Month: February 2015

Top 5 Homeland Security Contractors Spend $107M Lobbying, Receive $9B in Contracts

Feb. 27, 2015 — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill today are considering a $40 billion spending bill that would continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If passage of this bill fails, the DHS is scheduled to partially shut down at midnight on Feb. 28, 2015. The Senate has already voted 68-31 in favor of the bill, referring it to the House of Representatives for a vote. A Republican counterproposal to fund the department for only three weeks has failed to receive the votes necessary for it to pass, failing with a vote of 203-224. MapLight looked into the contracts awarded by the DHS to the top 5 contractors and these contractors’ political spending. These companies were chosen because they were the top recipients of DHS contracts between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014 according to USA Spending. The top 5 DHS contractors, between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014, spent $107.6 million on lobbying Congress and federal agencies and contributed $7.4 million to all congressional candidates (incumbents and new candidates) from their political action committees (PAC). During that time period, these five contractors received $8.9 billion in federal contracts from the DHS. Chart? Click here. To view more detailed lobbying information please click here to access MapLight’s lobbying database. Top Recipients of Contributions from the PACs of Top 5 DHS Contractors (as defined above)  Member...

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NASA Sets Coverage for Launch of Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is set to lift off at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 12 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. There is a 30-minute window for the launch. Read more here:: NASA Sets Coverage for Launch of Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Bookmark It Hide...

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Solarium 2015: Developing agile, adaptive leaders

“Five, 10, 15, 20 years from now, you’ll be executing our future strategy to meet complex problems we have around the world,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told 84 captains from throughout the Army. As the Army prepares to execute its strategy: “The U.S. Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World,” the chief said he wanted to get “those unique perspectives captains bring,” as they will be implementing this strategy in the future. Read more here:: Solarium 2015: Developing agile, adaptive leaders Bookmark It Hide...

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