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10:14 pm, November 21, 2014

Department of Energy News

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

An energy inspector general investigation has found several problems with the way Sandia National Laboratories awarded billions of dollars in maintenance and operations contracts to Lockheed Martin. The IG found a lack of competition and violation of at least one important statute. In this week's legal loop, attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Driveto explain what this investigation means for Sandia Martin.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 10:40am EST
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GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

Energy rebounds from cyber attack thanks to new IT asset tracking tool

The Energy Department developed a new tool to ensure outdated software doesn't remain on its network to create cyber vulnerabilities. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, said business and mission leaders receive a dashboard view of potential problems.

Friday - 10/24/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Rick Lauderdale, Chief Architect, Energy Department

The Energy Department has a new tool to help ensure an agency updates outdated software before it becomes a security risk. It's a good outcome from a bad event. Last year's cyber breach exposed data of more than 50,000 employees. Rick Lauderdale, Energy's chief architect, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about a new approach to give business leaders the data to make better risk-based cyber decisions.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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The energy behind the Department of Energy

What are key management and operational challenges facing the U.S. Department of Energy? How is Energy progressing with its environmental management clean up? How is Energy changing the way it does mission support? Join host Michael Keegan next week as he explores these questions and much more with David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management & Performance within the U.S. Department of Energy.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:01pm EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

Ken Sandler, Sustainability and Green Building Advisor, GSA

The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It's using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It's also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson's progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Pete Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Energy Department

The Energy Department is spending $67 million in research grants it hopes will lead to the nuclear technology of tomorrow. Research projects have been selected based on potential for big breakthroughs. Pete Lyons, assistant secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Energy Department, broke down the numbers with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 06:58am EDT
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Energy CIO Brese to leave government

Bob Brese is leaving government after almost 30 years, including the last 11 at the Energy Department.

Monday - 08/18/2014, 11:41am EDT

Brian Hitson, Office of Science and Technical Information, Energy Department

Following a White House directive, the Energy Department is putting the research it funds on a fast track to the public. It has launched a web portal it calls the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES). It will provide free public access to accepted peer reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. Brian Hitson, acting director of the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive. He explained why DoE launched the portal.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 09:36am EDT
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Army focuses energy investments on soldier power

The Army says the alternative and renewable energy industry should not look to the military as a giant source of investment capital for new technologies. But there are a few exceptions to that rule.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:02am EDT
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Cymbalsky builds consensus for new energy conservation standards

John Cymbalsky reached out to industry, environmental groups and consumers to quickly reach a consensus on new energy conservation standards for commercial equipment and residential appliances.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 12:11pm EDT

Agencies use of renewable energy at all-time high

Agencies released sustainability scorecards showing progress toward green goals. Overall, agencies have exceeded goals and reduced greenhouse gases, pollution and waste and increased renewables.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 06:20am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Category management launches five pilots; more vendor past performance data

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Thuc Hoang, Trinity Project Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Forty-two petaFLOPS equals one big upgrade for the National Nuclear Security Administration. A new super computer dubbed Trinity will be assembled next year at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The $174 million deal with Cray is one of the biggest contracts in the supercomputer manufacturers history. Cray also built supercomputer Cielo, which will be retired after Trinity is up and running. Thuc Hoang is the Trinity project manager in the Office for Advanced Simulation and Computing at the NNSA. She told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive how supercomputing supports the mission.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 10:24am EDT
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Senate confirms new deputy administrator at NNSA

Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to be the Energy Department's principal deputy administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:20pm EDT

Jason Black, Research Leader, Battelle

By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness. Threats to the electrical grid aren't just from cybersecurity, but also from a lack of physical security. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Battelle Memorial Institute to look into security of the bulk electricity system. Jason Black is the research leader at Battelle. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about his findings.

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:10am EDT
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John Cymbalsky, Energy Department

An Energy Department program designed to help consumers save money and the environment wasn't doing so well. It was hampered by lawsuits and a tug-of war between manufacturers and environmental groups. Then John Cymbalsky became program manager in 2010. Since then, the Energy Department has spit out energy-efficiency standards at double the pace. Now, he's nominated for a 2014 Sammies award. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what he did differently to fix the program. View a photo gallery of all Sammies finalists. Read a Q&A and related story.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:05am EDT
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Don Kettl, Professor, University of Maryland

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filled out its leadership under an unusual political deal. The Senate has confirmed the agency's Enforcement Chief Norman Bay to chair the commission. But he will have to wait nine months. In the interim, Acting Chairman Cheryl LeFleur will continue to lead the agency. Bay will serve as a board member while learning the ropes. Don Kettl is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain this unusual case.

Monday - 07/21/2014, 10:59am EDT
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GSA task force plans for future net-zero energy buildings

The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is planning to produce a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September.

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 03:50pm EDT
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