Monday morning federal headlines – Sept. 12

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

  • The House is crafting a short-term bill to fund the government after the fiscal years ends Sept. 30th. A House Appropriations Committee representative told Federal News Radio members are working out the details. The House will likely vote on the continuing resolution next week. House Majority Leader Eric (R-Va.) said he expects the bill to fund agencies through late fall, giving the House and Senate more time to resolve the differences between appropriations bills. (Federal News Radio)
  • Meanwhile, Congress has also worked on a stopgap bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration; its funding runs out in just a few days. The bill — which is expected to pass this week — includes some cuts. The measure will fund FAA through the end of 2011 and includes back pay for federal workers furloughed during a temporary shutdown in August.(Federal News Radio)
  • President Obama laid out his strategy for countering the ideologies of al-Qaida around the world. A new executive order creates a temporary organization to be run by the Center for Strategic Counter-terrorism Communication in the State Department. Officials said their mission is not only to show the human costs of terrorism but to positively influence those who are at risk of radicalization and recruitment by terrorist groups. (
  • Macfadden & Associates Inc. has landed a five-year, $10 million contract with the Coast Guard, Washington Technology reports. The firm will provide IT assistance to the Asset and Logistics Division of the Coast Guard’s Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Information Technology Service Centers. The contract is part of a broader C4IT Service Center objective to unify Coast Guard IT structure and business practices into a single mission support model for the entire Coast Guard. (Washington Technology)
  • After more than a year, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy plans to give agencies final guidance for what jobs are “inherently governmental.” OFPP has issued the final policy letter for those jobs in this morning’s Federal Register. It makes eight changes to how agencies previously treated inherently governmental and becomes effective Oct. 12. (Federal News Radio)
  • The nation needs better cyber intelligence, according to a report from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. The study found the U.S. must develop cyber intelligence that can do better at predicting computer-related threats and stopping them. It also reported that cyber attacks have beyond acceptable losses for both government and businesses. (Federal News Radio)
  • A new date and time have been set for the Martin Luther King Memorial dedication ceremony. Hurricane Irene forced organizers to postpone the dedication in August, days before 250,000 people were expected to attend. The memorial’s chief architect said the ceremony will now be dedicated on Oct. 16th on the National Mall. An official announcement is expected this week and President Obama is still expected to attend.(WTOP)