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FEDERAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK | A former Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua and now desk officer for Morocco and Jordan at headquarters in Washington, D.C., Cicely Wolters has watched as the Internet and cellphones have transformed the experiences of volunteers worldwide. Wendy Davis works to help consumers see the light - all kinds of it. As head of the Vision Science Laboratory, she sees her mission not just in scientific applications but also in 'the primary purpose of lighting - to help people see the world around them.' The Dodd-Frank bill gave Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner broad new power, such as his upcoming decision on regulating foreign-exchange swaps. Internal oversight of Defense Logistics Agency activity falls short.
Thirteen activists arrested last fall for protesting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy are scheduled to appear in court Friday to face charges rarely pressed against groups demonstrating at or near federal property.
March Madness is in full swing on Capitol Hill. Not the basketball kind, but the budget version. The House and the Senate passed a bill that would fund the federal government through April 8 - just days after the real March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament, concludes. In the next three weeks,... With Japan reeling from a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, a veteran government watchdog warned Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency "is in a constant state of flux" and needs to do even more to coordinate with state and local officials. Seven in 10 Americans support permitting women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Thirteen activists arrested last fall for protesting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy are scheduled to appear in court Friday to face charges rarely pressed against groups protesting at or near federal property. Kevin Maher, who was removed from his State Department post for alleged comments he made about Okinawans, is now working 24 hours a day to coordinate U.S. assistance to Japan. Presence of campaign donors on expert panels raises question of whether they are called upon to testify based on their donations, watchdogs say. Dozens of nuclear energy experts have joined thousands of troops providing assistance to the Japanese government in the aftermath of last week's 9.0 earthquake.
Members receive much heftier retirement packages than most private-sector employees and state workers do. Ten Senate Republicans will object to any bill that does not significantly cut spending or reform the budget.

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