“This is the most closed, control freak administration I’ve ever covered.” That’s what veteran Washington Reporter David Sanger of the New York Times is quoted as saying in a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The bottom line of “The Obama Administration and the Press”: While the president pledges transparency, his administration is cracking down on leaks to an unprecedented degree and using other means to control the message coming from the government. The report is written by former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie, now a professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
One small step for man doesn’t apply NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio. He’s logged nearly 40 days in space. On Nov. 6, he’ll carry the olympic torch to the International Space Station. He talked to Emily from Star City, Russia, where he’s making final preparations.
Brock Nicholson Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Homeland Security Department recently swore in 17 veterans. They are part of a new program to boost Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s efforts to catch child predators. The members of the HERO Corps are now working with ICE throughout the country. Brock Nicholson is special agent in charge at ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta. He’s been a part of the program from the beginning.
Anne Richard Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration State Department
The United States admitted 69,930 refugees in fiscal 2013. The number is notable: It’s just 70 people shy of the authorized limit. And this marks the closest the country has come to that target in 33 years. Anne Richard is assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees, and Migration. She explains how they did it.
Lowest price, technically acceptable. The principle otherwise known as LPTA is changing the federal acquisition landscape. It’s making vendors nervous. Not that they have any choice but to adjust. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller discusses new research and analysis of the impact LPTA is having on federal acquisition.
Sequestration dealt a blow to nearly every modernization program in the Defense Department this year. That’s what top military acquisition officials are telling Congress. They say it will get worse the longer sequestration continues. More from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu.
Julia Ziegler Web Operations Manager Federal News Radio
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.