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Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change. Elizabeth Kolbert covers climate change for the New Yorker. She's the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. And she recently wrote a paragraph I can't stop thinking about. "The problem with global warming—and the reason it continues to resist illustration, even as the streets flood and the forests die and the mussels rot on the shores—is that experience is an inadequate guide to what’s going on. The climate operates on a time delay. When carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, it takes decades—in a technical sense, millennia—for the earth to equilibrate. This summer’s fish kill was a product of warming that had become inevitable twenty or thirty years ago, and the warming that’s being locked in today won’t be fully felt until today’s toddlers reach middle age. In effect, we are living in the climate of the past, but already we’ve determined the climate’s future."Kolbert lives, to an unusual degree, in the planet's future. She travels to the places around the world where the climate of tomorrow is visible today. She has watched glaciers melting, and seen species dying. And she is able to convey both the science and the cost with a rare lucidity. Talking with Kolbert left me with an unnerving thought. We look back on past eras in human history and judge them morally failed. We think of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mongol hordes and believe ourselves civilized, rational, moral in a way our ancestors weren't. But if the science is right, and we do unto our descendants what the data says we are doing to them, we will be judged monsters. And it will be all the worse because we knew what we were doing and we knew how to stop, but we decided it was easier to disbelieve the science or ignore the consequences. Kolbert and I talk about the consequences, but also about what would be necessary to stabilize the climate and back off the mass extinction event that is currently underway. We discuss geoengineering, political will, the environmental cost of meat, and what individuals can and can't do. We talk about Trump's cabinet, about whether technological innovation will save us, and if pricing carbon is enough. We talk about whether hope remains a realistic emotion when it comes to our environmental future.Books:-Edward Abbe’s “Desert Solitaire”-Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”-David G. Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen”-Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature”
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Episode 51: Money Tree. When Axton Betz-Hamilton was 11 years old, her parents' identities were stolen. At that time, in the early 90s, consumer protection services for identity theft victims were basically non-existent. So the family dealt with the consequences as best they could. But then when Axton got to college, she realized that her identity had been stolen as well. Her credit score was in the lowest 2%. As she was working to restore her credit, she inadvertently discovered who had stolen the family's identity. It would change everything forever. View the photograph Axton describes here. If you live in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, or Toronto. . . come see us tell all new stories live! Learn more at http://thisiscriminal.com/live/. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
Case 60: Jonestown (Part 3). [Part 3 of 3] You may think you know the story, but do you… This is the chilling conclusion to Jonestown. Researched and written by Milly Raso For all credits and sources please visit casefilepodcast.com/case-60-jonestown-part-3
Rank #1: New report highlights Air Force mistakes in mass shooter's background check. In today's Federal Newscast, the Defense Department's Inspector General says the Air Force missed certain steps that could have prevented last year's mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Rank #2: VA appoints new permanent director for DC medical center. In today’s Federal Newscast, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie appoints a new permanent director for the DC medical center.
Rank #1: Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way to Improve Schools. A recent RAND report found that implementing "principal pipelines"—a strategic approach to the hiring, preparation, evaluation, and support of school leaders—can improve schools. In this congressional briefing, Susan Gates discusses the feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability of principal pipelines.
Rank #2: How Do We Prevent the Next Homegrown Terrorist?. Brian Jackson provides an overview of an May 3rd congressional briefing. He discusses terrorism prevention strategies for the federal government, the nature of the homeland terrorist threat, past and current terrorism prevention policies, and gives recommendations for policymakers.
Rank #1: 092 What is FAR Part 12. If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) FAR Part 12 “Acquisition of Commercial Items” allows the Government to acquire commercial items using commercial procedures, or at least the Government’s version of commercial procedures. Kevin and Paul discuss the genesis of FAR Part 12 and share their experience acquiring everything from simple off-the-shelf goods to aircraft using FAR Part 12. You’ll learn what types of goods and services can be bought (and sold) using the acquisition policies contained in FAR Part 12. Learn how the Government’s policies and procedures are similar to the commercial marketplace and how they differ. FAR Part 12 can make the acquisition process faster and easier for both sides. Learn how the Government can reduce ‘paperwork” and entice new entrants to the Government market and how Industry can benefit from the use of FAR Part 12’s unique policies. ———— If you need help with the Government market, become a Skyway Connection Community licensee and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock. The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help small companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. - Learn more at: https://skywayacquisition.com/connect Membership benefits include: Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars Unlimited access to The RFP Score™ Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™ Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.
