Government increases scrutiny of Bitcoin

A few items that caught our attention on Tuesday:

(Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg) (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Government officials increase scrutiny of Bitcoin: A Senate committee is evaluating how federal regulators and law enforcement officials plan to oversee Bitcoin and other forms of virtual currency amid increased concerns about the emerging markets they have created, according to a Politico report.

Phone-y funds in furlough scam: A new phone scam tries to convince furloughed feds to provide bank account information to receive grants to help them deal with the financial burden of unpaid leave, according to a warning from The Federal Trade Commission.

Air Force Academy lands first female superintendent: The first woman to lead the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, started work on Monday, making her only the second female to head a service academy after Coast Guard Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz became superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in 2011. Johnson said her new role is proof that the nation is willing to give everyone a chance, according to an Associated Press profile.

Obama’s ‘misleading’ comment on whistleblower protections: The president gave the impression that one of his executive orders could have protected Edward Snowden against retaliation for disclosing sensitive information if he’d just used the proper channels, but that directive doesn’t apply to contractors, according to a Joe Davidson’s latest Federal Diary column.

Obama administration pressing forward on pre-K: The Obama administration is using Race to the Top funding and Affordable Care Act money to help states carry out their pre-K and early child-care plans as Congress balks on paying for the president’s early education initiative, according to a Politico report.

You are so ‘This Town’ if you _____: Fill in the blank to win swag with an In the Loop contest that plays on the title of Mark Leibovich’s “This Town,” a book about the Beltway culture. Submit entries through the In the Loop’s blog.

State Department promises Benghazi documents — again: The State Department affirmed on Monday that it will work to meet House Republicans’ demands for documents relating to the agency’s handling of the deadly September 2012 attack on the U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has requested e-mails concerning the Obama administration’s controversial “talking points” from the days after the attack, according to a Government Executive article.

A peak inside Health and Human Services: Find out how the agency’s support center manages the business of government with a Federal News Radio interview of Paul S. Bartley, HHS’s deputy assistant secretary for program support.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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