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FTC, DOJ Issue Joint Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry

“The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice today issued a joint statement reaffirming the importance of preserving competition in the defense industry. The statement describes the agencies’ framework for analyzing defense industry mergers and acquisitions and emphasizes that the antitrust agencies work closely with the Department of Defense, which is in a uniqueContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Emergency Management, Local Media Advertising, DOE Lab Directed Research

Emergency Management: Improved Federal Coordination Could Better Assist K-12 Schools Prepare for Emergencies, GAO-16-144: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2016. Local Media Advertising: FCC Should Take Action to Ensure Television Stations Publicly File Advertising Agreements, GAO-16-349: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2016. Federal Research: Information on DOE’s Laboratory-Directed ResearchContinue Reading

World military spending resumes upward course, says SIPRI

(Stockholm, 5 April 2016) “World military expenditure totalled almost $1.7 trillion in 2015, an increase of 1 per cent in real terms from 2014, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The data is being released to coincide with the start of the Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. TheContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOE Laboratory-Directed Research, KC-46 Tanker Aircraft, Architect of the Capitol, Cloud Computing, IRS

Federal Research: Information on DOE’s Laboratory-Directed Research and Development Program, GAO-16-486R: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2016. KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Challenging Testing andDelivery Schedules Lie Ahead, GAO-16-346: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2016. Architect of the Capitol: Contracting Function Generally Follows Key Practices, but Certain Improvements Are Needed, GAO-16-348:Continue Reading

FAS – DoD Security Clearances Down by 900k Since 2013

Via Secrecy News From the FAS Project on Government Secrecy: ” The total number of employees and contractors holding security clearances for access to classified information at the Department of Defense dropped by a hefty 900,000 between 2013 and 2016 — or 20% of the total cleared population at DoD. At the start of theContinue Reading

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions

Via FAS – CRS report – Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Frequently Asked Questions, Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Specialist in African Affairs. March 29, 2016. “Boko Haram, a violent Nigerian Islamist movement, has grown increasingly active and deadly in its attacks against state and civilian targets in recent years, drawing on a narrative of victimization and vengeance forContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Protective Service, HUBZone Program, 2015 Lobbying Disclosure, Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System, Vehicle Safety

Federal Protective Service: Enhancements to Performance Measures and Data Quality Processes Could Improve Human Capital Planning, GAO-16-384: Published: Mar 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016. HUBZone Program: Actions Taken on February 2015 GAO Recommendations, GAO-16-423R: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016. IRS Referral Programs: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Controls and IncreaseContinue Reading

Paper – Cryptopolitik and the Darknet

Cryptopolitik and the Darknet By Daniel Moore, Thomas Rid, Publication: Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, February–March 2016, Pages: 7-38, Volume: 58. Edition number: 1. Date: 19 January 2016 “Encryption policy is becoming a crucial test of the values of liberal democracy in the twenty-first century. The trigger is a dilemma: the power of ciphers protects citizensContinue Reading

Hearing Report – The Intelligence Community: Keeping Watch Over Its Contractor Workforce

Via FAS – “The Intelligence Community: Keeping Watch Over Its Contractor Workforce, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, June 18, 2014, published March 18, 2016. The hearing record is of particular interest as a reflection of the revived intelligence oversight role assumed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) following the issuance of 2014 IntelligenceContinue Reading

Agencies Release Guidance to Issuing Banks on Applying Customer ID Program Requirements to Holders of Prepaid Cards

“Federal financial institution regulatory agencies today issued guidance clarifying the applicability of the Customer Identification Program (CIP) rule to prepaid cards issued by banks. The guidance applies to banks, savings associations, credit unions, and U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks (collectively “banks”). The guidance clarifies that a bank’s CIP should apply to the holdersContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Critical Defense Materials, Federal Real Property, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Private Health Insurance

Critical Defense Materials: Government Collected Data Are Sufficiently Reliable to Assess Tantalum Availability, GAO-16-335: Published: Mar 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2016. Federal Real Property: GSA Could Better Identify Risks of Unforeseen Conditions in Repair and Alteration Projects, GAO-16-273: Published: Mar 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2016. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:Continue Reading

EFF – What We Talk About When We Talk About Apple and Compelled Speech

Via EFF – “Last week, EFF filed a brief in support of Apple’s fight against the FBI, in which we argued that forcing Apple to write—and sign—a custom version of iOS would violate the First Amendment rights of Apple and its programmers. That’s because the right to free speech sharply limits the government’s ability toContinue Reading