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Federal Employees News Digest : Sep 30, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Public Sector Media Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NEWS DIGEST (ISSN 1065-0970) is published weekly except first week in January and last week in December by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Annual subscription rate is: US $39. Subscription inquiries and customer service: Mail to: Federal Employees News Digest, PO Box 15428, N. Hollywood, CA 91615-5428, customerservice@feder- aldaily.com or call (800) 989-3363, fax (818) 487-4550. © Copyright 2013 by 1105 Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproductions or distribution in whole or part prohibited except by site license or reprint purchase. The information in this newsletter has not undergone any formal testing by 1105 Media, Inc. and is dis- tributed without any warranty expressed or implied. Implementation or use of any information contained herein is the reader's sole responsibility. While the information has been reviewed for accuracy, there is no guarantee that the same or similar results may be achieved in all environments. Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. September 30, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 11 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com citizens, and as experts, got into the squabble. The fact that the government has a higher percentage of veterans (many of whom have been BOTG) than almost any private company is a factor in feds' keen interest in world events. One group said it was none of our busi- ness. They fear that toppling the current regime could make things worse. And provoke hits on the U.S. and Israel. Maybe Saudi Arabia too. The State Department, led by Vietnam vet John Kerrey was hawkish. It argued that something must be done--- but without BOTG. Defense, led by another Vietnam vet, Chuck Hagel, seemed less anxious to get into another conflict, even if it was fought with drones and cruise missiles. The fear was that BOTG might be required before it was all over. Or that doing something would make things worse. Or that doing nothing would make things worse. The lights have been burning late in many federal operations from D.C. to Huntsville to Dayton. While the public gets most of its news from Washington, much of the action --- especially at times like this --- takes place way outside the beltway. It includes law enforcement and expert money-trackers at the IRS, linguists and computer experts. A lot of people are in on the action. The key to both arguments --- strike Syria now, wait or leave it alone --- is BOTG. After Iraq and Afghanistan dif- ferent groups, for different reasons, say it will/should never happen again. Some argue that American troops should not be committed to any combat operation unless the rest of the world, or NATO, or the European Union, or the Arab League, or somebody --- anybody else --- joined us, and actually said they were on board, and put some of their own BOTG too. The more hawkish said putting troops in is the only way to effect regime change. But that, for now, is yesterday's news. Thanks to the Navy Yard shootings, we are back to another old standby saying: Connect-the-Dots. Or CTD. Feds, and in some cases federal contrac- tors, are front and center as the political process evolves. And feds, and in some cases contractors, are likely to be the one's thrown under the bus. After 9/11, various commissions, com- mittees and groups said the IC (intelligence community) had failed us by not heeding warnings of an imminent attack on the U.S. We should have known about foreigners training to fly (but not land) multi-engine airplanes at U.S. flying schools. The IC failed to CTD, it was said, numerous times despite numerous and obvious (in hindsight) warnings. As a result of 9/11, the government was reorganized. The Department of Homeland Security went from newborn to giant in a short-time. Tens of thousands of government workers, and even more private sector contractors, took jobs in security and intelligence. And they needed security clearances. And fast. There was tremendous political pressure to shorten the time it takes to check and clear individuals. The average time was cut by two-thirds and it now takes about 44 days. Great, up to a point... Now we are reading about the vetting (or lack of) of the Navy Yard shooter. The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that the contractor who cleared the shooter to become a Navy contractor, let some things slide. Like the fact that he had a police record for shooting out the tires of a neighbor. The same day the Post reported that the leading lady in the IRS "scandal" has resigned. It also said she had retired. She had been on leave after refusing to talk to a congressional committee about an alleged program to deny conservative groups tax- preference status. One side said it was a White House-ordered program to beat up on conservatives. The other said it was a tempest in a teapot that was confined to Cincinnati on the Ohio, not Washington on the Potomac. No doubt that the politicians who demanded that the security background process be sped up, to make things easier for contractors, will next be demanding to know why and how bureaucrats let the process become so sloppy. Stand back while they connect the dots. Again. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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