Rank #2: 250 - FAR Part 12 - Time & Materials. If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you. (not just for Contracting Officers!) Back in the "good old days" of acquisition reform, 20 plus years ago, FAR Part 12 was born with the intent of making it easier to buy commercial products. Kevin and Paul discuss a helpful addition to FAR Part 12 that now allows the use of the Time and Materials contract type. Stay tuned: we're going to be changing the name of the podcast in the near future to better link the podcast topics to the members only content in the Skyway community. The style, tone, and content will be the same. We'll just have a fancy new name. __________ If you’ve enjoyed today’s episode the Contracting Officer Podcast, we invite you to check out the Skyway Community at skywaymember.com. The Skyway Community is the essential resource for anyone at any stage of starting, growing and running your government contracting business. So whether you are just getting your first subcontract, or you are a successful government contractor, being a Skyway Community member will help you get to the next level. With our extensive course library, weekly and monthly training, exclusive member only discounts, access and tools, and a supportive and active Community to help you along the way with feedback, encouragement and advice, the Skyway Community is the perfect place for anyone looking to grow as a successful government contractor. Check it out at skywaymember.com. ___________ Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created the Contracting Officer Podcast to help Government and Industry acquisition professionals understand more about how the other side thinks. Admittedly, the podcast’s name sounds very limiting. It is not just for contracting officers or even just for those in the contracting profession. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts.
Rank #1: What lawmakers can do about gun violence, and helping black families save ancestral lands. Public pressure on lawmakers is growing across the country to reduce gun violence, but Congress may only be able to pass incremental legislation, explains CQ Roll Call’s legal affairs writer Todd Ruger. In the second segment of this podcast, we explore how Congress and a South Carolina center are trying to address the loss of land and wealth, particularly among African Americans, in what is commonly referred to as Heirs Property. Josh Walden of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in South Carolina discusses how thousands of acres of land, from the south to Appalachia, may be in dispute because of the lack of legal records.
Rank #2: Banking Deregulation in the Air. CQ banking reporter Doug Sword explains the state of play as Republicans (and some Democrats) try to relax banking regulations enacted during the Obama administration to safeguard against a repeat of the 2008 financial meltdown.
Rank #1: 001 Proposal Manager Questions. Welcome to ProposalCast, the podcast to help you understand the Government proposal process from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective. In this episode the hosts answer questions from a group of industry proposal managers. Learn what flexibility Contracting Officers have to deal with minor RFP compliance problems and other important source selection process issues. Kevin Jans and Paul Schauer created ProposalCast to help Government and Industry professionals understand the Government source selections process. From writing a request for proposals (RFP), to deciphering the RPF, writing a response, all the way to evaluating the proposals; this podcast will help you under not just the process, but how the other side thinks. As former Contracting Officers turned industry contracting professionals, Kevin and Paul offer unique insight into the Government acquisition world. Anyone with an interest in the Federal acquisition world can benefit from the insight and down-to-earth explanations of complicated topics provided by the hosts. ———— If you need help with the Government market, join the Skyway Connection Community and get access to one-on-one insights, time-saving tools, and contract-centric training resources that will make sure you’re ready to take advantage of opportunities each time they knock.The Skyway Connection© Community was created specifically to help small companies expand their knowledge and capabilities, and to increase their competitive position in federal government acquisitions. - Learn more at: https://skywayacquisition.com/connectMembership benefits include: Access to Skyway Insight© Webinars Unlimited access to The RFP Score™ Access to Ask a Contracting Officer Forum™ Priority Access to Skyway Team for Skyway Insight, capture, proposal support
