Federal News Countdown: Chinese servers, NSA data collection

Two experts in the world of the federal government choose and rank the three news stories from the current week that they think are most important to people who work for the federal government. This discussion gives Federal employees and contractors a chance to hear what their peers are thinking about, talking about and dealing with.

Steve Bucci, director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation, and Ron Marks, president of Intelligence Enterprises and senior fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, joined Francis Rose to count down the week’s top stories on Federal News Countdown.

Guests on the Federal News Countdown:

  • Steve Bucci, Director, Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, Heritage Foundation; former military assistant to the Secretary of Defense; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Ron Marks, President of Intelligence Enterprises; Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute; former intelligence advisor to two Senate Majority Leaders

Ron Marks’ stories:

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#3 NSA director Keith Alexander says fed workers need to know ‘limits of authority’ (Baltimore Business Journal)

#2 White House releases proposal to end Section 215 bulk collection (Threat Post)

#1 N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat (The New York Times)

Larry Allen’s stories:

#3 Chuck Hagel preaches ‘professionalism’ amid scandal (Politico)

#2 U.S., U.K. Deeply Involved in Sparking Indian Ocean Search (The Wall Street Journal)

CIO shakeup at Treasury sign of similar moves at other agencies?

#1 White House pushes Congress to quickly pass changes to NSA data collection program (The Washington Post)