4 #SOTUgov must reads – Plus 7 stories that matter to gov

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  • In the past year, feds have been furloughed, sequestered and had their pay frozen, and yet when the shutdown shuttered government offices for much of the month of October, most feds, caught in partisan politics, just wanted to return to work. It is that single minded determination that is often overlooked by the media and the public at large. Last night's State of the Union was no exception. We talk about what was missing. 

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But up front: The State of the Union reader

Despite Steve Ressler’s hope that there might be some mention of IT procurement changes, there was little in Tuesday’s State of the Union for feds. Certainly none of my recommendations made the speech

The SEVEN stories that impact your life 

  1. Politico: GOP Ready to Yield on Debt Ceiling: “The most senior figures in the House Republican Conference are privately acknowledging that they will almost certainly have to pass what’s called a clean debt ceiling increase in the next few months, abandoning the central fight that has defined their three-year majority.”  
  2. FCW: FedRAMP: Keeping up with changing cloud security standards. “Just as agencies and vendors are starting to get the knack of complying with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the General Services Administration is preparing to revise FedRAMP's baseline standards.”
  3. Federal Times: OPM seeks to improve government morale. “Joseph Kennedy, the associate director at OPM, said in a Jan. 24 memo that pay freezes, budget cuts and sequestration had contributed to falling morale, but that OPM can work with agencies to help improve employee satisfaction.”
  4. Federal News Radio: Latest Postal Reform. “The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee debated an updated version of postal reform legislation Wednesday that would allow the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to restructure its health benefits program.”
  5. Government Executive: Don't Be Fooled: Military Benefits Are on the Chopping Block. “Score one for the veterans groups who demanded Congress go back on its plan to cut $6 billion out of military pensions.”
  6. NextGov: BORDER DRONE DROPS FROM THE SKY AS IMMIGRATION TAKES CENTER STAGE. “While President Obama was preparing Tuesday to call for an overhaul of the immigration system a border surveillance drone went down off the California coast. The incident comes at a time when Customs and Border Protection officials are striving to improve operations and maintenance of domestic remotely-piloted aircraft.”.
  7. Washington Post: GSA Head of Public Buildings Service Steps Down: “Dorothy Robyn, head of the General Services Administration’s public-buildings division, will leave her post after 16 months on the job, which included leading the search for a new FBI headquarters and securing a deal with Donald Trump for a luxury hotel at the Old Post Office Pavillion.”

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The Washington Post: History through the president’s State of the Union words

Since 1900, there have been 116 State of the Union addresses, given by 20 presidents, with some presidents giving two addresses a year. Studying their choice of words, over time, provides glimpses of change in American politics—“communism” fades, “terrorism” increases—and evidence that some things never change (“America” comes up steadily, of course. As does “I.”). Wayne Fields, a professor of English and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and Mark Liberman, a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania, offered their analysis of the meaning behind the words the presidents used.

The State of the Twitter Union

The most tweeted moments of the State of the Union address, according to Twitter: 

1. Mad Men
2. Min Wage
3. Healthcare
4. Climate Change
5. @SpeakerBoehner "barkeeper"

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