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Risk-based security enables proactive threat management at TSA, says former administrator

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks with the mission to protect the nation’s transportation systems. It faced many challenges, including new technology and workforce. John Pistole, former TSA administrator, former FBI deputy director and now president of Anderson University, said TSA moved away from a one-size-fits-all approach […]


Former department CIO recommends agencies use purpose-built solutions for vaccination status tracking

Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have about a week to get vaccinated before disciplinary actions begin. The VA issued its own vaccine mandate months in advance of the federal requirement. The Nov. 22 deadline for federal employees to be fully vaccinated is fast approaching. Jonathan Alboum, former chief information officer of the […]


Agency’s work to stop imports made with forced labor is having a global impact

Forced labor is considered modern-day slavery and affects about 25 million people around the globe. One team at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to stop goods made in those conditions from entering the American market. Ana Hinojosa, executive director of the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate at CBP, and Eric Choy, deputy executive […]


Declining defense purchasing power puts United States at disadvantage, says former Defense Department official

The Pentagon gets $700 billion per year to spend across all Defense Department (DoD) programs. But the DoD’s purchasing power within that budget is declining, according to Bill Greenwalt, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former deputy under secretary of defense for industrial policy. Greenwalt said the reduction in purchasing power is problematic […]


Defense Department should take holistic approach to reducing military personnel costs, says defense budget analyst

The size of the United States military has declined more than 60% since the Korean War, but the cost of military personnel has doubled. Can the Defense Department afford a military force big enough to address current and future threats? Seamus Daniels, associate director and associate fellow for Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for […]


United States must prepare for three categories of biosecurity threats, says biodefense leader

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense urges policymakers to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic and address critical gaps in the nation’s biodefense. That needs to happen before we face the next infectious disease pandemic or biological attack. Asha George, executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, said biosecurity risks consist of naturally occurring disease, organisms […]


Follow the data and tie funding to outcomes, former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan advises policymakers

The Urban Institute projects a record drop in poverty levels by the end of this calendar year. Modernizing how the government manages and uses data can inform better policy making and improve the lives of Americans. Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced […]

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