Federal Government

Taxpayer Tricks and Treats for Halloween 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 6:33pm

An estimated 220 million Americans would frightfully lose their private insurance plans under Medicare for All.

Key Points: 
  • An estimated 220 million Americans would frightfully lose their private insurance plans under Medicare for All.
  • The Green New Deal, which aims to overhaul nearly every sector of the economy, could cost a petrifying $93 trillion and destroy the economy.
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    The current national debt of $27 trillion is set to grow at an alarming record pace over the next decade.
  • This trend continued in FY 2020, when legislators added $2.1 billion to fund the acquisition of 22 JSFs beyond the amount requested by the Pentagon.

Arjuna Capital: Social Media Giants Are “Flying Blind” Without Independent Board Member With Civil/Human Rights Experience

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 6:15pm

The Alphabet resolution garnered 25% of nonmanagement support when it was voted on June 3rd.

Key Points: 
  • The Alphabet resolution garnered 25% of nonmanagement support when it was voted on June 3rd.
  • Both resolutions received sufficient support under SEC rules to be voted on for the second year.
  • None of these companies has a civil rights and/or human rights expert on their boards.
  • Though the three shareholder resolutions contain similar language, each is tailored to the specific social media company it addresses.

U.S. Department of Defense Awards $87.5 Million to EBRC-led BioMADE Establishing the Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:19pm

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to establish the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem, or BioMADE.

Key Points: 
  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to establish the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem, or BioMADE.
  • The Department of Defense is committed to promoting U.S. biotechnology innovation and securing Americas bioindustrial base.
  • BioMADE will marshal insights from manufacturers and innovators advancing bioindustrial manufacturing technologies while simultaneously enhancing the structure of this young but robust innovation ecosystem.
  • We are excited that the Department of Defense has selected BioMADE to establish the Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute, says Florian Schattenmann, CTO of Cargill.

ADAO Applauds the Release of “Warren Zevon’s Greatest Hits (According to Judd Apatow)” to Help Ban Asbestos Efforts

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 9:43pm

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, applauds the special release of Warren Zevons Greatest Hits (According to Judd Apatow) on October 24.

Key Points: 
  • The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure, applauds the special release of Warren Zevons Greatest Hits (According to Judd Apatow) on October 24.
  • The album, a collaborative effort between Judd Apatow and ADAO Spokesperson, Jordan Zevon, celebrates legendary musician Warren Zevon's catalog with a limited vinyl release exclusively for Record Store Day 2020 .
  • Warren Zevons honesty, wit, and storytelling has been a major inspiration in my work, Apatow wrote for the albums liner notes.
  • ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims' civil rights.

Citizens Against Government Waste Names Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz October 2020 Porker of the Month

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 7:54pm

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) our October 2020 Porker of the Month for trying to exhume scary, wasteful, and horrendous earmarks.

Key Points: 
  • Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) our October 2020 Porker of the Month for trying to exhume scary, wasteful, and horrendous earmarks.
  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz recently committed to bringing back earmarks, saying it needs to be done the right way.
  • For trying to resuscitate appalling and loathsome earmarks, Rep. Wasserman Schultz is an easy choice for Porker of the Month.
  • Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

Census Bureau Hosts News Briefing to Provide Updates on 2020 Census Operations

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:32pm

What: U.S. Census Bureau officials will hold an audio news conference to share updates on 2020 Census operations and next steps.

Key Points: 
  • What: U.S. Census Bureau officials will hold an audio news conference to share updates on 2020 Census operations and next steps.
  • Albert E. Fontenot, Jr. , Associate Director for Decennial Programs, U.S. Census Bureau
    Tim Olson , Associate Director for Field Operations, U.S. Census Bureau
    Call 1-888-989-9788, enter passcode 5161860 and follow the voice prompts.
  • Please contact the Census Bureaus Public Information Office at pio@census.gov or call 301-763-3030 to request an interview.
  • Access the Census Bureaus 2020 Census press kit in the Census Bureau Newsroom.

Yes on 21: Newsom Sides with Top Trump Donors; Turns Against Dems and 17M California Renters on Prop. 21

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:06pm

The governor has also been featured on the homepage of the No on Prop 21 website.

Key Points: 
  • The governor has also been featured on the homepage of the No on Prop 21 website.
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pressrelations Study: Trump Dominates Media Coverage, Especially Among Unreliable Media

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 2:08pm

According to a new pressrelations study on media credibility in the US election, even though President Trump falls well behind challenger Joe Biden in current polls, he dominates international media coverage.

Key Points: 
  • According to a new pressrelations study on media credibility in the US election, even though President Trump falls well behind challenger Joe Biden in current polls, he dominates international media coverage.
  • Unreliable media outlets in particular report positively on Trump.
  • The more trustworthy the outlet, the more neutral it reports on Biden, and the more negative its coverage of Trump.
  • To evaluate the trustworthiness of media sources, the study relies on NewsGuards scores as integrated into the media monitoring portal NewsRadar.

“2020 Financial Insights” Study: Most Believe the 2020 COVID-19 Economy is Worse than the 2008 Great Recession

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 2:30pm

However, history shows that the financial markets tend to perform well regardless of what political party is in office.

Key Points: 
  • However, history shows that the financial markets tend to perform well regardless of what political party is in office.
  • The Edelman Financial Engines "2020 Financial Insights" survey was completed online by OnePoll in between August 27 and September 1, 2020, among 2000 U.S. adults ranging from ages 40-65, with an annual household income of over $100,000.
  • Since 1986, Edelman Financial Engines has been committed to always acting in the best interest of our clients.
  • Edelman Financial Engines is a registered trademark of Edelman Financial Engines, LLC.

Federal Executives Expect the Significant Changes to Their Work Operations Due to COVID-19 to Continue Post-Pandemic, According to SAIC Survey

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 11:12am

Following the onset of the pandemic, federal agencies rapidly and successfully moved to virtual work environments.

Key Points: 
  • Following the onset of the pandemic, federal agencies rapidly and successfully moved to virtual work environments.
  • Consequently, an overwhelming majority of survey respondents (84%) reported they are more or just as productive since shifting to remote work, with 82% responding that they expect remote work to continue into the future.
  • Conducted by Market Connections , the survey polled 300 federal government respondents on their perceptions surrounding the challenges and requirements faced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • SAIC expressly disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statement provided in this release to reflect subsequent events, actual results or changes in SAICs expectations.