May 2015

IDA Research Staff participate vigorously in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Highlights of IDA research activity from May 2015 follow.

IDA’s President on Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative

National Academy of Public Administration’s Presidential Transition 2016 InitiativeDavid S.C. Chu is jointly leading the National Academy of Public Administration’s Presidential Transition 2016 Initiative to offer the next administration management recommendations and trusted advice – in a completely non-partisan way – to build a more agile, responsive, and resilient government. Federal Times reported on the initiative on May 13.





IDA/DTRA Methodology in the News

The Susceptible, Exposed and Infected, Infectious, Removed, and Prophylaxis Efficacious Model

A cross-divisional team of IDA researchers supported the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Regional Contingency Team for Ebola, which assisted U.S. planning and response efforts for the recent West African Ebola Outbreak. A summary of their contributions was recently featured as a front-page article, “Modeling and Analysis Advance the Fight Against Ebola Outbreak in West Africa” in JSTO in the news, a DTRA newsletter. The work was organized as a quick-response effort under the DTRA-sponsored Operational Effects Analytical Support Program in SFRD and involved the interdivisional team led by Deena Disraelly of SFRD. Other participants included the following: from SFRD, John Bombardt, Sarah Butterworth, Jim Demyanovich, James Herrera, Margaret Katz, Sean Oxford, and Jeff Grotte; from JAWD, Meg Midyette; from STD, Allison King and Mike Finnin; from SED, Marcel Buford; from OED, Larysa Murray; and from CARD.