Archive for May 2015

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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Deep dive into the National Defense Authorization Act

May 13, 2015 - 02:30 PM
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The House Armed Services Committee just introduced the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016 -- a comprehensive piece of legislation that would authorize the budget authority of the Defense Department, and spending for national security programs overseen by the Department of Energy.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the bill with Capital Insider.

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North Korea's missile test

May 12, 2015 - 02:37 PM
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U.S. officials are skeptical about North Korea's claims that it successfully launched a ballistic missile from a submarine. Meanwhile, many are calling this a technical breakthrough for the country.

Reitred Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor group, discussed the test plus other defense issues with Capital Insider.

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The reverse retirement wave

May 11, 2015 - 06:07 PM
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30% of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire in 2017, but many aren't leaving. This is part of a growing trend across government.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose" discussed the trend and its consequences with Capital Insider.

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The NSA Fight

May 11, 2015 - 06:06 PM
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Last week, a federal appeals court called the NSA's mass phone data collection program illegal. Now, lawmakers are under new pressure to take action.

Julian Hattem, reporter for The Hill, discussed the surveillance program and larger Patriot Act with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

May 11, 2015 - 01:48 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 Jade Helm conspiracy, Clinton's cash allegations, and Carly Fiorina's domain name mishap.

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The 2015 Sammies Finalists

May 11, 2015 - 01:48 PM
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The Samuel J. Heyman Service To America medals honor federal employees who show a commitment to public service. The 2015 finalists have just been announced and Capital Insider will bring you a new finalist every week.

First, Max Stier, president and CEO of The Partnership for Public Service, discussed the award process with Capital Insider.

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Jade Helm 15

May 11, 2015 - 01:47 PM
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The Jade Helm military exercise has caused widespread conspiracy theories and caused a political firestorm in Texas. Now, some 2016 presidential candidates are weighing in on the issue.

Philip Bump, reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the politics and the conspiracy with Capital Insider.

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