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Wednesday: Budget, privacy and leadership reading

News, analysis and updates from around the web.

U.S. Capitol

If it ain’t broke... "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is seeking input on a bill that would impose a two-year ban on new laws or regulations that affect the Internet," The Hill reports.

Senate takes up privacy legislation. On Thursday, O’Reilly Radar reports, "the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the landmark 1986 legislation that governs the protections citizens have when they communicate using the Internet or cellphones."

Budget planning in limbo. Not much is happening at the Pentagon to prepare for possible sequestration, Foreign Policy reports, as budget planners lack the information and OMB guidance to move forward: "[A]fter a year's worth of doomsday warnings about the “catastrophic” effects of a budget stalemate on the military, even in this eleventh hour the Pentagon’s top budget teams are left waiting and wondering."

As if the fiscal cliff weren’t enough... "A report released Tuesday warned that the federal government is likely to hit a ceiling on issuing new debt come late December and could begin defaulting on obligations by mid-February," McClatchy Newspapers report.

Leadership Bookshelf. For federal leaders, the Washington Post suggests the top books in 2012 on leadership and management.

Planning for snow days. In the case of inclement weather, the Office of Personnel Management has revised its language to encourage teleworking, Gov Exec reports.

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