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The Wrong War

August 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For every big policy issue, there's usually a parallel that can be found in the past. As Mark Twain once put it, "History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme." The problem for policymakers, though, is identifying which tune it exactly is that they are hearing. While applying lessons...

The Wrong War

August 15, 2011 The insistence on applying Cold War metaphors to cybersecurity is misplaced and counterproductive. For every big policy issue, there's usually a parallel that can be found in the past. As Mark Twain once put it, "History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme." The problem for policymakers, though, is...

Unfinished spending measure complicates release of fiscal 2008 budget

February 2, 2007 President Bush will release his fiscal 2008 budget on Monday, while Congress is still working on appropriations for the current fiscal year. This complicates matters for the White House's Office of Management and Budget, which developed the proposal, and for congressional staff, agency officials, and reporters, who want to know...

Congressional staff members gather tips on oversight

December 1, 2006 The halls of Congress had emptied out for the Thanksgiving holiday, but 45 congressional staffers were hunkered down in a nondescript committee room to talk about how to investigate allegations that drug dealers might have bribed Border Patrol agents. Call the newspaper that first reported the accusation? Track down the...

Allegations of cronyism, misdeeds leave labor panel under cloud

October 31, 2006 In 2004, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao appointed Mark Knouse, a Pittsburgh-based lobbyist and the husband of a senior Labor Department employee, to a three-year term as executive director of a multinational labor commission. But his term ended abruptly this month after a departmental investigation suggested that he used government money...

Commerce secretary works to help tourism industry

September 22, 2006 As the federal government moves to secure American borders, the U.S. travel industry has enlisted an influential new lobbyist to press its case for protecting the lucrative international tourism market: Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. In an odd alignment of government and industry interests, Gutierrez essentially asked travel and tourism officials...

FEMA acknowledges possibility of longer trailer park stays

September 19, 2006 After insisting for months that it can provide only short-term assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is beginning to allow outside groups to plan for a longer future for its trailer parks. FEMA and the nonprofit organization Save the Children jointly announced in July a...

EPA requires justification for fully competitive contracts

September 8, 2006 Apparently, the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that small is not only beautiful, it is also darn near mandatory. In a memo circulated last September, Barry Breen, deputy assistant administrator for the agency's solid-waste office -- which manages the Superfund program and other cleanup projects (including Hurricane Katrina) -- declared...

FEMA bulks up on supplies, systems for tracking them

June 26, 2006 Nobody knows whether FEMA's response to the next catastrophe will be better than its much-maligned reaction to Hurricane Katrina, but this much is certain: FEMA will bring more stuff to the event. In their efforts to repair the most-pressing shortcomings exposed by the 2005 hurricane season, officials at the Federal...

DHS seeks to better serve disaster victims with disabilities

June 2, 2006 Days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Louisiana/Mississippi border, it became clear that people with disabilities were having trouble getting help. Census figures indicate that more than 20 percent of the population affected by Hurricane Katrina had some type of disability. As people flowed out of New Orleans last...

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