Archive for January 2014

NSA reforms

January 16, 2014 - 02:24 PM
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This Friday, President Obama is expected to announce changes to NSA intelligence gathering procedures. The reforms could change the way face of the agency.

Harry Wingo, managing partner at West River Solutions, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Federal manager resolutions

January 15, 2014 - 02:28 PM
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For many, the new year means a new start.

How can federal managers create a better workplace in 2014?

Tom Fox, Federal Coach with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the resolutions managers should make in the new year with Capital Insider.

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Gov. Christie's Sandy investigation

January 15, 2014 - 02:26 PM
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Gov. Chris Christie is under investigation for the misuse of Superstorm Sandy relief funds. The New Jersey governor spent nearly $5 million on a commercial featuring him and his family during an election year.

David Williams, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discusses that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Blue-collar federal workers

January 14, 2014 - 02:12 PM
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Wage-grade workers have suffered through a 3 year pay freeze, despite a 1% increase given to their colleagues. Now, the generally quiet group is making noise.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed pay inequity amongst federal workers with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 13, 2014 - 03:21 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate Gov. Chris Christie's bridge scandal, the Robert Gates memoir, and Dennis Rodman's fiasco in North Korea.

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U.S. Policy in Iraq

January 13, 2014 - 12:16 PM
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Deadly attacks by Al-Qaeda are escalating in the region. Many people think it's time for the U.S. to rethink it's policy in the region.

Col. Cedric Leighton (ret.), president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Gov. Chris Christie's bridgegate

January 13, 2014 - 12:14 PM
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Scandal rocked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration when damaging text messages and emails implicate him in a political payback scandal.Christie apologized but many questions are still left unanswered.

Jessica Taylor, campaign editor with The Hill, discussed the implications of the scandal with Capital Insider.

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Social security death data

January 13, 2014 - 12:12 PM
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The SSA gathers vital records from numerous sources. The agency then compiles the records and uses them for public information and to stop benefits.

Dan Bertoni, director of education, workforce, and income security issues with the GAO, discussed the problems in the SSA's verification process with Capital Insider.

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The Gates memoir

January 13, 2014 - 12:07 PM
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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates penned a tell-all memoir that criticizes the Obama leadership. Many are shocked at Gates' decision to criticize a seating President.

Aaron Blake, political reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the implications of the memoir with Capital Insider.

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More trouble in Iraq

January 8, 2014 - 07:30 PM
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Over the weekend, fighting escalated in key cities throughout Iraq. Officials say Al-Qaeda is gaining ground and slowly taking hold of the nation.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.), executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor group, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Unemployment benefits battle

January 8, 2014 - 07:28 PM
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A measure to extend unemployment benefits has cleared a key Senate vote. Democrats say the bill is necessary to provide relief to more than a million Americans, but Republicans want changes.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Congress back in session

January 7, 2014 - 02:03 PM
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On Monday, lawmakers on Capitol Hill got back to work with a large agenda. One fight brewing in Congress is focused on unemployment benefits.

Francis Rose, host of "In-depth with Francis Rose", discussed that and other issues facing Congress this term with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 6, 2014 - 03:29 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the Affordable Care Act, the call for Edward Snowden's clemency, and peace in the Middle East.

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FEC vulnerability

January 6, 2014 - 03:27 PM
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During the October government shutdown Chinese hackers broke into virtual records of the Federal Election Commission. Now, an independent audit show's they're still at risk.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with The Center for Public Integrity, discussed the FEC's vulnerability with Capital Insider.

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Global challenges for 2014

January 6, 2014 - 03:19 PM
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Many major international issues were left unresolved in 2013. The Pew Research Center recently compiled a list of six challenges for the new year.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discusses the that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Wastebook 2013

January 2, 2014 - 03:32 PM
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Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn released a wasteful spending report on Capitol Hill. In it, he highlighted useless ways that Congress spent nearly $30 billion.

David Williams, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Sochi security concerns

January 2, 2014 - 03:27 PM
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Two terrorist attacks in two days have left cities in Russia reeling. Less than two months before the winter Olympics, President Putin has vowed to have the safest games in history.

Maren Leed, Ph.D., senior adviser of defense policy studies at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider

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