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Federal Drive Show Blog - June 4, 2013
Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 9:14am EDT
military and employment attorney
Military leaders, sexual-assault victims and legal experts are debating changes to the military code of justice before a Senate panel today. In efforts to stamp out sexual assaults, lawmakers are considering a bevy of measures intended to limit commanders' power over the military justice system. Military brass warns, the reforms could go too far.
Bernabei and Watchel, PPLC
Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation to strengthen protections for military whistleblowers. Which raises the question: what's wrong with the current law? It's especially apt considering victims of sexual assault in the military are testifying this morning on Capitol Hill. Many victims say the command culture and a fear of retaliation have kept them from coming forward and seeking help. So we've turned to one of our regular Legal Loop contributors for some insight. Civil rights and employment attorney Lynne Bernabei has represented a number of federal whistleblowers.
National Science Teachers Association
The Obama administration is proposing a comprehensive reorganization of Science and Math education programs. That would include a nearly 7 percent increase in STEM spending in fiscal 2014. But what do the teachers in the trenches think of the proposed changes?
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Defense analysts from across the political spectrum are uniting behind a call to reduce overhead in the Defense budget. They say, without fundamental management changes internal cost drivers will crowd out core military missions. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu has details.
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