Helium-3 is used at ports and border crossings to sniff out radiation and prevent smuggling of nuclear material into the U.S., but there is a severe shortage of the gas. The Government Accountability Office has reviewed how the Energy Department has been managing the helium-3 inventory, and whether there are alternatives. Joining us with the details of his report is Dr. Timothy Persons, a Chief Scientist at GAO.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.