Veterans who serve our country get help from government agencies and non-government organizations. The number of groups that help family members of military people and vets is a bit smaller. One of them is the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. They’re preparing for a ceremony tonight where they’ll award this year’s scholarships. Margaret Davis, foundation president and CEO, says the organization has been helping young people for a long time.
The Defense Department has programs in place to educate military members about financial problems. But some of the biggest financial problems troops have come from the Pentagon’s own pay system. Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief at Government Executive, has been writing about the the Defense Financing and Accounting Service.
Sascha Meinrath Director, Open Technology Institute New America Foundation
The Pentagon is investing big money in unmanned aircraft — drones. Understanding the potential of drones may mean going beyond military applications. Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, talks about the institute’s new Drone-U podcast.
Russia and China are two of the biggest cyber actors in the world. Figuring out what their next moves could be would be a huge help for the federal government as it tries to combat threats. Jeffrey Carr is CEO of Taia Global and author of “Inside Cyber Warfare.”
Jessica Zuckerman Policy Analyst on the Western Hemisphere Heritage Foundation
A third of the top leadership positions are vacant at the Department of Homeland Security now that Secretary Janet Napolitano has decided to step down. The agency’s power vacuum could have lasting and dramatic impact on its mission.
The nominee to be the next director of the Office of Personnel Management faced tough questions today about her experience in managing large health-care programs at her confirmation hearing today. Katherine Archuleta survived the mostly hospitable questioning from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, however, and remains on track to be approved by the committee. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins In Depth details on the nomination hearing and Archuleta’s priorities if she’s confirmed as OPM director.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.