Ensuring troops deployed overseas maintain a well-balanced life is a top priority for the Defense Department. It plans to extend its Morale, Welfare and Recreation services to more bases overseas, offering troops a way to unwind when they’re not on duty or fighting on the front line. With more about the MWR services in Afghanistan is DoD’s director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation policy, Ed Miles.
Michael Navarre Special Counsel Steptoe & Johnson LLP
A federal appeals court recently apologized for its decision to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit. It was brought by the husband of Army soldier January Ritchie. It accuses Army commanders of forcing Ritchie to do physical training while she was pregnant, despite her pleas and her doctors’ instructions. Ritchie went into premature labor. The baby died shortly after birth. In its opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals suggested it was time to rethink the law preventing service members from suing the government in these cases. In today’s Legal Loop, former Navy JAG Officer Michael Navarre discusses the Feres doctrine. He’s now special counsel to Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Peyton Robertson Chair of Sandy Assessment Team National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is funding new research into how people react to storm warnings. The announcement comes as we mark the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Or was it Hurricane Sandy? The wording changed several times throughout the event. Some say that led to confusion and perhaps kept victims in their homes for too long. Chair of NOAA’s Sandy assessment team, Peyton Robertson, has more.
Jennifer Sheehy Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Disability Employment Policy Labor Department
The partial shutdown forced agencies to cancel long-planned events. But in many instances, surrogates stepped in to complete the mission. October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. It’s usually the culmination of a year-long campaign at the Labor Department. Jennifer Sheehy is deputy assistant Labor secretary in the Office of Disability Employment Policy. She explains what happened this year.
Dr. David Murray Director, Office of Disease Prevention NIH
Cigarettes are a lot more expensive than they were a generation ago. But they are still the leading cause of preventable death and disease. It might not be much different a generation from now. The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health are sponsoring new tobacco-related research centers with a two-pronged goal: better regulations and a new crop of scientists trained to carry on the mission. Mitch Zeller is director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. David Murray (pictured) is director of NIH’s Office of Disease Prevention.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is working to streamline and consolidate how it buys and rolls out goods and services under existing acquisition rules. Jennifer Carter is the component acquisition executive at DISA. On this week’s Agency of the Month, she tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson why planning ahead is a better approach for rapid delivery of cutting edge capabilities.
Over the past year, the Air Force lost 35 contracting officers with a combined 700 years of federal experience. Instead of replacing them, the service is pooling its global resources under a new installation contracting agency. Air Force Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello is the director of contracting. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller caught up with her at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s fall conference. She talked about the contracting agency’s launch on Oct. 1.
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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.