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Wednesday federal headlines - October 30, 2013
Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 7:52am EDT
- Federal retirees find out today how much more money they'll see in their
pension checks. Economists predict it will be about 1.5 percent. That would make
it one of the smallest on record since automatic increases in cost-of-living adjustments began in 1975. The COLA impacts
veterans and those who receive disability assistance or social security — in
all more than one-fifth of the country. (Associated Press)
- House and Senate negotiators are meeting today to see if they can come up
with an alternative to
sequestration. They don't have hopes of a grand bargain, but a modest one. It
would not address tax increases or entitlement programs. Democrats want to ease
cuts to domestic programs like Head Start preschools, education grants to local
schools and infrastructure projects. Republicans are especially worried about cuts
to the Pentagon. (Federal News Radio)
- President Barack Obama speaks on HealthCare.gov in Boston this afternoon.
He'll try to keep expectations for the health insurance exchange portal low by
saying the Massachusetts health care system got off to a slow start too. Meanwhile, Health
and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is testifying on Capitol Hill
today. Medicare Chief Marilyn Tavenner had her turn yesterday. She said she was
sorry the site "has not worked as well as it should." Health and Human Services
says it replaced its virtual database with a high-capacity physical one for better
processing of account registrants. It's doubled the number of servers, optimized
software configurations and made other upgrades. But Reuters is reporting the data
hub experienced an outage late last night
— the second this week. The contractor, Verizon, says it's doing maintenance
on the system. (Associated Press)
- A House bill could make military death payments a permanent benefit, even during a government shutdown. Rep.
Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) are introducing the bill.
Payments would no longer depend upon annual appropriations from Congress. The
Pentagon suspended payments during the recent shutdown, forcing a national outcry.
A private foundation offered to fund the payments until the shutdown ended.
- The House Armed Services Committee is asking its vice chairman and Rep. Mac
Thornberry (R-Texas) to take a look at the Defense Department's acquisition
system. Thornberry will sort through 2,000 pages of acquisition regulations. House
Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon says it's part of a long term reform
effort. He says Thornberry must find some kind of meaningful reform as DoD
struggles with ongoing budget cuts and sequestration. (House Armed Services
- Everyone does it. National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress
spying on foreign leaders is a two-way street. European allies are guilty of
it too. The head of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander said it was
the Europeans, not the U.S., who did a surveillance sweep on phone records
overseas. Reuters is reporting, Chinese officials say they'll ramp up information security amid
allegations that the National Security Agency is spying on European allies.
- President Barack Obama met with a handful of corporate leaders for a personal chat on cybersecurity.
Attendees came from the IT, energy and financial worlds. They included CEOs of
Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Intel, Bank of America, Visa and Mastercard.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology released a cybersecurity framework last
week. It's voluntary. Now the government has to convince industry to adopt it. The
public has 45 days to comment. (White House)