Archive for July 2015

Treating Sickle Cell disease

July 23, 2015 - 02:18 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.

Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases with NIH, developed the first effective drug treatment for sickle cell disease. He also developed a clinical trial that cured a majority of patients from the disease.

Learn more about his story, here.

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Another budgetary snafu

July 21, 2015 - 01:54 PM
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Congress is running out of time to finish debating bills that would fund government programs for 2016. While the House has passed six, with another six going through committee, the Senate hasn't gotten any through.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the hold up with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

July 20, 2015 - 01:15 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, gun control, the nuclear deal with Iran, and Donald Trump's rise in popularity.

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Protecting the world's oceans

July 16, 2015 - 07:05 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.

Richard Feely, senior fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, conducted eye-opening research on ocean acidification and its detrimental effects on marine life.

Find out more about his story, here.

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Improving Leadership

July 15, 2015 - 07:25 PM
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A recent look at the levels of satisfaction between the Senior Executive Service and other federal workers showed a huge gap. Now, the SES must work to fix the growing problem within government.

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

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Virtual Internships

July 15, 2015 - 07:18 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.

Bridget Lynn Roddy, VSFS program manager with the State Department, is engaging a growing number of college students around the world to assist in diplomatic and international development.

Find out more about her story, here.

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That was the week that was

July 13, 2015 - 05:11 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine break down the week in politics.

In this installment they debate, the Confederate flag controversy, OPM's latest shake up, and Hillary Clinton roping in the media.

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OPM Dir. Archuleta resigns

July 13, 2015 - 01:51 PM
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OPM Dir. Katherine Arhuleta has stepped down one day after investigators upped the number of people affected by the recent data breach. Now, the deputy director for management will take over.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the resignation and OPM's next steps with Capital Insider.

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Designating terrorists

July 9, 2015 - 01:08 PM
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Currently there are 59 groups on the Foreign Terrorist Organization list started by the State Department. Now, numerous agencies play a role in determining who gets put on the list, and who gets taken off.

Charles Johnson, director of International Affairs and Trade with the GAO, discussed the process of designating terrorists with Capital Insider.

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The billion dollar gamble

July 8, 2015 - 02:10 PM
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The Department of Energy has announced it will issue nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees. The money will be used for on-going nuclear reactor construction projects that have been plagued by problems.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the loan guarantees plus Congress with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

July 6, 2015 - 06:44 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine break down the week in politics.

In this installment they debate, Donald Trump's troubles, Jeb Bush's finances, and Ted Cruz's Simpsons audition.

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Fighting Cancer with Immunotherapy

July 1, 2015 - 05:49 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.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute at NIH, has saved millions of lives by finding a way to have the body's own immune system fight cancer.

Find out more about his story, here.

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