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3:38 am, April 19, 2014

USAID News

Larry Sampler, U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development is looking for a new way to protect its more than $15 billion of investments in Afghanistan. With most U.S. troops leaving this year, development workers expect it will be harder to eyeball construction in remote areas of the country. USAID has a new technology project to keep tabs on its investments. Larry Sampler, assistant to the administrator in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Office at USAID, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the agency's plan. Read Associated Press' related article.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 09:11am EDT
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Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade Issues, GAO

The Agriculture Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are at loggerheads over a computer application called Web Based Supply Chain Management system. USAID quit using it shortly after it rolled out in 2011. Agriculture officials say they've fixed the problems. They say the information USAID is tracking outside the system isn't always accurate. Thomas Melito, director of International Affairs and Trade Issues at the Government Accountability Office, looked into this spat and shared what he found with Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 10:54am EDT
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U.S. goes high-tech to help oversee Afghan aid work

The main U.S. foreign assistance agency wants to step up use of smartphones, satellite imagery and GPS cameras to oversee tax-funded development projects in Afghanistan that aid workers no longer will be able to observe firsthand as American troops leave the country.

Sunday - 03/16/2014, 11:50pm EDT

DoD, State see light at end of wartime contracting reform tunnel

In responding to a list of wartime contracting changes Congress ordered last year, agencies cited many advances, but acknowledge challenges remain. Recent audits show major problems in how the Defense and State departments, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, continue to spend billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

Thursday - 07/18/2013, 05:54am EDT
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State Department utilizing college talent virtually

The State Department is enlisting digital- and media-savvy college students to complete short- and long-term diplomacy tasks remotely.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 04:43pm EDT

Charge disclosed in Cuban spying against US

Charge in Cuban spy case unsealed, accusing ex-State Dept. officer of conspiracy

Friday - 04/26/2013, 03:48pm EDT

Fed Cup drops 4th singles after 3-0 lead

Fed Cup changes rules on dead matches to make competition 'more player-friendly'

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 05:40pm EST

Possible USAID bid rigging probed

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible contract rigging by the general counsel at the government agency that distributes foreign aid.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 09:02am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 6, 2012

Kathleen Frisbee talks about mobile efforts at the Veterans Health Administration. Richard Buangan of the State Department talks about an agency Twitter account that tweets off-message. Ticora Jones discusses new development labs built with seed money from USAID.

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 09:43am EST

Small business contracting goal remains elusive

The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Few retired feds cash in on dual compensation

Among six federal agencies surveyed, few are using a defense waiver allowing partially retired workers to collect a salary and their full pension benefit, a new Government Accountability Office report says.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 04:01pm EDT

DoD, State implement only fraction of wartime contracting recommendations

A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission's concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 07:27pm EDT

USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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USAID using big data to its advantage

Chief Information Officer Jerry Horton said his agency is now linking its procurement and financial systems, among others, to take advantage of the large amounts of data USAID produces.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 12:42pm EDT

USAID crowdsources to clean up aid data

The United States Agency for International Development called on volunteers to clean up data with more accurate geolocation information. Over the weekend, USAID held a crowdsourcing event asking for volunteers from the public to help code and research information on 20,000 records.

Monday - 06/04/2012, 10:46am EDT
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USAID emphasizes strengthening local institutions

It's long been the tradition of the U.S. Agency for International Development to hire U.S. contractors and nongovernmental organizations. But USAID is not shifting its investments to local entities.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 11:11am EDT
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NASA seeks innovations for space waste

NASA is looking for ways to re-purpose waste in space, and the space agency is turning to innovators to come up with some ideas.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:57am EDT
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USAID using childcare subsidy as another way to retain employees

The U.S. Agency for International Development has joined more than 30 other agencies in offering a childcare subsidy for lower-income employees. The program has been shown to help retain employees for relatively little money but many agencies still do not offer it, said Steve Bauer, executive director of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund, which is managing the USAID program.

Friday - 02/24/2012, 05:10am EST
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Van Dyck joins OMB to work on mobile, .gov reform efforts

Van Dyck comes to the E-Government and IT office to work as a policy analyst after working at the FCC and most recently USAID.

Tuesday - 02/21/2012, 04:54pm EST

Signs of fraud in the workplace

Ken Bricker, a partner at Dixon, Hughes and Goodman, discusses some checks managers can put to prevent embezzlement.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 12:26pm EST
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