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USAID's Beers provides 'tremendous' leadership during response to Ebola outbreak

The Partnership for Public Service recently named Mia Beers as a 2015 Sammies finalist for leading the U.S. Agency for International Development Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team's efforts during the last year's Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Tags: Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team , Mia Beers , Ebola , Sammies 2015 , Service to America Medals , Partnership for Public Service , In Depth , Michael OConnell , people

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:53pm EDT

Mia Beers, Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division, USAID

The number of Ebola cases reaches its peak in Liberia in September, with 300 new cases a week. By December, they were down to 30 a week. Mia Beers is a leader of the U.S. Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team and director of the Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division at USAID. She led 40 people from the agency, and she coordinated the work of four other federal agencies to train health care workers, set up laboratories and do "contact tracing" to find people who came into contact with the disease. Beers is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the national security and international affairs category. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about her strategy in West Africa.

Tags: Mia Beers , In Depth with Francis Rose , Ebola , disaster response

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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Ask the CHCO - Elizabeth Kolmstetter of USAID

On this edition of "Ask the CHCO", host Lauren Larson interviews Elizabeth Kolmstetter of USAID about the scope of human capital at the agency.

Tags: Ask the CHCO , Elizabeth Kolmstetter , human resources , Management Concepts , Lauren Larson

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:22pm EDT

Mark Peterson, Division Chief for Data and Analytics, USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development wants to channel a river of big data into an analysis program that can power future management decisions. The agency has a request for information out to find ways to transform the data into a more useful and visually intuitive form. Mark Peterson is division chief for data and analytics at USAID. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared details on what kind of data USAID has and what it wants to do with it.

Tags: Mark Peterson , In Depth , big data , Technology

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:28pm EST
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USAID suspends awards to Virginia-based contractor

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Tags: contracting , Afghanistan , Iraq , International Relief and Development , management , Oversight

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:30pm EST

Tom Shoop, Editor in Chief, Government Executive

The head of the U.S. Agengy for International Development is stepping down after five years of service. Tom Shoop is Editor in Chief at Government Executive magazine. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said that leader will leave behind a legacy that proves innovation can happen in a stifling federal bureaucracy in a relatively short amount of time.

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Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:34pm EST
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Wendy Taylor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Workers on the front lines battling Ebola face a lot of dangers. One of the biggest? Simply taking off their protective suits at the end of the day. It's a multi-step process with no margin for error. To combat this and other logistical problems, the U.S. Agency for International Development launched what it calls the "Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge." It solicited designs and innovations from all over the world. Wendy Taylor, director of USAID's Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to parse the challenge's results.

Tags: Wendy Taylor , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Ebola , Ebola Grand Challenge , innovation

Friday - 12/19/2014, 11:21am EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Agency for International Development has tapped a former senior engineer at Google to run its new Global Development Lab. Ann Mei Chang will start later this month. She spent eight years at the Silicon Valley powerhouse before stints at the State Department and the nonprofit Mercy Corps. From her San Francisco home, Chang spoke with Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive about the lab and her intentions for it.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Tom Temin , Global Development Lab , Ann Mei Chang , Mercy Corps

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 10:14am EST
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Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Tags: Ebola , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , workforce , DoD , AFGE , J. David Cox , Emily Kopp , contracting , industry

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT
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