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Fed Shutdown Hampers Inspections of Biothreat Labs

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. laboratories that conduct sensitive research involving some of the most deadly diseases will not be regularly inspected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control because of the federal government shutdown that started Tuesday, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy said in an article published Tuesday. CDC spokeswoman...

Updated: Agencies Post Shutdown Plans Online

September 30, 2013 This list has been updated. Agencies on Friday began posting their contingency plans online to prepare for a possible government shutdown on Tuesday, Oct. 1. If the government closes, approximately 800,000 federal civilian employees could be furloughed. Those placed on unpaid leave will receive official furlough notices on Oct. 1,...

NSA Chief Appeals for Cybersecurity Legislation

September 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of U.S. Cyber Command on Wednesday argued cyberattacks on U.S. networks will increase if Congress does not pass cybersecurity legislation that would compel critical-infrastructure providers -- including nuclear-power plants -- to share more information with the government when they are hacked, the Washington Post reported. Gen. Keith Alexander,...

NRC Head to Testify on Renewed Planning for Yucca Atomic Site

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans planned to grill the Obama administration on Tuesday about how it is heeding a recent court order to restart its review of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste-storage project, Bloomberg reported. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane and Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Peter Lyons are scheduled to...

DARPA, Air Force Planning New Hypersonic Craft Research

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is partnering with the Air Force to examine the possibilities of hypersonic flight in an effort that aims to build on the successes of the recently concluded X-51A WaveRider program, Military.com reported this week. Final details of the hypersonic exploratory project by DARPA, the...

President's Full 'March on Washington' Remarks

August 29, 2013 To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans. Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding: "We hold these truths to be self-evident,...

Largest U.S. Wind Farm to Power Nuclear Weapons Work

August 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Tuesday, construction began in Texas on what will be the largest wind farm in the United States -- and one that is to play a role in nuclear weapons work, Time reported. Instead of providing green energy to surrounding towns and municipalities, the wind farm's five 2.3 megawatt wind...

Americans Don’t Trust Government to Do What Is Right, Poll Finds

July 22, 2013 Only one in five Americans say they trust the government to do what is right most of the time, according to a new poll. More than two-thirds of those surveyed say societal change is best achieved through volunteering and working with charity organizations, rather than working in government, according to...

How Well Do You Know Your Administration? A Quiz

July 19, 2013 1. James Gandolfini portrayed the occupant of this administration post in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. 2. This top official at the Commerce Department was the first American woman to walk in space. 3. The Associated Press once called this homeschooled White House official “Goat Boy” because he raised goats...

Feds Ordered to Report James Bond Wannabes, Night Owls and Other Suspicious Colleagues

July 10, 2013 In an effort to prevent leaks and other security violations, the Obama administration has asked federal employees to report suspicious behavior among their coworkers, according to a McClatchy story published Wednesday. Under the Insider Threat Program -- which was mandated by a 2011 executive order following Pfc. Bradley Manning’s alleged...