In today’s Federal Newscast, a review by the Center for American Progress looks at how much money federal workers could lose during the partial government shutdown.
Federal workers overwhelmingly list public service as one of their primary motivations for what they do. Contractors don’t.
The Director of National Intelligence released a new transparency plan that will facilitate the publication of some intelligence documents.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ history dates back to the Civil War era. The Center for American Progress says some of the bureau’s mission areas are out of date and unfocused. Chelsea Parsons, vice president for guns and crime policy at CAP, is a co-author of the report, ”The Bureau and the Bureau.” She told In Depth with Francis Rose, the ATF’s identity crisis starts with three big challenges.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday creating yet another set of compliance requirements for more than 24,000 companies that work for the government. Vendors will have to certify they have not violated any of the 14 federal labor laws in order to win new contracts.
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has released a thorough report on how federal agencies, mainly the National Security Agency, track foreigners’ internet communications. The board found the surveillance, under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to be legal. Former White House Privacy Chief, Peter Swire, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his perspective on its findings.
In an open letter to congressional leaders and to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a broad array of military scholars argue the cost of running the Pentagon bureaucracy soon will crowd out the spending necessary to fight and win wars.
USPTO director David Kappos says software is every bit as entitled to patent protection as hardware innovations. Critics of the agency should give recent reforms a chance to work, he told a think tank audience Tuesday.
President Barack Obama’s victory over Republican Challenger Mitt Romney didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who was following the pre-election polls. Few surprises occurred in the congressional races as well, which suggested a return of the status quo in Washington and continued gridlock ahead.
Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress says sequestration may not be such a bad thing. Buddy Bland talk about upgrades to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer. Mark Russo of the FDA talks about food shortages caused by Hurricane Sandy.