Rank #1: The Navy is challenging you to detect cyber attacks with AI and it pays, too. Hack-a-thons are a becoming more and more frequent around the Defense Department these days, but what about artificial intelligence contests? The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command is offering $150,000 to whoever has the best AI software to beef up the service’s cybersecurity. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talked with David Crotty, technical director at the Navy's Information Assurance and Cyber Security Program Office, and Michael Karlbom, the office’s lead for machine learning and AI. Hear more details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Rank #2: New rule about protecting 'controlled' information to affect contractors, other gov't partners. Controlled, unclassified information (CUI) may not be top secret but agencies and their contractors are obligated to protect it. A sweeping new rule about CUI is on its way, and will affect not only the government but also contractors, grantees and academic partners. For the latest, Tom Temin spoke with Bob Metzger, an attorney at Rogers, Joseph O'Donnell and co-author of the Mitre Report "Deliver Uncompromised." Hear more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Rank #1: On the Go with VAO Weekly News Podcast for June 5, 2015. Join us every Friday, when the VAO Daily Acquisition News team breaks down the top headlines and trends in federal acquisition. Headlines covered in this week's podcast:OFPP issues reverse auction guidanceProposed rule would establish new locality pay areasGSA identifies steps to smooth transition to NS2020GSA unveils online resources for professional services contracting18F publishes best practice guides for digital servicesDoD updates guidance on acquiring, managing IT servicesDoD instruction addresses protection of critical program informationProposed rule would define multiple-award contractProposed rule would implement regulations on contract bundlingProposed rule, guidance would implement executive order on fair pay, safe workplaces
Rank #2: On the Go with VAO Weekly News Podcast for Week Ending December 23, 2016. Join us every Friday, when the VAO Daily Acquisition News team breaks down the top headlines and trends in federal acquisition. Headlines covered in this week's podcast:Sustained! Protest Rate Spikes in FY2016Congress Finishes Work on Federal Property Management Bills, IG Empowerment ActHow to Host ChallengesSBA, GSA, OFPP at Odds on Rule of TwoFinish DHS Headquarters, Save $1.2BIR&D Action Should be a "Major" RulePay Agent Approves 2 Localities for 2018Rules and Regs Go Mobile8 Protests Stall DHS' FLASHFAC 2005-94: Final Rules on Subcontractor Payments, Privacy TrainingDoD Issues 4 Rules, Extends IR&D Comments DeadlineSBA Final Rule Allows Credit for Subcontracting at Any Tier
Rank #1: The Effect of Chairman Ryan's Radical Budget Plan on Medicare. Paul Van de Water, Senior Fellow, discusses how Chairman Paul Ryan's budget plan would affect Medicare.
Rank #2: Governors Budgets Proposals: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Erica Williams, Policy Analyst with the Center's State Fiscal Project discusses how proposed budgets put forth by many governors would greatly harm their states residents.
Rank #1: What to Expect as the New 116th Congress Gets Under Way. If it’s a new year in an odd-numbered year, then you’ve got yourself a new Congress. As the 116th Congress is sworn in, things are going to look and operate differently: A record number of women in the House and Senate, new ethics rules, divided government and hats — maybe— on the House floor! Also, amid it all, the 2020 presidential race is already well under way. Roll Call staff writer Katherine Tully-McManus breaks down the biggest changes for Political Theater.
Rank #2: The State of Lobbying is, Well, Pretty Darn Good. Last year, Julian Ha of Heidrick & Struggles said the swamp was “constipated,” as the lobbying world continued adjusting to the Trump administration and Congress. And now? Things are starting to flow again. Ha and CQ Roll Call lobbying reporter Kate Ackley discuss the state of lobbying, 2019 edition.
