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EPA Administrator Jackson announces resignation

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, is stepping down after nearly four years marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health.

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 02:29pm EST

Watchdog to examine EPA use of alias emails

A government watchdog is looking into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson's use of alias email accounts to conduct official business.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:06pm EST

New contracts set EPA's roadmap toward IT centralization

Malcolm Jackson, the agency's CIO, said two new contracts for IT hardware and email will begin to transform the way EPA buys and uses technology.
November 29, 2012

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 06:37pm EST
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BP temporarily suspended from new federal contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency said BP's "lack of business integrity" in its conduct and response following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill weighed into its decision to temporarily suspend the company from obtaining new federal contracts.

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 11:08am EST

Lockheed Martin, Microsoft migrating EPA workforce to the cloud

EPA's 25,000 email users will be fully migrated to the cloud by early 2013 thanks to collaboration solutions provided by Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 11:37am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Nov. 1, 2012

Sean Patton of Lockheed Martin talks about the EPA's migration to a collaboration and communication service. Sanjay Koyani discusses a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Health and Human Services components to get better leverage out of the information it has. Engineer Norman R. Augustin talks about a new report on STEM prepared by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 09:47am EDT

HUBZone program in transition after losing 30 percent of firms

Federal agencies already have had a hard time meeting their goal to award 3 percent of contract dollars to small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). But the 2010 Census wiped out more than 30 percent of the HUBZone companies certified by the Small Business Administration leaving agencies searching for new firms and decertified firms trying to figure out what's next.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 05:00am EDT

EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies' about how they're succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:00am EDT

IT Innovation in the New Era of Government

Friday - 10/05/2012, 03:38pm EDT
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New FOIA portal promotes transparency, eases agency interactions

The Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the Commerce Department and National Archives to launch a new online portal aimed at streamlining the Freedom of Information Act request process for both the public and federal agencies.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:15am EDT
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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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Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation's enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 12:12pm EDT

AFGE files unfair labor practice against EPA for firing scientists

A federal union claims the Environmental Protection Agency fired two scientists for trying to organize a union at the EPA's National Exposure Research Lab in Athens, Ga.

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 04:09pm EDT

EPA cyber breach exposes 8,000 accounts

The Social Security numbers and bank routing numbers of about 8,000 accounts were exposed in a cyber breach of an Environmental Protection Agency database.

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 02:14pm EDT

GAO: Special hiring authority not a free pass

A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 06:11am EDT

EPA fixes security classification shortcomings

An inspector general report found the Environmental Protection Agency's national security information infrastructure needed improvement in light of a 2009 executive order. The report called for more comprehensive information security guidelines and better regulation of employees' security clearances.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 08:28pm EDT

Senate defeats bid to block EPA power plant rule

The Democrat-controlled Senate defeated a bid Wednesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants.

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 01:20pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - June 12

This is the Federal Drive show blog. Here you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 08:55am EDT

Agencies sitting on $70B in unspent funds, report finds

A congressional report released today outlines $70 billion of unspent federal dollars that could have helped disaster victims, spurred highway construction and fund education programs.

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 09:30am EDT

Federal Drive interviews -- May 30

David Berteau of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses a lawsuit on women in combat. John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service talks about a job-satisfaction report. Jeremy Herb of The Hill newspaper reviews the latest veterans issues being discussed on Capitol Hill. Mindy Eisenberg of the EPA reveals a new program to help find veterans jobs.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 09:23am EDT
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