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Hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp bring you the latest news affecting the federal community each weekday morning, featuring interviews with top government executives and contractors. Listen live from 6 to 9 a.m. or download archived interviews on our daily show blogs.
Monday morning federal headlines - June 18
Monday - 6/18/2012, 7:37am EDT
- The Secret Service's prostitution
scandal in Colombia was not a one-time event, according to internal government
Hundreds of documents dating back to 2004 describe allegations that agents not
only used prostitutes but also leaked information, committed sex assault,
published porn and more. The most recent complaints were just last month.
All are detailed in more than 230 pages released Friday to media organizations
under the Freedom of Information Act.
Lawmakers are urging restraint, however. Senate Homeland Security Committee
Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) says the public should withhold judgment until
the agency's inspector general finishes investigating. It's not clear how many of
the accusations were found true. (Federal News Radio)
- Three departments report progress in keeping unscrupulous colleges from
getting GI Bill and DoD educational funds. Defense, Veterans Affairs and
Education are trying to implement a White House order concerning for-profit
schools. Schools that sign onto the administration's so-called principles of
excellence will get VA endorsement. VA is tying to trademark the word GI Bill so
it can control which schools use it in their marketing. DoD requires schools to
submit to third-party inspection if they want to receive military tuition dollars.
(Federal News Radio)
- The Postal Service wanted postmasters off its payroll, but now it wants them
back. The agency is offering part-time work to employees eligible for
retirement. It says it will consider others, but it needs postmasters for
their knowledge and community connections. The Postal Service wants to reduce
hours at thousands of post offices. That's where the part-time postmasters would
work for about $12 an hour. They would still be able to receive their retirement
pay. The Postal Service has offered buyouts to 21,000 postmasters as part of its
recovery plan. (Postmasters.org)
- Women who sign up for combat duty can expect a bruising...from their uniforms.
Body armor designed for men can lead to bleeding and chafing. In addition, they contribute to a high
rate of urinary and vaginal infections. USA Today reports these finding from an
Army task force of female officers.
The committee says paying attention to these health issues is critical as the
military opens more combat positions to women.
The Army says it is testing armor made for women. (USA Today)
- The White House is asking Congress to back off while the Justice Department
examines recent leaks of classified information. Senior advisor David Plouffe told
Fox News Sunday that they should wait for the
results of a very thorough investigation. He says the president has "zero
tolerance" for leaks. But Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman says the White House
is not going far enough. He is calling for a special counsel to replace
the two federal prosecutors assigned to the investigation. He says that will
avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. Lieberman chairs the Senate Homeland
Security Committee. He says the recent leaks revealing that the United States
helped launch a cyber attack on Iran was the "worst in a long time." (Fox News
and Federal News Radio)
- A new week in the epic drama between the lawmaker and the attorney general
gets underway today. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says he's willing to
postpone a contempt of Congress vote scheduled for Wednesday. The object of
that vote, Attorney General Eric Holder, says he's willing to send over documents
Issa wants. Issa's Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the
Justice Department's defunct gun-walking experiment known as Fast and Furious.
Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley say they're willing to meet with Holder tomorrow,
but they want the documents before the pow-wow. (CBS News)
- The iPad might soon share its perch as king of the tablet hill. Microsoft is expected to unveil a new tablet today. The New York Times reports, it would be the first computer designed by Microsoft. The company has been caught behind in the burgeoning mobility movement. One reason for the iPad's success is that Apple designs and builds both the machine and the software. That's a different model than the one that made Microsoft rich. Microsoft licensed DOS and then Windows to any and all computer builders, but never made computers of its own. Microsoft will introduce the new tablet at a media event in Los Angeles. (New York Times)