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Justin Rohrlich is a contributor at Quartz.
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No More Bread-And-Water Punishment For U.S. Navy Sailors

December 27, 2018 Two weeks after he took over as commander of the USS Shiloh in June 2015, Navy captain Adam M. Aycock punished a sailor for breaking curfew with an arcane sentence: three days in the brig while subsisting on nothing but bread and water. Aycock would go on to use that...

The IRS Wants to Use Social Media to Catch Tax Cheats

December 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service is looking for ways to scour social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in its ongoing quest to catch tax cheats. That’s according to a request for information issued December 18 by the IRS’ National Office of Procurement. The mining of social media data by...

The Government May Be Shut Down, But Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For Mar-a-Lago Party Tents

December 26, 2018 At loggerheads with Congress over funding his signature border wall, president Donald Trump shut down large swaths of the federal government at midnight on Friday. Roughly 800,000 federal employees are affected, many of whom will remain on furlough without pay if the shutdown continues. But even as much of the...

The Trump Administration’s Davos 2019 Hotel Bills Have Already Hit $2.9 Million

December 21, 2018 Donald Trump has trashed relationships with the U.S.’s closest allies the past year, insulted foreign leaders, scorned decades-old alliances in overseas meetings, and undermined global regulatory bodies. Nonetheless, he plans to travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos again this coming January to hobnob with some of the richest,...

The Pentagon Thinks Cyber Ops Could Be The Next WMDs

December 19, 2018 For years, the phrase “weapons of mass destruction,” or WMDs, referred to physical threats: Nuclear bombs, chemical attacks, and biological warfare. Department of Defense officials, however, are expanding the definition to include offensive cyber operations. They think the threat is so big, that they’re seeking ideas from academics, research institutions,...

Ex-Russian Spies Say The U.S. Is Losing Because It Can’t Control Social Media

December 18, 2018 Two new reports about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election offer the most detailed account yet of the tactics deployed to manipulate voters. They also underscore how difficult it’s going to be for U.S. intelligence agencies to keep that from happening again. Russian operatives were able to easily...

Donald Trump May Spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago Over Christmas and New Year’s

December 14, 2018 Donald Trump could be spending up to 16 days at Mar-a-Lago over the holidays, an alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration indicates. If he spends the full time there, it will be the president’s longest stay at the Florida members-only resort Trump owns since he took office in January...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Is Using Retinal Scans to Try to Catch Liars

December 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using a futuristic eye-scanning device to weed out dishonest potential recruits during the initial application phase. That’s according to a detail contained within a blistering report from the Homeland Security Department’s Office of the Inspector General released last week. The report criticizes the agency...

The FBI Needs to Burn 53 Tons of Classified Material

December 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI announced its files were going digital in 2012. Nevertheless, the bureau will need to destroy an estimated 53 tons of “classified and sensitive” material in the coming year to ensure the FBI’s secrets stay secret. A government contracting document issued late last month by the FBI’s Information Management...

The FBI Needs To Burn 53 Tons Of Classified Material

December 13, 2018 The FBI announced its files were going digital in 2012. Nevertheless, the bureau will need to destroy an estimated 53 tons of “classified and sensitive” material in the coming year to ensure the FBI’s secrets stay secret. A government contracting document issued late last month by the FBI’s Information Management...