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NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars

NASA Mars mission in 2020 to try to turn Martian air into key rocket fuel ingredient: oxygen

Monday - 08/04/2014, 04:50pm EDT

Glenn Delgado, Associate Administrator Office of Small Business Programs, NASA

For the first time in nearly a decade, the government earned an 'A' for meeting its small business contracting goals. That's 23 percent of contracting dollars across the government. NASA got the equivalent of an 'A+'. Nearly 30 percent of its contracts went to small and disadvantaged businesses. How did they do it? Glenn Delgado is associate administrator of NASA's Office of Small Business Programs. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the commitment starts at the top.

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:59pm EDT
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NASA, FDIC score high marks for leadership communication

When it comes to leadership communication, NASA and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rise to the top, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis released Wednesday.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Failure to launch? Auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to build big rockets on time

Saturday - 07/26/2014, 12:58pm EDT

The public-private future of NASA

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, former NASA Deputy Director Lori Garver gives her take on the agency's future.

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 11:39am EDT

Belva Martin, Government Accountability Office

A group of foreign nationals working on one of NASA's major projects found a way to choose their own security clearances to gain access to sensitive technologies. The way they did it was pretty simple. NASA just let them do it. Belva Martin is director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office. In a new GAO report, she looks at NASA's supply chain security. She shared a few ways the agency can tighten up its grip on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 06/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Agencies taking the 'Burger King' approach to strategic reviews

OMB is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet key parts of the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010. NASA, NSF say they are developing strategic review processes that fit their specific mission goals. Agencies are going through the first set of reviews and rankings this summer.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:04am EDT
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Former NASA CIO discusses the art of leadership, taking risks

Former NASA CIO and cloud computing pioneer Linda Cureton sits down with Women of Washington hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm to discuss leadership, the importance of taking risks and current fiscal constraints on NASA.

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 10:45am EDT

Camsie McAdams, Deputy Director, Office of STEM, Department of Education

The government is in the biggest drive to promote STEM since the Sputnik era. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The country needs more students to become interested in these vital fields. Now the Education Department and NASA have teamed up in a novel approach attract students to STEM. Camsie McAdams is the deputy director of the STEM office at Education. She spoke with Tom and Emily on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 06:47pm EDT
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Lindenmoyer taps private industry to fulfill NASA's space transportation needs

Alan Lindenmoyer, program manager in NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program at the Johnson Space Center, spearheaded the effort to use private industry to provide the space agency's orbital transportation services.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 06:04pm EDT

Román uses satellite data to detect wildfires, monitor effects of climate change

While many people may think NASA is focused on space and looking at the stars alone, NASA research physical scientist Miguel O. Román is using satellite data to monitor changes in the Earth's environment.

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 02:34pm EDT

Miguel Roman, Research Scientist, NASA Goddard

The Service to America Medals honor federal employees who go above and beyond their job descriptions to serve the public. For the next few months, Federal News Radio will be speaking to many of the finalists. On today's Federal Drive, Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Miguel Roman, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. His studies of thermal infrared imaging technology have helped authorities detect and fight wildfires. He's also used satellite imagery to quantify electricity use worldwide and map the impact of storms on the power grid. View photos and read more about each of this year's 33 finalists. In addition, read a Q&A with Miguel Román.

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:56am EDT
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Hearing weighs causes of, solutions to low morale in federal workforce

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, hosted a hearing Tuesday to discuss the low morale of federal employees and explore possible solutions for agencies seeking to improve it.

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Rod Pyle, Author, Innovation the NASA Way

So you don't think the federal bureaucracy is so creative? A new analysis of the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows innovation in government is on the wane. Just one-third of federal employees say their agencies reward outside-the-box thinking. The Partnership for Public Service and its partners in the analysis find some bright spots, however. At the top is NASA. Author Rod Pyle has written a new book on the agency, called Innovation the NASA Way. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about his book.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:14am EDT
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Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, 'selfies'

From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:56am EDT

NASA fixing security holes in oversight of foreign nationals

Changes come in the wake of a NASA-commissioned report on the issue of foreign nationals' access to sensitive information. The study, which has not been released to the public, found the agency had failed to establish a central management structure for those workers' access to data and didn't impose consequences when its policies were violated.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 03:56am EDT
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An update on the Senior Executives Service

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will discuss the status of the SES, and Nicole Johnson and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about cloud computing and the likelihood that feds will get a pay raise.
April 9, 2014

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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NASA cuts ties with Russia except on space station

NASA cuts ties with Russia over Ukraine crisis; cooperation with space station continues

Saturday - 04/05/2014, 05:30am EDT

Marcia Smith, Editor, SpacePolicyOnline.com

U.S. tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis have spilled over into space. NASA has suspended all joint activities with Russia, except for the International Space Station. Employees cannot email or hold teleconferences with Russian counterparts. Marcia Smith, editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com discussed the situation with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read the Associated Press' related article.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:21am EDT
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Better trained supervisors key to improving morale

Federal News Radio's survey of agency chief human capital officers and deputy CHCOs finds that employee engagement and supervisor training are among the most common ways they are improving the morale of the workforce. NASA CHCO Jeri Buchholz said training of these supervisors is key to making agencies run more smoothly.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 06:14am EDT
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