may be down, but not out.

Dan Verton, editorial director for FedScoop, discussed the NSA's plan to overcome the "Snowden era" and the tug-of-war between the VA and DOD with Capital Insider.

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Giving veterans a second chance

August 21, 2014 - 02:16 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.

Doctors William Bauman and Ann Spungen, finalists for the Science and Environment Medal, worked together to improve the quality of life for paralyzed veterans by developing new ways to treat spinal cord injuries.

Find out more about their story, here.

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James Foley and the ISIS threat

August 21, 2014 - 02:04 PM
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ISIS militants have beheaded American journalist James Foley in a warning to the United States. Now, many are calling this the first ISIS terrorist attack against the U.S., will it change President Obama's approach?

Retired Air Force Colonel Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the impact of ISIS and the threat of lone wolf terrorism with Capital Insider.

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Avoiding mission creep

August 20, 2014 - 02:13 PM
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The Obama administration has celebrated a small victory, after air strikes helped Kurdish fighters gain control of a key dam in Mosul. Now, a new poll shows a majority of Americans approve of the on-going strikes in Iraq, but a growing number are concerned the U.S. may become too involved.

Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke Macgregor group, discussed mission creep and the turmoil in Asia with Capital Insider.

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The DoD's 1033 program

August 20, 2014 - 01:41 PM
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The situation in Ferguson, Mo., has gained national attention, but it's also shed light on the militarization of the police. In 1996, the NDAA included a section that allowed the Defense Department to transfer property to local authorities.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the DoD's 1033 program and the push for tax reform with Capital Insider.

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Aereo on the ropes

August 19, 2014 - 02:29 PM
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After a major legal defeat earlier this year, Aereo is fighting for survival in court. Now, broadcasters are hoping for a knock out punch.

Brian Fung, technology reporter with The Washington Post, discussed that and the right to be forgotten with Capital Insider.

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Keeping an eye on the budget

August 19, 2014 - 02:27 PM
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After Capitol Hill's five week break, lawmakers will need to get to work on a continuing resolution that will fund the government in 2015. Although partisan politics is at an all time high, many are skeptical another shutdown is in the future.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed what federal workers need to keep an eye on come September with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 18, 2014 - 08:20 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist LaToya Foster break down the week in politics.

In this installment,they discuss the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Hillary Clinton's criticism of Obama, and David Gregory's departure from NBC.

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A senatorial spending surge

August 18, 2014 - 08:19 PM
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This year the upper house is in play, Democrats control the chamber but Republicans want to take it back, which means spending a lot of money.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed all the cash going back and forth with Capital Insider.

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A diplomatic game of chicken

August 18, 2014 - 08:17 PM
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A large Russian aid convoy doesn't want to follow the rules. Ukraine wants them to cross the border at a checkpoint they control, but it's headed for a checkpoint controlled by Russian separatists.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the situation in Ukraine and Putin's behavior with Capital Insider.

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Higher wage jobs make a comeback

August 14, 2014 - 02:30 PM
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The Labor Department released new numbers this week. They show that, in June, U.S. employers advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, looks beyond the numbers with Capital Insider.

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Miscommunication and federal agencies

August 14, 2014 - 02:15 PM
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According to data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, senior leaders are not doing enough to communicate their vision to the federal workers they oversee.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Russia wants to send aid to Ukraine

August 13, 2014 - 03:15 PM
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On Tuesday, a convoy of 280 Russian trucks packed with supplies made its way toward the eastern part of Ukraine. Kiev says it will only allow the goods to cross the Ukrainian border if the International Red Cross approves.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, author of the new book "The Last Line," discussed that and other national security issues with Capital Insider.

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The beleaguered check book of the U.S. Postal Service

August 13, 2014 - 03:00 PM
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Despite increasing volume -- and charging consumers more money to send mail -- the U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this Spring. The agency blamed higher employee pay, and higher costs for their benefits.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other top tax topics with Capital Insider.

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