How DHS is improving lagging employee morale

A 2019 report shows that the Department of Homeland Security ranked last among large government agencies regarding workforce engagement, but DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Angela Bailey says the agency is working diligently to improve morale. Bailey discusses strategies the agency has implemented, including the Employee Family Readiness Council, which offers training and resources for mental health, financial wellness and child care, among others.

Is Spanglish more than a blend of 2 languages?

Spanglish is spoken in areas in which bilingual speakers communicate in both English and Spanish languages, such as in Texas along the US-Mexico border. This article and radio segment explore the growing interest in Spanglish and examines why it is difficult to define among languages.

Goldman Sachs tries to reinvent itself

Goldman Sachs' revenue and profit centers have eroded, in part because of regulation and electronic trading, and the task of restructuring and rejuvenating the company falls to CEO David Solomon. He's implementing the company's first multiyear strategic plan and emphasizing financial and bureaucratic efficiency, while Goldman has also relaxed its office culture, starting with the dress code.

Yakisoba noodles recognized as top school lunch

An Oregon school's popular yakisoba noodles have been recognized as the best school meal in the pasta category by an industry magazine. The dish -- made in the school's kitchen with noodles, sauce, cabbage and chicken -- was evaluated by nutritionists who based the award on factors including taste and ingredients.

Website aims to help people with cancer understand survival odds

GoodRx co-founder Stephen Buck worked with technology expert Omar Mehmood and oncologists to develop the Cancer Survival Rates website to make it easier for people with cancer and their families to find information about cancer prognoses. "We want this to be a conversation starter, for someone to take this information and ask their physician, 'What do you think about my prognosis?' " Buck said.

Report: Consumer app usage continues to surge

App Annie reports that app downloads increased 45% from 2016 through 2019, WhatsApp had the most active users in 2019, followed by Facebook, Messenger From Facebook, WeChat and Instagram, and time spent on TikTok surged 210% year-over-year. App Annie analysts call Generation Z the first real "mobile generation" and predict the rise in mobile ad spend will continue.

Report: US retail sales grew across the board in Dec.

US retail sales rose 0.3% in December from the previous month, and sales excluding gas and autos were up 0.5%, according to the Commerce Department. Sales increased 5.8% over December 2018, as consumers spent more in 12 out of 13 retail categories including apparel and building materials.

Tech roles dominate Glassdoor list of best jobs

Glassdoor has published its annual list of the 50 best jobs in the US, with the top seven being front end engineer, Java developer, data scientist, product manager, DevOps engineer, data engineer and software engineer. The list -- which includes 20 tech industry roles -- is based on earning potential, the number of openings listed on Glassdoor and job-satisfaction ratings.

Restructuring of FDA's OND to be delayed by about a week

The reorganization of the FDA's Office of New Drugs will be postponed by about a week, according to OND Director Peter Stein. "We initially anticipated launching Phase III on January 13, 2020, which would formally stand up the Office of Nonprescription Drugs, and the Office of Specialty Medicine, as well as the Regulatory Operations Divisions associated with these therapeutic areas," according to an email from Stein, who noted the launch is now scheduled for Jan. 21.

Greenblatt offers vision for HBO Max

HBO Max will complement sister service HBO when the streaming service launches, WarnerMedia's Robert Greenblatt explains in an interview where he expounds on the company's strategy for HBO Max for its May debut. "We're trying really hard to assign the same quality level and curated feeling that HBO has. It'll never be 50,000 hours of programming," he says.

Initial agreement reached on Nile River dam

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached an initial deal on the filling and operation of the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Nile River. Officials agreed the hydroelectric dam, which is 70% finished, should only be filled incrementally during the rainy season.

Very thin substances could be the future of manufacturing

Extremely thin two-dimensional materials such as molybdenum disulfide and graphene hold promise for the manufacturing of phones, headphones, solar cells and more. They can also be combined into three-dimensional blocks and deposited on silicon wafers for experiments.

American adds to executive team

American Airlines has named Brian Znotins vice president of network and schedule planning. Znotins, who has had a long airline career, will manage American's global route network and lead long-range planning efforts.

Ark. tribal leader says Okla. tribes provide far more than tax payment

Okla. Gov. Kevin Stitt, who wants tribal casinos to pay a higher tax percentage to the state, points to the 20% tribes in Arkansas pay, but Quapaw Chief John Berrey notes that Arkansas casinos "don't build hospitals ... don't build roads ... don't build homes," because they just give their proceeds to shareholders. Oklahoma tribes use money outside of their tax payments to the state to fund school lunch programs, medical clinics and emergency services on turnpikes and state highways.