House and Senate negotiators met today to try to move closer to a deal on a budget for the rest of fiscal 2014. The sides are far apart on numbers and they have very little time to reach a deal that prevents sequestration Jan. 15. David Berteau and Ryan Crotty of the Center for Strategic and International Studies are looking at how a conference committee deal might impact the Department of Defense for the remainder of FY 2014 and the out years. They joined host Francis Rose in studio for Pentagon Solutions Berteau says that Jan. 15 deadline is really a double deadline.
In his confirmation hearing, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security garnered almost universal praise from senators for his qualifications and intellect. But at least two senators say they can’t support his confirmation right now.
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Not one of the top federal technology officials testifying today before House lawmakers accepts the blame for the failings of the HealthCare.gov portal. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says technology failures are like orphans — no one takes responsibility.
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Sixteen cyber attacks have already hit the HealthCare.gov website. Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications for the Homeland Security Department, told the House Homeland Security Committee today that DHS is committed to keeping the website safe.