Defense contractors working in battle zones suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, just like many of the troops they support. A new study by the RAND corporation says one difference is how little help contractors have available. Political scientist Molly Dunigan and policy researcher Carrie Farmer are both from RAND.
James Fleming Division Chief for the Asia, Latin America and Europe Response Division in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID
12.2 million people were swamped by that gigantic typhoon that hit the Philippines last month. The UN is calling for nearly $1 billion in aid. The biggest donor is the United States. In fact, USAID is still on the ground there. James Fleming is division chief for the Asia, Latin America and Europe response division in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID.
It’s being called one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA. An unapproved spy mission, organized by CIA analysts apparently in secret, results in an American vanishing in Iran nearly seven years ago. With more on this bizarre story that spans almost a decade is WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green.
Jonathan Powers Federal Environmental Executive White House Council on Environmental Quality
President Obama says agencies are well on their way to meeting stringent energy savings goals based on his 2009 executive order. Now the administration is taking green government a step further. A new executive order says agencies have until 2020 to get a fifth of their energy from renewable source. Guiding the effort is Jonathan Powers, the federal environmental executive with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
The Homeland Security Department has a leadership vacuum. Nearly 40 percent of its political appointee positions either are vacant or filled by an acting official. This on-going management problem is causing Congressional overseers to ask if there are bigger challenges that need to be addressed. Federal News Radio’s executive editor, Jason Miller, has more on the missing leaders at DHS.
It’s now up to the Senate to pass its version of the defense authorization bill. The House passed its version last night with a vote of 350 to 69. Provisions include stripping military commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions, and dishonorable discharge for any person convicted of sexual assault. Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter, Jared Serbu, has an update.
The Air Force is cracking down on the ability of its IT program managers to build their own technology infrastructure every time they create a new system. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the service is implementing a service-oriented model for IT infrastructure that the entire Air Force will use.
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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.