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Month: August 2022

Government Matters – Peace Corps resumes operations, Permitting Council’s budget increase, War in Ukraine updates – August 28, 2022

Peace Corps volunteers return to service; Permitting Council’s $350 million budget increase; war in Ukraine surpasses the six-month mark


National Park Service studying and responding to climate change effects

Parts of Yellowstone National Park are still closed after historic flooding, and in Yosemite, trees thousands of years old were spared after a massive fire. The National Park Service (NPS) has a climate change response strategy that focuses on understanding, adapting, mitigating and communicating, explained Ray Sauvajot, associate director for natural resource stewardship and science […]


New Africa strategy ‘a big departure’ from previous documents, says expert

During a trip to sub-Saharan Africa in early August, Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled a new strategy for engaging African states as partners. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, senior fellow and director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the strategy’s focus on African agency is a “big departure” from […]


NOAA can help US military improve Arctic presence, says strategy professor

In early August, Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced the Arctic Commitment Act, which calls for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard to look into increasing their presence in the region. In a recent op-ed, Ryan Burke, professor of military and strategic studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy, suggested the military get help from the National […]


Government Matters – National parks and climate change, Arctic Commitment Act, New Africa strategy – August 25, 2022

Cost of climate change for national parks; challenges of the Arctic Commitment Act; new strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa


Young federal employees leaving at higher rates than older counterparts, report finds

A recent report from the Partnership for Public Service found that federal employees under age 30 are quitting at a higher rate than their older counterparts. The 8.5% attrition rate of young federal employees is not a cause for alarm, said Oma Seddiq, politics reporter for Insider, but is significantly higher than the rate for […]


DoD office works to transform scientific breakthroughs into military tech

The Pentagon is focused on developing the technology of the future and getting it into the hands of the warfighter. Barbara McQuiston, deputy chief technology officer for science and technology at the Defense Department (DoD), discussed these efforts on Government Matters. McQuiston said her office looks at early-stage research and works to turn scientific discoveries […]


Government Matters – DoD’s focus on emerging tech, Young federal employee attrition rate – August 23, 2022

Defense Department focus on emerging technology; young federal employees leaving at higher rates

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