The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are funneling $107 million into new research on post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Officials hope it’s a solid investment in the future, when they know they’ll be treating at least a 250,000 troops and veterans with those conditions. Dr. Robert Jaeger is the director of deployment health research in the Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development. He says the research focuses on finding biomarkers that could hold the key to better treatment.
Capt. John Enfield Commanding Officer Fighter Squadron 101
The Navy is changing the way it fights in the air with its new F-35C. The controversial Lightning II joint strike fighter will have more speed, better sensor information and more durability. At least that’s what its proponents say. Capt. John Enfield is the Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 101. He joins us now with results of some new tests.
Loretta Preska Chief Judge U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Federal judges warn, budget cuts have slowed the judicial system, endangering public safety and forcing cuts that will have an impact long after sequestration ends. Chief judges at 87 federal courts describe the impact in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden. Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York spearheaded the effort.
Scott Gould didn’t wait long to find a new home after leaving his post as the deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs in May. He didn’t head to one of the beltway bandits. In the latest edition of his bi-weekly feature, Inside the Reporter’s Notebook, Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller tells Tom and Emily where Scott Gould landed.
Joseph Frankovic Writer and Editor Pausterity Project
It started with binder clips. Writer-Editor Joseph Frankovic looked around his office at the Federal Register and saw tens of thousands of them. He hatched a plan to put all those clips to use. It soon grew into what is now known around the office as the Pausterity Project. That’s a combination of the words “austerity” and “posterity.”
The William Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies says it was able to avert some of the huge productivity losses other parts of the Pentagon felt during the six week furloughs. This is because of a flexibile work plan it already had in place. The Perry Center is one of three hundred organizations who just won the Alfred P Sloan Award for workplace flexibility from the Society for Human Resources Management. Jeff Murphy is the Center’s management services chief. He tells Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about the workplace flexibility programs they’ve implemented.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 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.