Podcast Episodes

H.R. 624: CISPA

H.R. 624: "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act", which protects companies from liability for giving your information to the government and allows the government to sift through your that information without a warrant, has almost no chance of becoming law as President Obama has promised a veto. CISPA passed the House on Thursday, April 17th, 2013. Bill Highlights Section 2: Federal Government Coordination with Respect to Cyber-security (b)(1) The President will designate a part of the Department of Homeland Security to receive cyber threat information shared by a private sector company or utility or a cyber security company. (b)(2) The President will designate a part of the Justice Department to receive cyber threat information related to cyber-security crimes. (b)(4)(A)...

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H.R. 1163: Information Security Policies

H.R. 1163: "The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013", which orders standards and oversight of information security systems, has a good chance of becoming law as it passed the House unanimously. Passed the House on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. *Get all the details on this bill in podcast episode CD024: Let's Gut the STOCK Act Bill Highlights Section 2: Replaces language in the U.S. Code The new language says: Purposes: Provide a framework for the coordination of information security between civilian, national security, and law enforcement communities. Focus on automated and continuous monitoring of information systems. Acknowledge "market solutions for the protection of critical information systems important to the national defense and economic security of the National that...

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HR 882: No Contracts for Tax-Dodging Corporations

H.R. 882: "Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013" has a chance of becoming law because it sounds like it will stop contracts from going to tax-dodging companies, but has plenty of loopholes. Passed the House of Representatives on Monday, April 15, 2013. *Get all the details on this bill in podcast episode CD024: Let's Gut the STOCK Act Bill Highlights Section 3 (a) If you want a government contract, you must submit a form saying you don't have a "seriously delinquent" tax debt. (c)(1) The person or company will be suspended or disbarred from government contracts if they have a seriously delinquent tax debt and/or lie about not having one. (c)(2) This can be waived as long as Congress is told. Section 4 The same rules from Section 3 apply to federal grants. Section 5:...

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S. 716: Gut the STOCK Act

On Friday, April 12, after most members of the House of Representatives had reasonably assumed the day was done, Eric Cantor presented and passed - without a vote- a Senate bill eliminating key provisions of the STOCK Act. The President immediately signed it into law. *Get all the details on this bill in podcast episode CD024: Let's Gut the STOCK Act On April 4, 2012, a signing ceremony was held in honor of the STOCK Act, an already weak bill designed to prevent insider trading and to create more transparency into the financials of government representatives, officials, and employees. C-SPAN video of the STOCK Act signing ceremony The exact opposite happened last week when they eliminated some key provisions of their much publicized self-policing act. On Thursday, April 11th, Senator...

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H.R. 1120: Shut Down the National Labor Relations Board Act

H.R. 1120: "Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act" passed the House on Friday, April 12, 2013 but will not become law. The bill shuts down the National Labor Relatioons Board, which is responsible for investigating private sector employee claims of abuse by their employers and runs union elections. *Get all the details on H.R. 1120 in podcast episode CD022: Crippling the Regulators. Section 2. Activities by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Prohibited The board must have three members (a quorum) present in order to do any work. The board must stop all work and not enforce decisions made after January 4, 2012. Section 3. Termination The NLRB can get back to work if one of the following three things happens: All members of the board are confirmed by...

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H.R. 678: Waive Hydro-Power Projects from NEPA Act

H.R. 678: "The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act" will not become law because it exempts certain hydropower project from environmental reviews. *Get all the details in podcast episode CD022: Crippling the Regulators. Passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013. Section 2: Authorization Authorizes the Bureau of Reclamation to approve small, private hydropower projects on existing waterways owned by the government. Exempts small hydro-power from environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It is unlikely that H.R. 678 will be passed by the Senate or signed into law by President...

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CD021: Trailblazer vs. ThinThread

Part 3 of the continuing resolution followed by a history of Trailblazer and ThinThread, the NSA's spying programs. *Forward to 28:20 to hear the Trailblazer vs. Thinthread (NSA spying) story* Executive Producer: Kevin H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 B= Billion M= Million DIVISION E: VETERANS Title I—Department of Defense Construction (TOTAL: $10.6 B) $1.7 B: Army construction available until 2017 for "acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment of temporary or permanent public works, military installations, facilities, and real property… and host nation support" $1.5 B: Navy & Marine construction available until 2017 $323 M: Air Force construction available until 2017 $3.5 B: Defense-wide construction available until 2017...

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CD020: Continuing Resolution, Part 2

Part 2 of the Continuing Resolution which funds the government until September 30th. In this section, we look at the funding for the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security. H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 B= Billion M= Million DIVISION C: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT (TOTAL FUNDING: $597,086,714,000) Title I—Military Personnel $127.5 B: Total funding Title II—Operation and Maintenance $173 B: Total funding Title III—Procurement $100 B: Total funding Public funding for private procurements In every category: "Expansion of public and private plants including the land necessary" "Procurement and installation of equipment, appliances, and machine tools in public and private plants" "contractor-owned equipment lay-away" = no interest is...

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CD019: Continuing Resolution, Part 1

Part 1 of a two part series on the continuing resolution that will fund the government until the end of September. In this episode, we examine the funding for the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and science related appropriations. H.R. 933: Consolidated and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 B = billion M = million DIVISION A: AGRICULTURE, FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION Totals Grand total of division: 139 B for 2013 ($137 B in 2012) ($144 B requested) Food and Drug Administration (FDA): $4 B in 2013 Food Stamps: $77 B for 2013 ($80 B in 2013) ($82 B requested) All domestic food programs: $105 B for 3013 ($106 B in 2012) ($109 B requested) Subject to 2.513% sequester cut TITLE I - Agricultural Programs Extension Activities People eligible...

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CD018: The Ryan Budget

Low-lights of the Ryan budget are described after we run down the bills passed by the House this week. We also look into an eighteen-year emergency continued this week by President Obama. H.R. 749: Eliminate Privacy Confusion Act The banks currently have to send out a notice regarding their privacy policies every year. This bill would change the law so the banks only have to send the privacy notices out when they change their privacy policies. The privacy policies will be posted online. HR 890: Preserving the Welfare Work Requirement and TANF Extension Act This bill extends the the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program, which is welfare, through the end of this calendar year. The bill also prohibits the Obama administration from following through with a plan to give states...

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