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DARPA’s podcast series, "Voices from DARPA," offers a revealing and informative window on the minds of the Agency's program managers. In each episode, a program manager from one of DARPA’s six technical offices—Biological Technologies, Defense Sciences, Information Innovation, Microsystems Technology, Strategic Technology, and Tactical Technology—will discuss in informal and personal terms why they are at DARPA and what they are up to. The goal of "Voices from DARPA" is to share with listene ...
 
Featuring interviews with GAO officials on significant issues and new reports, the Watchdog Report is recorded, hosted, and produced by GAO staff.
 
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As awareness about lead in water systems has grown, so too has concern over lead exposure in our schools. We explore the federal government's role when it comes to testing schools' water systems for lead. Is there room for improvement?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
GAO's 'how-to' book for auditing is known as the Yellow Book. Hear what it is, who it's for, and what's changed with new revisions.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is an inter-agency group that reviews certain business deals to see what effect they may have on national security. GAO reported on the challenges the DoD faces as a CFIUS member.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
What role does the USDA play in providing meals to children in low-income families during the summer break? Is there room for improvement?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Information technology plays a pivotal role as the IRS processes the nation's taxes. In this podcast, GAO takes a look at how the IRS is handling IT risks and investments.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
The United States faces a highly challenging fiscal future. We discuss our update on the fiscal condition and long-term fiscal health of the U.S. government in this podcast.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Paul “Rusty” Thomas, a program manager since 2017 in the Agency’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO), chronicles how his several-decade career within the commercial space industry has taught him a thing or two about designing, manufacturing, launching, and operating more than 130 civilian and gove ...…
 
Veterans Choice Program: Improvements Needed to Address Access-Related Challenges as VA Plans Consolidation of its Community Care Program.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
The Missile Defense Agency has had some ups and downs this past year. Hear what GAO found in the latest report on the MDA.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Join us as we discuss a GAO report exploring the federal government's role in overseeing states' mental health protection and advocacy.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
1.1 million Americans flew drones in 2017 according to the FAA. And that number is expected to more than double over the next five years. The Watchdog Report podcast goes on location to discuss how the FAA plans to maintain safety in the national airspace as the industry grows.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
What's it like buying tickets online? GAO explores hidden fees, purchasing bots, and reseller markups.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
What happens once a decade, is constitutionally required, and counts every American? The census. Join us as we discuss what to expect in 2020.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
It’s time for GAO's annual review of NASA’s biggest projects. From human space flight to telescopes, we discuss issues and improvements.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Are schools and their consultants giving borrowers incomplete or inaccurate information about repaying their student loans?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
GAO issues a yearly report identifying duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in federal programs - as well as opportunities for the federal government to save money and increase revenue. So, what's new this year?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Renee Wegrzyn, a program manager since 2016 in the Agency’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), recounts the origins of her current interests in synthetic biology and genomics, both of them powerful frameworks for engineering biological systems for technological ends. Still wielding influence ...…
 
Join us as we explore how the Department of Defense has handled their major weapons systems acquisitions over the past year.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
What do guidelines say about the maximum length of time service members can be away from home? Limited enforcement and data make that a difficult question to answer.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Foodborne illness can affect the health and safety of Americans. A GAO report digs into how the USDA can help keep meat and poultry pathogen free.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
The Base Realignment and Closure process has changed the physical landscape of DoD for the past three decades. Hear what GAO recommends for the next BRAC round.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Illegal opioids have been around for a long time. So what's different about the rise of illicit synthetic opioid use, and what can be done about it?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, David Gunning chronicles his three tours of duty as a DARPA program manager (PM), including his latest tour with the Agency’s Information Innovation Office. Throughout his DARPA service, David has combined his training and interests in computer science and psychology in ways that have extended t ...…
 
New Artificial Intelligence technologies may fill you with hope or dread. But AI has arrived, and GAO takes a look at how it may affect some industry sectors.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
While emerging financial technologies have been making news of late, we explore some FinTech risks for consumers.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Americans buying homes may find help with federal homeownership assistance programs. But those programs aren't designed to accelerate equity building. Should they be?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
Billions of dollars from millions of retirement accounts are up in the air. What can be done to ensure Americans aren’t missing out on retirement funds?By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
We look at what's changing with counterfeit goods, and what the government is doing to keep rights' holders and Americans safe.By webmaster@gao.gov (Government Accountability Office).
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, COL Matthew Hepburn, a program manager since 2013 with the Agency’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), explains how his urgent ambition to develop ways and means of disarming current and emerging infectious and pandemic diseases—think here of Ebola, influenza, and Chikungunya—has led to a portfolio of go ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, electrical engineer Kerry Bernstein, a program manager since 2012 with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), chronicles how his decades of experience in the trenches of the microelectronics manufacturing world drives what he does at DARPA. He is all about ensur ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, physicist Rosa Alejandra “Ale” Lukaszew, a program manager who is just finishing her first year with the Agency’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), recounts how her interest in quantum phenomena took root at the age of 10 when already she could write down the equations of uncertainty. Now, at DARPA, she is cha ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, sociocultural anthropologist Adam Russell, a program manager with the Agency’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), discusses his vision for a range of technologies that could help usher in a next-generation social science. At the crux of this future view are novel experimental designs, practices, and tools to ta ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, Jim Galambos, a program manager with the Agency’s Strategic Technology Office (STO), talks about the opportunities and challenges of rethinking military platforms like submarines and aircraft as systems of systems, much as a human body can be thought of as a system of circulatory, neurological, sensory, mus ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, Maj. Christopher Orlowski, a program manager with extensive military experience and now at the end of his tenure of the Agency’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO), draws a line from his research programs in mechanized and robotic undersuits, vehicles, and human-machine systems, which are driven by the goal o ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, synthetic biologist and program manager Justin Gallivan of the Agency’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO) shares his vision of leveraging biology’s astonishing, evolution-honed abilities for making molecules and materials (think here of protein and wood) into powerful new technologies that fall into the ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, get inside the full-spectrum engineering head of Dr. Troy Olsson, a program manager since 2014 in the Agency’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). Listen in as Olsson describes progress toward vanishing materials that can keep sensitive electronic components out of adversaries’ hands; unmanned air vehicle ...…
 
In this episode of Voices from DARPA, get to know Dr. Jonathan Pfautz, a program manager since 2015 in DARPA's Information Innovation Office (I2O), where he epitomizes the Agency’s deliberate blindness to traditional disciplinary boundaries. With a background in computer engineering and electrical engineering, as well as in the cognitive and be ...…
 
Mr. Wade Shen of the Agency’s Information Innovation Office has made it his mission to improve how human beings and their computers put their respective heads and cognitive frameworks together to yield deep insight into how the world works and how information affects the way people think and act. Listen in on how Shen is enacting that mission w ...…
 
In this episode of DARPA’s podcast series, Voices from DARPA, join program manager Fariba Fahroo of the Agency’s Defense Sciences Office as she discusses how important mathematics can be for, in her words, “keeping our models honest.” By characterizing the uncertainties inherent in the computer models and algorithms we develop to better underst ...…
 
In this episode of DARPA’s podcast series, Voices from DARPA, join program manager Lin Haas of the Agency’s Strategic Technology Office as he shares his expansive view on the current and future roles of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) technology, whose most famous incarnation is known as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Haas revea ...…
 
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In this episode of DARPA’s podcast series, Voices from DARPA, join program manager Blake Bextine of the Agency’s Biological Technologies Office as he talks about his virus- and insect-mediated vision for protecting food crops from natural and human-wrought threats, including drought and biological warfare. With his Insect Allies program, Bextin ...…
 
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