President Barack Obama has signed an executive orderauthorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The U.S. has already committed to sending up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.
Nearly 4,500 people have died from the Ebola outbreak, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The White House has said the troops will not be providing direct health care aid.
"... the report also turns a spotlight on a new tool that patients, staff and outside health experts agree is improving access to care and perhaps quality too: a secure messaging system between patients and military physicians...."
The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.
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FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, the Office of Special Counsel says the Army engaged in gender-identity discrimination, the Postal Service gets the go-ahead to test grocery delivery and a surveillance technology the Army uses in Afghanistan could soon provide an eye in the sky over the Mexican border.
Dan Mintz, president and executive director of Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center, and Jenny Mattingley, director of government affairs, Shaw, Bransford and Roth, counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose.
The federal agency at the head of the response to Ebola is suffering a crisis of confidence. Only 37 percent of the public is confident in the response by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CBS News poll that was conducted before the announcement of a case in New York City. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive Magazine. He outlined recent missteps by the CDC in a recent article. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Shoop said that the agency needs to create a culture of accountability.
The results of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey show fewer than half of federal employees think their senior leaders maintain high levels of honesty and integrity. It's just one of the pieces of bad news in the new survey results that were released Oct. 24. Kathryn Medina of APCO Worldwide is former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at the Office of Personnel Management. She told Francis Rose on In Depth that the only surprise is that the bad news isn't worse.
The Energy Department developed a new tool to ensure outdated software
doesn't remain on its network to create cyber vulnerabilities. Rick Lauderdale,
Energy's chief architect, said business and mission leaders receive a dashboard view of potential problems.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally-funded research and development centers, has been awarded a contract to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes, as required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).
This partnership grew out of a successful pilot program that began in Florida to provide flu vaccines to Veterans throughout the state. Based on those results, VA is expanding the pilot nationwide.
Through its nearly 8,200 locations nationwide, Walgreens will offer flu and other recommended vaccinations to veterans. Pharmacists can administer vaccinations to veterans and will leverage eHealth Exchange, through its Walgreens Cloud Electronic Health Records platform, to securely share immunization records with VA to help ensure complete patient medical records.
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Children who read well can find information, follow written instructions, solve mathematical word problems and entertain themselves with a story. Here are some ideas on how to make reading more fun for both of you.
From sharing fears and feelings to facing the challenges of military life, good communication is key to staying close and growing together. If you think you and your partner could use some help in that area, read on for tips on how - and how often - to speak to one another, how to help your partner open up and more.
These ladies are my family, as well. I cannot leave out my Countdown Crew Sistas when posting pics of family...wish I had room for all my Army family sisters! They are a big part of what holds our families together during deployment.
Ongoing research is investigating the long-term efficacy and safety of the anesthetic drug ketamine, which studies have shown can rapidly lift depressive symptoms; Dr. Insel talks about the status of ketamine in his blog.
The report card, at opa.ca.gov, rates the doctors’ groups and the health plans – including HMOs and PPOs – on the care patients receive in a number of medical areas, including asthma and lung disease, mental health, screening for cancer, heart care, diabetes and maternity.
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