Obama, congressional leaders set meeting for Friday | Federal Reserve chair asks Congress to prevent sequestration | The private sector's role in federal cybersecurity
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February 27, 2013
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Obama, congressional leaders set meeting for Friday
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will huddle Friday to discuss ways to address the automatic budget cuts required under the sequestration process. The cuts are scheduled to go into effect the same day and will require across-the-board spending reductions in discretionary programs and the Department of Defense. NBC News/First Read blog (2/27), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/27)
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The private sector's role in federal cybersecurity
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The private sector plays a key role in helping the federal government develop best practices for cybersecurity. Kshemendra Paul, head of the government's Information Sharing Environment, discussed at Esri's FedGIS conference how the geospatial community is helping tackle "a tsunami of data" that must be collected, shared and protected. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/26)
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More and more Americans are cheating the tax man
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Face the Facts USA
The Internal Revenue Service is facing budget cuts under the sequestration at a time when more and more taxpayers are failing to pay what's due. Face the Facts USA reports as much as $400 billion in taxes owed are going unpaid. Face the Facts USA (2/27)
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The world is not enough
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Billionaire and space tourist Dennis Tito is planning a manned mission to Mars in 2018. Tito, 72, won't be going himself, but sending two astronauts to do a quick spin around the planet before returning to Earth 501 days later. In 2001, Tito made headlines by paying the Russian government a reported $20 million for a trip to the International Space Station. NBC News/Cosmic Log blog (2/27)
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