Conflict of Interest

Regulator with ties to government union to weigh in on labor case involving that union

A regulator whose former law firm represented the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has refused to recuse himself from a case involving the public sector union.

NASA Employee Given the Runaround by Own Union

Attempt to decertify union runs into bureaucratic roadblock
NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis / AP

A public sector union used dirty stalling tactics to thwart a secret ballot election that threatened its control of a Virginia NASA facility, according to legal briefs filed with a national labor arbiter.

Report: 4 in 10 Government Security Breaches Go Undetected

DHS, DOJ, DOD, EPA, NASA, Energy, State routinely hacked
DHS cyber security analysts / AP

A new report by Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) details widespread cybersecurity breaches in the federal government, despite billions in spending to secure the nation’s most sensitive information.

The report, released on Tuesday, found that approximately 40 percent of breaches go undetected, and highlighted “serious vulnerabilities in the government’s efforts to protect its own civilian computers and networks.”

FBI Arrests Chinese National

Rep. Wolf: Contractor was taking sensitive documents back to China

A Chinese national suspected of taking sensitive NASA documents to China was arraigned in federal court Monday after being captured by the FBI over the weekend as he tried to board a one-way flight bound for China, according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.).

Obama Ruins Kid’s Day

Ex-astronaut's advice to child: 'Study Russian'

The Discovery shuttle flew for the last time Tuesday, beginning in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on the back of a 747, looping around the monuments in Washington D.C., and landing in Virginia, where it will ultimately be transferred to the Udvar-Hazy annex of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.