The Government Accountability Office released a new report this month. It says Congress passed a law last February that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a system for civilian drones to fly safely in U.S. airspace.
That law also requires the FAA to meet several milestones.
Dr. Gerald Dillingham, director of physical infrastructure issues at the GAO, discussed the FAA's progress on Capital Insider.
The U.S. housing market showed more positive signs this month. Nationally, new home sales dipped in August compared to July, but the median price of homes sold by a record amount -- jumping 11.2 percent. That's the biggest one month gain on record.
The Washington Business Journal's Jennifer Nycz-Conner discussed that and other business issues on Capital Insider.
This week, International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde called on U.S. and European leaders to take urgent action and deal with a faltering economy. She says the global economy will recover gradually, but that growth will be weaker than anticipated.
Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers called it a day -- leaving Washington for seven weeks without passing any substantial fiscal legislation.
Jonathan Strong, staff writer for CQ Roll Call discussed the approaching fiscal cliff with Capital Insider.
After a week both parties dubbed "terrible," Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney's campaign went on the attack.
On Monday, Romney told an audience in Pueblo Colo. that U.S. Foreign policy should not be conducted "at the mercy of events" overseas. He also said the death of a U.S. Ambassador in Libya and unrest in the Middle East are more than just bumps in the road.
Romney was referencing President Obama's interview with "60 Minutes." When asked about recent events in the Middle East (but not the attack in Libya specifically), Obama said the following:
"There are going to be bumps in the road because... in a lot of these places the one organizing principal has been Islam."
Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed the previous week in politics on Capital Insider.
The Library of Congress unveiled a new website this week. Congress.gov is their first new search engine since 1995 and replaces the "Thomas" system. Thomas was launched when the internet was in its infancy. Congress.gov operates more like Google, with one box to search all data.
This year, such information may be hard to come by. Seven weeks before the election, lawmakers remain in partisan gridlock -- punting on massive budget measures like the farm bill, entitlement reform, and other appropriations.
David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed those issues and others on Capital Insider.
For the past five months, Capital Insider ran a series focused on the stars of the federal government. The Service to America Medals, or "Sammies," honor federal employees who make the agencies they work for stronger.
Tom Fox, of the Partnership for Public Service, highlighted some of this year's winners and the skills they bring to the job.
Police arrested more than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City on Monday. They marched in small groups around Manhattan's financial district, clogged traffic, then gathered across from Zuccotti Park.
Events are planned in 30 cities worldwide, including San Francisco where marchers will hold an evening rally outside Bank of America.
Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed financial headlines on Occupy's one-year anniversary.
On Friday, the White House issued a report calling $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, "deeply destructive." The process, commonly know as sequestration, was put in place last year after a congressional supercommittee failed to strike a budget deal.
Here's Michael Tinsley, founder and CEO of NeoSystems Corporation, on sequestration's possible impact on the IT community.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy launched a program called the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area. It's goal: encourage federal workers to raise money for people and communities in need.
Dr. Brandon Haller discussed this year's fundraising effort on Capital Insider.