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Month: February 2022

Government Matters (Full Show) – February 27, 2022

FEMA administrator on Covid-19 and natural disaster response

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FEMA administrator on Covid-19 and natural disaster response

Most people think of hurricanes and tornadoes when they think of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but the agency has also been responding to another emergency: Covid-19. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell discussed all facets of her organization’s mission on Government Matters. Criswell explained that FEMA manages not just natural disasters, but also pandemics and […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – February 24, 2022

Updates on the James Webb Space Telescope; coordinating oversight of large government expenditure programs; challenges of creating a carbon-free electric grid

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope could provide clarity on Big Bang

The James Webb Space Telescope launched on Dec. 25 after nearly three decades of development. The roughly $10 billion telescope sent back its first images just a few days ago. Dr. Christyl Johnson, deputy director for technology and research investments at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said the James Webb Space Telescope, essentially the […]

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“Make the PRAC permanent,” advises former inspector general

The federal government has spent over $3.5 trillion in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to date, according to USAspending.gov. Some waste, fraud and abuse is inevitable in all large government expenditure programs. Lessons learned from the pandemic spending can be used to deter waste, fraud and abuse in future programs like the infrastructure law to […]

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Biden’s clean electricity goal tough but doable, says research fellow

The Biden administration has a national goal of reaching completely carbon-free electricity by 2035. Achieving that goal will involve transitioning power production, upgrading thousands of miles of transmission and more. Jonathan Moch, postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, said this goal is tough but still doable if the country starts now […]

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Government Matters (Full Show) – February 22, 2022

Report details challenges of Afghanistan withdrawal; responding to China’s economic coercion; delivering space-based solar power to the warfighter

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US government coordination in Afghanistan evacuation was “a lot more strained” than it seemed

After the fatal suicide bombing at the Kabul airport last summer, the Army conducted an investigation. That 2,000-page report was released to the Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request. It provides a detailed account of the evacuation and the effort to secure the airport as thousands tried to escape the Taliban. Dan […]

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