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Pentagon budget fight, 'in-sourcing' and oil spill investigations

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Monday! Among all the others, here are three stories especially worth your time today:

Congress may override efforts by Secretary Gates to cut defense spending: It started with the House passing a higher pay increase than requested, and now lawmakers from both parties are poised to override Robert Gates and fund the C-17 cargo plane and an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The competing agendas could lead to a major clash between Congress and the Obama administration this summer.

Federal "in-sourcing" plan draws mixed reviews: As contracting advocates ready for a fight over the government's policies to move more work in-house, at least one local company is taking an enterprising approach. Adecco Government Solutions is talking with the federal government about ways it can assist agencies staff positions without drawing from contractors.

8 probes into Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill: It's quite a list of public and private investigations that could lead to years of official reports, litigation and confusion.

In other news...

Cabinet and Staff News: Michelle Obama speaks at George Washington University's commencement. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano under fire again. New bill would order Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to develop new guidelines on childhood allergies. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke urged China on Sunday to remain open to U.S. and other foreign technology.

AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT:
New order of succession at USDA: Just in case the secretary and deputy secretary are unavailable, here's what happens.

CENSUS BUREAU:
Census takers provide early snapshot of U.S.: A snapshot of census workers themselves may be equally revealing for what it says about the state of the American economy and work force.

Contracting spending cuts coming in 2011, study says: President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request includes $36 billion less for contractors, a 5 percent decline from $756 billion this year.

'Feds Get Fit' cookbook released: Winning recipes of OPM's recent competition are now available online.

GAO: Comparison of military, civilian pay & benefits complex: Pay and benefits are a large part of how the Department of Defense attracts and retains members of the military, but some have argued that, when compared to what is available in the private sector, the Pentagon falls short.

NASA:
Busy schedule for rocket Obama wants scrapped: NASA managers in charge of the rocket, the Ares I have put together an ambitious testing program to accelerate its development, including a flight in November 2014 with astronauts aboard.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION:
National Archives attorney offers e-mail counsel: Jason Baron, the agency's director of litigation, has visited and counseled the records keeping offices of nearly every cabinet level department and independent agency.

U.S. SUPREME COURT:
Opera-loving justices bring the music to the high court: A majority of the justices gathered last week in the East Conference Room for a bit of opera.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 17, 2010; 7:20 AM ET
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Hi Ed,

Here's a simple idea from a humble rancher in Utah. Why didn't these dinks think of this first?
What do you think?

UTAH RANCHER HAS PROVEN CONCEPT TO CAP OIL SPILL. A LOGICAL, DOABLE ANSWER FOR CAPPING BROKEN OIL PIPE WHILE PRESSURE FORCES OIL FLOW.

Though he's a super-shy guy... He does have A LOGICAL DOABLE ANSWER FOR CAPPING THE GULF OIL SPILL.

He's done it many times with broken water systems on the family ranch. And though 1" and 4" pipes might seem a poor comparison, in this case SIZE IS NOT RELATIVE TO THE CONCEPT. A lot of water pressure comes through a four inch pipe.

So- "To cap the pipe without turning off the main source, I create A 'SLEEVE' PIPE THAT FITS PERFECTLY OVER THE BUSTED ONE. (Like a car exhaust replacement pipe.) THE SLEEVE PIPE HAS THREADED HOLES FOR SEVERAL HEAVY DUTY BOLTS ALL AROUND THE PIPE AND A SHUT OFF VALVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SLEEVE PIPE THAT IS LEFT OPEN AS THE SLEEVE PIPE IS LOWERED UNTO THE BROKEN PIPE. THEN I TIGHTEN ALL BOLTS UNTIL THE SEAM CAN BE WELDED. ALL THE TIME LEAVING THE VALVE WIDE OPEN TO RELIEVE PRESSURE UNTIL BOTH PIPES ARE SEAM-SECURED AND TASK COMPLETE. NEXT, SLOWLY (Slowly being the necessary action for anything under pressure.) TURN THE VALVE OFF/CLOSED. SECURE/CONNECT A RUBBER HOSE OR PIPE TO OTHER SIDE OF SLEEVE PIPE JUST BEYOND THE VALVE TO RUN UP TO THE RIG WITH THE FINAL SHUT OFF VALVE AT THE END OF HOSE/PIPE. FINALLY, SLOWLY OPEN THE JOINING VALVE TO COMPLETE THE FLOW ONCE AGAIN MAKING SURE THE SPIGOT VALVE AT THE END OF THE HOSE/PIPE UP TOP IS CLOSED."

It's the best option I've heard so far and think it's worth an immediate try.

Posted by: TheCosmicGourmet | May 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

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