Furloughed defense employee wins lottery

August 12, 2013

A few items that caught our attention on Monday:

(Eric Gay/AP)
(Eric Gay/AP)

Furloughed fed wins lottery: A secretary at the Pensacola Naval Air Station last week found relief from the furloughs hitting civilian employees when she and her husband, a Marine Corps staff sergeant, won $1 million in a Powerball lottery. More details available in an Army Times article.

Moderate Republicans pushing back against deeper cuts: Centrist Republicans have served notice that they oppose further spending cuts, largely supported by lawmakers with a tea party bent, that would affect politically popular programs such as community development grants, education funding and even Amtrak, according to an Associated Press article.

Speaking of a divide within the GOP: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has alienated himself from some other Republicans by advocating for a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t agree to defund Obamacare, according to a Government Executive article.

The Face of Furloughs: Frances Smith, an administrative assistant at the Defense Department’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs, is having a hard time paying her bills after civilian defense furloughs left her with a smaller paycheck, according to an article in Federal New Radio’s Face of Furloughs series.

Military’s proposed sexual-assault reforms fall short: That’s the opinion of many victims and their advocacy organizations, who insist that the changes under discussion are nowhere near adequate to deal with issues of injustice surrounding sexual assaults in the military, according to a Government Executive article.

Obama signs law to make airport screenings easier on vets: The president signed a bill on Friday that requires the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs to work with the Transportation Security Administration to ease airport screening for wounded and disabled veterans, according to an Associated Press article.

Three Janes for ambassadorship in Paris: Three Janes, with the last names Stetson, Hartley and Harmon, are all considered top prospects for the president’s next pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to France, according to an article from In the Loop columnist Al Kamen.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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