Eye Opener: July 27, 2009
• Cabinet and Staff News: David Axelrod joins a weekend pickup basketball game with other government notables: Richard Danzig, FCC's Julius Genachowski, FTC's Jonathan Leibowitz and Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service. Hillary Clinton reassures Moscow on efforts to "reset" the U.S.-Russia relationship and she's visiting Nigeria and Kenya as a makeup for Obama's snub. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke takes questions during a PBS town hall special. The author of the Bush-era terrorism detainee memos, John Yoo, pushes back. Analysis: Robert Gates scored big last week. Jacqueline Berrien, nominee to head the EEOC, has a wide-ranging background in discrimination law.
• Infectious Diseases Study Site Questioned: The Department of Homeland Security relied on a rushed, flawed study to justify its decision to locate a $700 million research facility for highly infectious pathogens in a tornado-prone section of Kansas, according to a government report.
• Amid Reviews, DynCorp Bolsters Ethics Practices: The security contractor is seeking future work in Afghanistan after questions about its performance.
• At a Border Crossing, Security Trumps Openness: The design of a U.S.-Canada border crossing at Massena, N.Y. was first deemed perfect, then too bright and a possible security risk, so workers are now dismantling a large, yellow "United States" sign. (Boo.)
• Suspect Named in Border Agent's Death: Authorities in Mexico on Sunday identified the man suspected of fatally shooting a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
• Language to Ease Rehiring of Retirees in Defense Authorization: Lawmakers withdrew several federal workforce reforms from the Senate's 2010 Defense Authorization bill last week, but a provision to make it easier to rehire annuitants survived in the budget legislation.
• Postal Service Overpaying to Retiree Trust Fund: The problem, according to the IG, is that the PAEA estimates 7 percent annual inflation for health care costs; most Fortune 500 companies project 5 percent inflation.
• DHS Consolidates Software Licenses: It will consolidate 487,000 licenses for Microsoft software and support under one contract, which could help the department avoid paying more than $87 million over the next six years.
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