January 28, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will order companies that do business with the federal government to pay their workers a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour as part of his effort to advance his agenda without cooperation from Congress. The president will announce plans to sign the new executive order in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, according to a White House fact sheet. The order will apply to new contracts between the government and companies that supply it with goods and services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 |
Officials of the Metrolink commuter railroad on Friday hired a new company to provide a key component for the line's $211-million state-of-the-art collision avoidance system. The railroad's board of directors unanimously awarded a $6.8-million contract to Wabtec Corp. to install a computer system that will help dispatchers monitor operations on Metrolink's 500-mile network. The component is a critical part of the line's positive train control system, which the railroad is trying to finish by January 2015, almost a year ahead of a federal deadline for installing the technology nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 |
Southern California's Metrolink commuter rail agency plans to replace a key subcontractor Friday in an attempt to keep on schedule a $211-million, state-of-the-art collision avoidance system. The passenger railroad's board of directors is expected to approve a $6.8-million contract to Wabtec Corp. for an important component of the "Positive Train Control" system that will help dispatchers keep track of trains on Metrolink's 500-mile network. Officials said the current subcontractor, ARINC, failed to meet deadlines and agreed to the change.
January 11, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has dumped the information technology firm responsible for building the troubled HealthCare.gov website, replacing CGI Federal with Accenture, another multinational IT firm, the administration announced Saturday. CGI, which has drawn sustained criticism for its work on a centerpiece feature of the president's health law, was effectively demoted last fall, when administration officials turned to a subsidiary of insurance giant UnitedHealth to rescue HealthCare.gov from its disastrous Oct. 1 debut.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A classified Pentagon report concludes that leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have set back U.S. efforts against terrorism, cybercrime, human trafficking and weapons proliferation, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say. A damage assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency indicates most of the estimated 1.7 million classified documents that officials say Snowden copied from NSA computers involve...
December 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After news reports that the National Security Agency had secretly monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone calls, America's top intelligence official was asked why congressional oversight committees were kept in the dark. Shouldn't Congress have been briefed, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) asked James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, about a spying operation that would embarrass the U.S. government if exposed? "Well, sir, there are many things we do in intelligence that, if revealed, would have the potential for all kinds of blowback," Clapper replied at a House Intelligence Committee hearing in October.