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Andy Gravatt and Russ Mattern — Professors at National Defense University’s iCollege
At the heart of solid federal acquisition lies a well-trained workforce. Federal buying rules make procurement a profession unto itself. But even professionals need ongoing career training. One place they go is the National Defense University. As part of our series, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer, we’re pleased to have in studio two instructors from NDU. Professors Andy Gravatt and Russ Mattern work at NDU’s iCollege.
Heidi King — Director of the Patient Safety Solutions for Tricare Management, Defense Department
Heidi King has saved thousands of lives, says her boss at DoD. But she isn’t a doctor or a police officer or a firefighter. King, along with Dr. James Battles at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has revolutionized the way the medical personnel behave in hospitals. Together they started TeamSTEPPS, a program that seeks to end medical errors like prescription mistakes, hospital-inquired infections and surgical missteps. And now both of them are finalists for the Service to America Medals or Sammies.
Dr. Kevin M. Crofton — Acting Deputy Director, National Center for Computational Toxicology, Environmental Protection Agency
Traditional chemical toxicity testing is expensive, time-consuming and carried out using a significant number of animals as test subjects. EPA is researching new, more efficient, ways to manage the safety of chemicals, particularly in assessing the potential risk to human health and the environment. The National Center for Computational Toxicology — or CompTox — conducts innovative research that integrates advances in molecular biology, chemistry and computer science to rank chemicals based on risk more effectively and efficiently.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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.