Federal Drive Show Blog - February 10, 2014

Monday - 2/10/2014, 9:25am EST

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Today's Interviews:

Todd Harrison
Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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There's no shortage of think tanks in Washington. One of their favorite topics is the Defense Department what it should do, and how much it should spend on what.

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments gave itself and three fellow think tanks a single assignment: Come up with a 10-year DoD spending plan within the limits as they exist now. Senior Fellow Todd Harrison discussed where they agreed and disagreed.

Janet Klug
Chairman
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee

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From tufted puffins to Harry Potter to Margaret Mitchell, the Postal Service has sold them all. The process for selecting stamp designs can be long, twisted and controversial. At times it could make some in Congress shiver.

An appointed board of citizens offers the Postal Service advice on stamp designs. Janet Klug is the new chairman. She gives a look inside the process.

Michael Schoenbaum (pictured) & Kenneth Cox
Scientist /Steering Committee Member
Army STARRS

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Suicides in the Army fell by 19 percent last year a welcome break that reversed a nearly 10-year rise. The Army has tried an all-hands-on-deck approach to the problem, but researchers don't fully understand the science behind suicide.

Now they are finishing data collection for the largest mental health study ever attempted by the military. The project's acronym is STARRS. It's run by the Army and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Michael Schoenbaum, with NIMH, and Dr. Kenneth Cox, with the Army Public Health Command, have more.

Jared Serbu
DoD Reporter
Federal News Radio

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it's making a "course correction" on a system it calls its highest information technology priority. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, ICE calls a do-over after six years and $64 million.

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