Federal City Digest

Federal City Digest

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not a Good On-Time Stat

Federal Aviation Administration workers are riled that the agency waited until late Monday to formally notify them that the FAA administrative computer was hacked last week, our colleague Joe Davidson reports. The names and Social Security numbers of more than 45,000 employees were in the 48 breached files. [Story, D6.]

'Crowdsourcing' the Details

Is the Obama administration trying to "crowdsource" government oversight of the next phase of the bank-bailout program (as techies call the process of throwing data to the public in hopes someone will dig into it)? "The American people will be able to see where their tax dollars are going," Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner promised yesterday, launching the Web site http://www.financialstability.gov to provide "a new framework of oversight."

Market Study

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for Capital Market Competitiveness is releasing a study today recommending 23 changes to how the Securities and Exchange Commission does business. It focuses on three areas -- staff no-action letters, exemptive orders and self-regulatory organization rule orders -- and suggests that the SEC realign operating divisions, establish a chief operating officer and form a new council to ensure more uniform regulation across its divisions.

He's the Web Guy

The White House has hired online operative Jesse Lee as its new online programs director, reports Greg Sargent, a blogger with Washington Post Co. partner WhoRunsGov.com. Lee is well respected in the blogosphere, having run a blog for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and done blog outreach for the Democratic National Committee during last year's presidential campaign. For more from Sargent, see http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com.


· Hot on the heels of last week's event at the MARC station in Laurel, Vice President Biden continues his tour of mid-Atlantic transportation structures with a visit to the Route 34 bridge over the Conodoguinet Creek in Carlisle, Pa., with Gov. Ed Rendell (D), above, in tow. The photo op at the decrepit span, described by the White House as "an example for thousands of bridges, in Pennsylvania and across the country, that are in need of improvement," will be followed by remarks at the state Capitol in Harrisburg on the need to invest in America's infrastructure.

Obama, not to be outdone, will visit the final leg of the Fairfax County Parkway in Northern Virginia with Gov. Tim Kaine, who is also chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Dr. Gridlock will be so pleased.

· Geithner spends a second day making and -- gulp -- unmaking markets on the Hill, this time testifying before the Senate Budget Committee's hearing on "Policies to Address the Crises in Financial and Housing Markets" at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Capitol, the House Financial Services Committee holds an oversight hearing on how financial institutions have spent funds received from the first tranche of the Troubled Assets Relief Program. Executives from Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs, among other institutions, are expected to appear.

· A day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement that the Bush administration's approach to energy exploration on the outer continental shelf will be set aside, the House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on "Offshore Drilling: Environmental and Commercial Perspectives" at 10 a.m. Actor Ted Danson, a member of Oceana's board of directors, and Philippe Cousteau of the Ocean Conservancy are scheduled to star. [Story, A3.]

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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