Federal News Countdown: Paryroll tax deal, new privacy rules and a new spectrum deal

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
– Linda Springer, executive director of government and public sector, Ernst & Young
– Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer, Agilex

Linda Springer’s stories
#3 Execs oppose proposed financial disclosures
From Federal Times

The Senior Executives Association is urging Senate leaders to kill a legislative provision that would require online posting of Senior Executive Service members’ personal financial disclosure reports.

#2 Obama signs payroll tax cut extension into law
From Federal News Radio:


President Barack Obama signed the payroll tax cut extension into law Wednesday, notching an election-year victory and rare bipartisan agreement in the continuing partisan battle over jobs, taxes and debt.

#1 White House pushes semi-retirements
From Federal Times:

About 500,000 retirement-eligible federal employees would have an attractive new option to consider if the White House gets its way: semi-retirement. President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal calls on Congress to allow federal employees to work part-time while also collecting partial pension checks and earning partial retirement benefits for their part-time service.

Tim Hoechst’s stories
#3 Obama unveils online privacy plan
From Politico:

The Obama administration is taking a two-pronged approach to online privacy, calling on Congress to pass a “consumer privacy bill of rights,” while putting the onus on companies like Google and Facebook, as well as privacy watchdogs and online advertisers, to forge new data handling rules for the digital age.

#2 FCC holds a few aces on spectrum
From Nextgov:

While the congressional battle to pass spectrum legislation may have ended last week, the process of actually getting spectrum into the hands of wireless companies and making it available for smartphones, tablets, and other wireless technologies has just begun.

#1 CIA to software vendors: A revolution is coming
From Reuters:

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency told software vendors on Tuesday that it plans to revolutionize the way it does business with them as part of a race to keep up with the blazing pace of technology advances.