Heather Timmons

Heather Timmons is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT's first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.
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Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze May Kill Hundreds of Jobs for Nurses, Scientists and Engineers

3:42 PM ET On his first full day in office, US president Donald Trump announced a hiring freeze for the executive branch—outside of military personnel, national security, and public safety positions—and pledged to reduce the size of the federal government through workforce attrition. The federal government is the largest employer in the US,...

In a Memo, the U.S. Ethics Chief Reminds 'Everyone' in the Executive Branch What Ethics Are

January 17, 2017 Walter Shaub, the director of the US Office of Government Ethics, which has emerged as an unexpected hurdle to Donald Trump’s plan to keep his business while president, published a “director’s note” on Friday. It doesn’t name Trump, but seems clearly aimed at him. Shaub’s note, the first director’s note...

How Not to Get Hacked by Russians (or Anyone Else): Lessons From the DNC’s Disastrous Cyber Strategy

December 15, 2016 The US FBI told the Democratic National Committee in September of 2015 that its computer network had been breached by hackers linked to the Russian government. But nothing concrete happened about the cyber break-in for seven months, according to an exhaustive report on Dec. 13 in the New York Times...

A Trump Hopeful’s Homeland Security Plan Includes a Muslim Registry and Changes to Voting Laws

November 22, 2016 Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach met with president-elect Donald J. Trump on Nov. 20 to discuss “border security, international terrorism, and reforming federal bureaucracy,” according to the president-elect’s transition team. Kobach, who said he has advised the Trump campaign for months on immigration policy, seemed pretty lax on security...

The State Department is Reopening Its Probe into Hillary Clinton’s Emails

July 8, 2016 Days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation recommended not filing criminal charges against presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the State Department said it will reopen its investigation of the situation. Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, the top office in the State Department, raised...

Is Trump’s Presidential Run Nothing More Than a 'Scampaign?'

June 21, 2016 Donald Trump’s US presidential campaign has just $1.3 million in cash on hand, the latest Federal Election Commission filings (pdf, pg 2) for the month of May show—compared to $42.5 million for Hillary Clinton. The small amount of cash on hand, coupled with his small staff (a few dozen, compared...

If Trump Wins in November, He'll Be the Most Elderly New President Ever

June 15, 2016 Welcome to your seventies, Donald Trump. The presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee turned 70 years old this week—an age that would make him the most elderly president at his first inauguration in US history, if he is sworn in next January. Ronald Reagan was nearly 70, at 69 years and...

Apple Official Says Company Doesn’t Give China Access to its Source Code

April 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple’s top lawyer finally said something in public on April 19 that lays to rest more than a year of speculation about access the company is giving to officials in China, which is expected to become the phone giant’s top market. Under oath during a congressional hearing, Bruce Sewell told...

Colorado's Billion-Dollar Legal Marijuana Industry

February 11, 2016 The 2015 figures are in, and the number is huge—legal marijuana sales in Colorado were $996 million in 2015, according to Colorado Department of Revenue figures, the Denver Post’s marijuana website the Cannabist reports. Colorado collected more than $135 million in taxes from marijuana sales in 2015. Of that, about...

Indonesia Blames ISIS for Suicide Bombs in Jakarta

January 14, 2016 This post was updated at 2:20pm GMT. Indonesia’s capital Jakarta was hit by a series of bombings today (Jan. 14) that killed two civilians, including one Canadian. Officials blamed the attack on Islamic State militants, some of whom have allegedly been captured. Related: Why Indonesia is Immune to ISIS A...

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