Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan used his first speech in his new position to decry a multibillion-dollar drain on the federal budget that lawmakers dont account for climate change.
It was a big net neutrality week in Washington: the deadline hit for Open Internet comments with the Federal Communications Commission, the agency held Open Internet roundtables with stakeholders and the Senate held its own hearing on net neutrality. A few highlights from the week:
This week on The Container, we spent lot of time reporting on aviation but with some focus on highways and the vehicles that travel on them.
The sustainable investment movement gained more momentum after the University of Californias Board of Regents voted Wednesday to approve a new framework Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) for its investments. According to Pensions & Investments, the new proposal calls for $1 billion of university endowment and retirement assets to be invested in solutions-oriented investments such as renewable power and fuels, energy efficiency and/or sustainable food and agriculture.
A seemingly regular cycle of food contamination scares about various food processing facilities prompted Congress to require revisions to Food and Drug Administration food safety regulations. Today, the FDA offered an early look at proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls in human food production, plus preventive controls in animal food production and on foreign supplier verification programs. A comment period on the rule proposals will begin after they are officially published in the Federal Register on Sept. 29.
We spoke with Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus and a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week after he told an aviation industry conference in Washington about some of his misgivings about drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.
Theres a treasure trove of declassified CIA documents that have hit the street, many of them entertaining, some of them illuminating. Journalists are plumbing their depths. One is an early experiment in artificial intelligence teaming up with, well, intelligence.
You might be familiar with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers from policy debates here in Washington about Internet governance and the National Telecommunications and Information Administrations plan to step back from its role in certain functions of the Internet domain name system. Technocrat talked with ICANNs Christopher Modini about what ICANN does, how its governed, what its stakeholders are concerned about and more.
National Review has a story up that looks (with glee) at the shifting party allegiance in West Virginia. Once a reliably blue state, West Virginia has been supporting Republicans in recent elections. Of course, this all comes down to one issue: coal.
Congress needs lots of help in deciphering and analyzing Medicare provider payment policies and created an expert group the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to advise on payment policy changes. A current major topic on Medicare payments relates to how hospitals are paid based upon the length of a hospital stay.
The most amusing analysis this week of how the airline business works or ought to work came from Wolfe Research investment analyst Hunter Keay who explained that travelers must be re-educated out of expecting something for nothing.
Prior to leaving for a seven-week recess break, the Senate on Thursday completed action on a stopgap spending bill funding federal health agencies until Dec. 11. Included in the bill is additional Health and Human Services agency funding and transfers to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., spoke for those Americans Thursday who are exasperated with all those lists that the Transportation Security Administration and other federal agencies keep to check up on airline passengers.
Dont forget to RSVP for the joint Just Security/CQ Roll Call event Monday, Sept. 22, where a panel (including yours truly) will discuss what role national security is playing in the 2014 elections then what happens in the next Congress. Also, there are drinks afterward, in celebration of the birthday of Just Security.
CQ Roll Calls Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.