Rank #1: Ep 073 - How To Accelerate Your Government Sales. Would you like to speed up the pace of your government sales? Of course, you would. Ask any business owner this question and the answer will always be a resounding YES! This is exactly what we talk about in this episode of Game Changers for Government Contractors. We sat down with Carroll Bernard of Govology.com to discuss tips and tricks that will accelerate your sales. This is an absolute MUST listen to episode of the podcast.Does your business need a breakthrough? Are you stuck and just don't know what or how to get to the next level? Schedule a Business Breakthrough Session today. Just click here: https://rsmfederal.com/breakthroughcoaching
Rank #2: Ep 010: Using Social Media to Engage Your Ideal Buyers. In this episode, we discuss using social media to attract and market to your ideal buying audience. Key discussion points include: myths and facts about social media, which platforms you should be using, and creating a game plan for using social media.Get Your Free Government Contractor's Success Kit now with key templates, strategies, graphics packs, and free bonus training video. Just click here: https://federal-access.com/?wpam_id=6
Rank #1: CQ Roll Call Analysis: Lower spending, deficits partially due to budget control law . CQ Roll Call's Budget Editor Peter Cohn combed through the numbers since Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and found something remarkable: the spending caps produced some results but most of the savings were because of factors out of Congress' hands.
Rank #2: Two tax battles await Congress in September. Senate Democrats are preparing to fight the Trump administration over a $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes, says CQ Roll Call's budget and tax editor Peter Cohn. And some conservatives are pressing the White House to bypass Congress to index capital gains taxes to inflation, in a move that would cut taxes for wealthy stock owners.
Rank #1: The federal evidence agenda & lessons for state/local leaders: An interview with Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution – Episode #70. What are the key themes of the Obama Administration’s evidence-based policy agenda around grant making and what can state and local leaders learn from those efforts to strengthen the use of evidence in their own jurisdictions? We get perspective on those questions from Ron Haskins, the author (with Greg Margolis) of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy. The book describes the development and implementation of six evidence-based social policy initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration, spanning areas such as education, teen pregnancy, employment and training, and health. He also published a related opinion piece in the New York Times. He is a former White House and congressional advisor on social policy issues. Today he is a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families as well as the Budgeting for National Priorities Project. Web extras: Ron Haskins discusses the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, one of the six evidence-based social policy initiatives he discusses in his book. [click here] The post The federal evidence agenda & lessons for state/local leaders: An interview with Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution – Episode #70 appeared first on Gov Innovator podcast.
Rank #2: Wins for data and evidence-based policy in the bipartisan budget deal: An interview with Nick Hart, Bipartisan Policy Center – Episode #165. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed by Congress and signed by the President on February 9th, 2018, contains several noteworthy bright spots in the use of data and evidence-based policy. Those wins suggest there is continuing bipartisan support in Washington for using evidence, data and innovation to improve the results and cost-effectiveness of Federal programs and policies. To walk us through the most notable examples, we are joined by Nick Hart (@NickRHart), the director of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Additional resources: For more information, see overviews by BPC [click here], Results for America [click here] and three posts from Feb. 9th from the Social Innovation Research Center [click here]. The post Wins for data and evidence-based policy in the bipartisan budget deal: An interview with Nick Hart, Bipartisan Policy Center – Episode #165 appeared first on Gov Innovator podcast.
Rank #1: Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Government: A Conversation with Dan Chenok and Mallory Barg Bulman. How will AI change government? We focus on three areas of impact: a transformed workday, a potential for personalized customer service, and an increased importance of technical and data skills. I explored this and more with Dan Chenok and Mallory Barg Bulman. Listen to the podcast.
Rank #2: Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. What are some of the most significant challenges facing the African continent? What is the mission of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University? How is it developing the next generation of international leaders? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Dean, of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Listen to the podcast.
Rank #1: Blockchain in Healthcare: The Potential Benefits, Risks. Indiana University Health is evaluating the use of blockchain in two areas to improve healthcare information security, Mitch Parker, CISO, says in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference. He sizes up the potential risks and benefits.
Rank #2: Identity as a Game-Changing Breach Defense. Often in breach response, security professionals focus on the technical aspects of the attack. Yet, the non-technical aspects are often more insidious, says Teju Shyamsundar of Okta. And Identity can be a powerful tool to bolster defenses.
Rank #1: Reporter Roundtable: 2019 Fundamentals for the Federal Workforce. Tune in this week for the mid-year reporter roundtable. Hear from top federal employee reporters about how 2019 is going and what is still to come for the federal workforce.
Rank #2: Preparing Young People for Public Service. Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on the transition between college and government.