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Bringing new technology to the DHS

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to smaller entrepreneurs and emerging tech industries to improve the work and services of the federal government. Melissa Oh, managing director of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program at the DHS, explained that the program is located in Silicon Valley to be near entrepreneurs and innovators. The program aims […]


Protecting the US from terrorist attacks

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Counterterrorism Center was created to identify and stop terror threats to the U.S. Christine Abizaid, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said that currently, terrorism is not the driving force of national security in the U.S. Abizaid credits the success of the mission to kill […]


Government Matters – Role of National Counterterrorism Center, Innovation in the DHS – December 4, 2022

Christine Abizaid on combatting terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Melissa Oh on innovation in the DHS


Protecting the environment keeps Americans safe

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development is developing solutions and creating a better understanding of how the environment impacts public health. Chris Frey, assistant administrator for research and development at the EPA, explained that old service lines are exposing people to lead via their drinking water. The agency is working on […]


Who’s vulnerable to human trafficking?

Every year millions of people are trafficked worldwide, including within the United States. The State Department has an office dedicated to saving potential victims. Kari Johnstone, acting director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, explained that anyone could be a potential victim of human trafficking, but people living in underserved communities […]


Government Matters – Fighting human trafficking, Protecting the environment and people – December 1, 2022

Kari Johnstone with the State Department on combatting human trafficking and Chris Frey with the EPA on protecting humans and the environment


Vets must ‘create their own career path’ in the federal government

The Interagency Veterans Advisory Council supports the roughly half a million vets employed in the federal government. The biggest challenge for veterans trying to work in the federal government is “getting their foot in the door,” Lloyd Calderon, chair of the Interagency Veterans Advisory Council, said. The 2022 report from the Interagency Veterans Advisory Council […]

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