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Economist on reducing reliance on Russian energy and helping the environment

The West is focused on reducing dependence on Russian oil and gas for obvious geopolitical reasons, but this also creates an opportunity to go greener and reduce carbon emissions, according to Jeffrey Frankel, professor at Harvard’s Belfer Center and former member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. Frankel said he recommends ending fossil […]


Problems with FDA food program led to dangerous safety issues, says former USDA official

Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that advocates for truth, transparency and fairness in the marketplace, is looking at improving food safety and nutrition oversight at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Brian Ronholm, director of food policy at Consumer Reports and former deputy under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said […]


USAID prioritizing diversity and inclusion with new leadership position and strategy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supports American foreign policy by providing assistance to areas of the world that are most in need. The agency recently created a chief diversity officer position to improve diversity, equity and inclusion internally and externally. The new chief diversity officer is Neneh Diallo, who told Government Matters […]


USAID waiting for Congress to fund next part of international Covid vaccine delivery effort

The United States has just sent half a billion free Covid-19 vaccines around the world, with more on the way. Over 110 countries in every region of the globe have received American vaccines. Jeremy Konyndyk, executive director of the COVID-19 Task Force at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said the U.S. government […]


NASA ‘will go to the moon differently’ with Artemis, says Johnson Space Center director

This year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) enters a new era of space exploration, with plans to launch the first phase of the Artemis program by June 2022 for an uncrewed test run to the moon. The missions will pave the way for sending humans back to the moon by 2024, including the […]


‘Extraordinarily historic’ grant funding to help with port capacity and supply chain

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced nearly $450 million in new grant funding, which will help ports expand capacity and improve the movement of goods through the supply chain. Lucinda Lessley, acting administrator of the Maritime Administration at DOT, said this “extraordinarily historic investment” will fund competitive grants available to ports and help strengthen […]


Infrastructure at root of supply chain problems, says Federal Maritime Commission leader

Port congestion and supply chain issues have impacted everyone. The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) was established to regulate the international ocean transportation system. Max Vekich is the new commissioner for the FMC, among five the president appoints to lead the independent federal agency. Vekich said the primary reason for the supply chain bottlenecks is deferred […]

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