Today is back to work day for most employees at the Washington Navy Yard. Most of the base reopened this morning, with the exception of the headquarters of Naval Sea Systems Command, the site of Monday’s mass shooting. Vice Adm. Bill French is the commander of Navy Installations Command. That command oversees Navy bases around the world. He talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu about the yard’s current status, and what the service is doing to help its employees cope.
Three separate looks at base security are under way at the Defense Department. But answers will take a while to come. Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin says the answers look easy, but they’re bound to be more complicated than they look.
John Price Deputy Director Office for Interoperability and Compatibility Department of Homeland Security
A big breakthrough in disaster response is coming from an unlikely partnership in government. The Homeland Security Department and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are close to release of technology called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response, or FINDER. John Price is Deputy Director Office for Interoperability and Compatibility in the First Responders Group at the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He says FINDER is an example of a Federal government partnership.
Agency inspectors general aren’t immune from budget, personnel and technology challenges. But new research finds IGs are innovating during tight budget times. David Zavada is a partner with Kearney & Company. He directed the survey on behalf of the Association of Government Accountants.
Pravina Ragavan Director, Office of Investments and Innovation Small Business Administration
On Industry Chatter, Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes, sheds light on a David and Goliath story that’s taking place right now in the federal telecom space. Hughes is David and a group of telecom carriers serving the federal marketplace is Goliath.