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Department of Energy News

LEED green building standard clears first hurdle for governmentwide use

The Green Building Advisory Committee recommends GSA establish the LEED certification as the governmentwide standard for all federal buildings. GSA will work with Energy and DoD to come up with the final decision.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 05:47am EDT
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Acting energy secretary to be sworn in Tuesday

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is ending his tenure after four years and three months. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman will serve as acting secretary beginning Tuesday and serve until a successor is sworn in.

Monday - 04/22/2013, 06:20pm EDT

Nearly 250 laid off at Wash. Hanford nuclear site

The Department of Energy announced that 235 people will be laid off, and more than 2,500 will be furloughed for several weeks, as a result of automatic federal budget cuts.

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 08:14am EDT

Energy nominee favors all-of the-above approach

Obama energy choice backs natural gas as 'bridge fuel' to reach clean energy

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 01:18pm EST

Obama nominates next heads of EPA, Energy

President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced Monday.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 03:10am EST

Obama nominates Wal-Mart's Burwell as budget chief

Obama nominates Wal-Mart's Sylvia Burwell as next budget chief in midst of fiscal battles

Monday - 03/04/2013, 03:10pm EST

DOE: Budget cuts may slow nuclear waste cleanup

Energy Department says budget cuts could delay cleanup at highest-risk nuclear sites

Friday - 03/01/2013, 01:18pm EST

Four generations of public service help Williams succeed at Energy

With 30 years of experience as a federal employee, Thomas Williams considers the government a great place to work. He even encouraged his youngest daughter to follow in the footsteps of her father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His leadership skills have earned him the honor of being names one of Federal News Radio's Top Leaders in Federal Service.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:34am EST

Energy Secretary Chu to step down

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan, is stepping down.

Friday - 02/01/2013, 03:42pm EST

NNSA CIO Osborn retiring

Bob Osborn, the National Nuclear Security Administration's chief information officer, is leaving the government after more than 36 years of service.

Thursday - 01/17/2013, 05:17pm EST

Agencies tackle cloud, mobile, big data convergence

OMB and NIST are seeking help from industry and academia on how to integrate cloud computing and the large amount of information that is created from mobile computing. The goal is not just to know what data agencies have, but the value the data brings. With all this focus on cloud and big data integration, could agencies be on the hook for a new "big data" strategy?

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 05:22am EST
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GSA challenges real estate developers with a 'once-in-a-several-lifetimes' opportunity

The General Services Administration issued two requests for information earlier this month to redevelop the FBI headquarters building and the area of Washington known as Federal Triangle South. Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said he's willing to entertain any and all ideas for saving the government money, making the buildings more efficient and helping to transform the neighborhoods.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 05:19am EST

Energy modernizing IT in layers with mobile at the top

Bob Brese, the agency's CIO, said cloud service and security operations center will help make the move to smartphones and tablet computers easier.
December 20, 2012 (Encore presentation January 31, 2013)

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 06:48pm EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 12, 2012

Dr. A. Hunter Fanney talks about a house the NIST Engineering Lab is using to study green technologies. Dr. Cheryl Martin discusses the Energy Department's recent round of grants to foster new technology. Financial Planner Arthur Stein discusses the impact of FERS over the last 25 years. Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill newspapers reviews upcoming legislation on Capitol Hill.

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 09:32am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Nov. 6, 2012

Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress says sequestration may not be such a bad thing. Buddy Bland talk about upgrades to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's supercomputer. Mark Russo of the FDA talks about food shortages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 08:31am EST

Energy Department missing big opportunity to cut travel costs

An inspector general report found that while the Energy Department "moved swiftly" to reduce travel spending by its employees following a White House directive, it omitted a sizable chunk of its workforce from those efforts: contractors. The IG recommended the agency take steps to reduce contractors' foreign travel spending. Because contractors greatly outnumber federal employees at DoE and make up the lion's share of foreign travel, they should be included in cost-reduction efforts, the IG said.

Wednesday - 10/24/2012, 07:38pm EDT

GSA targets cluster of federal buildings for redevelopment

The General Services Administration is considering redeveloping an area that includes the Energy Department complex, FAA buildings, GSA offices and the old Cotton Annex.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 03:23pm EDT
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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

Big data gauntlet thrown down for agencies

Three agencies launched the Big Data Challenge Wednesday asking for ideas to bring together disparate data sets that help agencies meet their missions better. The contest is part of the administration's national big data development effort. The TechAmerica Foundation also released a new report to help agencies understand and use information more effectively.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Cool Roofs Initiative helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals

Agencies are installing white, reflective roofs, solar panels and plant-filled green roofs to cut down on energy costs and save taxpayers money. This is all in response to President Barack Obama's executive order requiring agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:26am EDT
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