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Mauna Loa continues to erupt

There are 161 potentially active volcanos across the country. The latest to erupt is Mauna Loa on Hawaii’s Big Island. Many of the volcanos in the U.S. are on the West Coast in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Yellowstone National Park, Andria Ellis, geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, explained. One […]

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Is the US ‘overhyping’ Chinese threat?

The Pentagon just released its annual report on Chinese military power and the threat it poses to the U.S. Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research at the Brookings Institution said China is a threat to the U.S., but he does not know that China is trying to overturn the world order the way […]

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Creating a better customer experience in the federal government

About a year ago, the president issued an executive order calling on agencies to make changes to improve the customer experience for citizens. The Partnership for Public Service spoke to customer experience leaders across the federal government to find out what’s working and what needs to be improved. Read the report here. The executive order […]

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‘Russia has grossly miscalculated and mismanaged this war,’ Ambassador Kristjan Prikk says

The relatively small country of Estonia, with a population of 1.3 million people, has provided nearly $300 million in aid to Ukraine. They have also taken in over 60,000 refugees. Estonia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Kristjan Prikk stated roughly 2.85 percent of the country’s GDP is spent on defense. Estonia has taken in over 60,000 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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