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Watch (NC8): Do-nothing, small-deal Congress may look different a year from now

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Public opinion of lawmakers on Capitol Hill is at an all-time low. Now, a new poll from CNN suggests 2014’s midterm elections could shift the power in Congress.  Also, yesterday President Obama signed the Murray-Ryan budget agreement and the National…
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Hackers vs utilities, NSA oversight should be cyber priorities for ’14

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A massive shutdown of the United States’s electric grid, water supply, sewage processing and treatment system, or other critical infrastructure system via cyber attack is not as far-fatched as you might hope.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology will…
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VA’s Marina Martin: We’re joining open data revolution

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From my colleague Michael O’Connell’s story about my interview: “A new era in open data is arriving at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA is unrolling a brand new open data website to give people an inside look at…
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Government SAVE awards may hurt more than help

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The Federal government’s Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award nominees are out.  I talked to one nominee, Dirk Renner of Fish and Wildlife Services, on the show today.  But those awards may hurt the government’s work long-term more than…
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Coast Guard’s Metruck: USCG aids first clean audit ever for DHS

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The Homeland Security Department passed a clean audit for the first time ever. Components of the agency can each claim part of that success. Adm. Stephen Metruck explains the Coast Guard’s involvement in this achievement today on my show. Since…
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AEI’s Greenwalt: 5 factors to fix Pentagon procurement, & why they won’t happen

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The new guidance on Better Buying Power is one step toward the Defense Department’s goal to get more value for the dollars they spend.  Frank Kendall detailed the new guidance on my show yesterday.  “Five Factors to fix Pentagon Procurement”…
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Exclusive: Pentagon’s Frank Kendall explains acquisition updates

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From my colleague Michael O’Connell’s great story on my exclusive interview with Frank Kendall: “The Department of Defense has new guidance out that will unravel its byzantine acquisition system by incorporating the latest Better Buying Power principles. Undersecretary for Acquisition,…
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GAO’s Maurer: DHS leadership vacuum draining morale, killing progress

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A leadership vacuum at the Homeland Security Department could be draining morale across the entire agency. About 40 percent of all political appointee positions are empty or held by an acting official. David Maurer told the House Homeland Security Committee…
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