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Tuesday federal headlines - March 4, 2014
Tuesday - 3/4/2014, 8:33am EST
- Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., area are open this morning, but
under a two-hour delayed arrival.
Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. You
should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than you would be
expected to arrive. Non-emergency employees who report to the office will be
granted excused absence for up to two hours past their expected arrival time.
(Federal News Radio)
- The White House 2015 budget request will be on desks throughout
Washington by lunchtime today. It's likely to get picked over like a broiled
trout. President Obama is asking for $56 billion more than a bipartisan
Congressional agreement has already set as a spending ceiling. The President
signed that deal. Senate Democrats have already said they'll go by the agreement
and proceed directly to appropriations bills. Obama has announced a four-year,
$302 billion infrastructure spending plan. to boost spending on highways, rail
projects and mass transit. Half of the initiative would be financed through
corporate taxes, half from some spending stream yet to be worked out.
- The National Park Service says the two-week shutdown last year cost the nation
at least $414 million. The agency releases a report to prove its worth. Director Jonathan
Jarvis says the park service returns $10 for every $1 that taxpayers invest in it.
Nationwide, the park service says it supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and
generates nearly $27 billion in economic activity. The Park Service says visitor
spending supports more than 12,000 jobs locally, including Washington,
D.C., Maryland, northern Virginia and West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.
(National Park Service)
- The Pentagon halts military-to-military engagements with Russia to pressure
Russian forces to pull out of Ukraine. Suspended activities include exercises,
bilateral meetings, port visits and conferences. But Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm.
John Kirby says the U.S. is not changing its military posture in the region. He
says the Navy is conducting routine, previously planned operations with European
partners. (Defense Department)
- Vietnam veterans sue the military over its treatment of
their post-traumatic stress. The vets say the Army, Air Force and Navy failed to
recognize that their disorders developed during their military service. They got
other-than-honorable discharges. With that black mark, they could not get
benefits. The lawsuit seeks class-action status. It accuses the Pentagon of
refusing to re-evaluate Vietnam-era vets' medical conditions, despite better
understanding of PTSD. A Pentagon spokesman says the department doesn't comment
on pending litigation. He says it has taken steps to address concerns about the
disorder, including assessing service members at military treatment facilities.
- New Mexico gives the Energy Department a deadline for dealing with nuclear waste now gathering above ground at
the federal Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. A parking area at the plant serves as
temporary storage for the containers of waste coming from federal facilities
across the country. The plant's underground dump remains closed following two
accidents. A radiation leak exposed at least 13 workers and set off an air-
monitoring alarm. Under New Mexico's plan, the Energy Department has to develop an
alternative storage plan if it keeps the facility sealed for more than three
months. (Associated Press)
- Telecom carriers are quietly pushing back against a proposed plan to have them store
metadata on behalf of the National Security Agency. Officials at AT&T, Verizon and
Sprint are telling the Obama administration they don't want to become spy data
miners. Having third party storage of phone records is one of four options the
Obama administration is considering. The NSA has been under fire from privacy
advocates for foreign surveillance it conducts using the data. The companies'
stance is a change for the carriers. Since World War II, phone and telegraph
companies cooperated with the government's requests for records. (Associated
- The Justice Department is suing Sprint Communications for $63 million.
Prosecutors say Sprint overcharged agencies $21 million for court-ordered
wiretaps. Justice is seeking treble damages. The suit alleges Sprint bilked the
FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other agencies. A 1994 law
required carriers to upgrade their equipment so they could comply with wiretapping
orders. It took until 2006 for the FCC to rule the government didn't have to pay
for the upgrades. The Justice suit alleges Sprint charged for them anyhow from
2007 to 2010. (Associated Press)