Analyst Insights

Navy mulls sailorless future with robot ships doing dirty work

Unmanned ships that cost a fraction of manned vessels, can undertake dangerous duties in heavy seas, and never need to make ports of call to relieve homesick crews are being tested by the U.S. Navy.

Republicans begrudgingly wait on Shuster, want FAA extension

House and Senate Republican leaders are waiting—some begrudgingly—on House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) to advance a bill to reauthorize or extend FAA authorization, which expires Sept. 30.

Navy one step closer to adding tool to stop ship-killer missiles

The U.S. Navy’s Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system has passed its preliminary design review stage, taking another step closer to full-scale development of a new tool to protect the Navy’s ships from anti-ship missile attacks, prime vendor Lockheed Martin Co. announced Sept. 5.

The Astroturf is greener on the other side of air traffic debate

A former air traffic control professional, who was publicly critical as recently as late June of the administration’s efforts to privatize air traffic control operation, has emerged as a founder of a “grassroots” organization promoting legislation to spin off air traffic from the government.

U.S. seeks partners to help Internet users evade foreign censors

The Office of Internet Freedom (OIF), part the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, is looking for vendors that have systems and software to counter internet censorship by foreign governments, according to a notice published Sept. 6.

Spring 2018 likely for next debt vote but election season possible

Lawmakers are reticent to be seen as supporting increased debt, and a fall campaign season vote—especially in a year when both parties see control of the House as up for grabs—could make approval even more difficult than usual.

The deficit: A tax problem, not a spending problem?

Compared to five years ago, the deficit’s up because tax receipts have shrank much faster than spending has fallen.

New clients generate a fifth of lobby firm revenue: BGOV OnPoint

Finding new clients should be a priority for lobbying firms as about a fifth of lobbying revenue originated from recent registrations.

Spending deal may prompt fights on Confederate symbols, DACA

Proposals on Confederate symbols, sanctuary cities, medical marijuana laws, and the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy are among the 908 amendments being offered to the House’s fiscal 2018 spending package.

Insurers still want in on private flood market despite Harvey

Private insurers still want to dive into the flood insurance market despite the ongoing historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.